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8 GIFs of Bill Cosby Dancing. What it says on the tin. Move the furniture and get down!
posted by sweetkid (28 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Sing like nobody's listening,
Love like you've never been hurt,
Dance like nobody's zip zop skibbidy doo bop
posted by sourwookie at 8:21 PM on February 8, 2013 [9 favorites]


With the hippin' and the hoppin' and the bippin' and the boppin'.
posted by persona at 8:24 PM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


I always find it funny that, to a large part of the world, Bill Cosby is The Cosby Show. My mom had tapes of his standup bits she used to play in the car when I was young.

Bill was the man who did the hysterical bit about him and his childhood friend hiding under the movie theatre seats for days, surviving on dropped candy, in order to avoid the hour when "the monsters come out" long before he was the dad on that sitcom.

But, yeah, the guy can dance.
posted by sendai sleep master at 8:25 PM on February 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


My family would have sometimes have random dance parties during my childhood, basically about the same time as the Cosby Show (I'm Rudy's age). So did my best friend's, to a degree. So I just thought all families had dance parties at night. I miss the 80s.
posted by sweetkid at 8:29 PM on February 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


My brain, being the way it is, is now thinking of gifs of Bill Cosby shaving his legs, as imagined by film auteur Eli Roth.

So, pretty much I'm never sleeping again.
posted by Mezentian at 8:54 PM on February 8, 2013


sendai sleep master, those were terrific. But Cosby's reinvented himself several times over the years. Some remember him from I Spy, those weird 70s movies like "Mother, Jugs and Speed," the Fat Albert cartoon (based on some uproarious stand-up routines he did), or even his voices on Sesame Street (he's the cartoon typewriter!), first-season Electric Company, Picture Pages, and Little Bill.
posted by JHarris at 9:03 PM on February 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Thursday night in the eighties: The Cosby Show, then Family Ties, then Cheers, then Night Court, then Hill Street Blues.

Sigh.
posted by KHAAAN! at 9:03 PM on February 8, 2013 [11 favorites]


The Cosby Show was my self professed favorite TV show when I was six.

I will always be grateful for that.
posted by Sara C. at 9:24 PM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]



The Cosby Show was my self professed favorite TV show when I was six.

Mine was Punky Brewster, no contest.
posted by sweetkid at 9:27 PM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just rediscovered the beesbeesbees animated gif and, despite thorough searching, am amazed that it was never part of any FPP I can find.
posted by Sara C. at 10:00 PM on February 8, 2013 [11 favorites]


I always think that crying lady just really needs bees. Maybe she is into local honey...



Man, how Brooklyn am I?
posted by sweetkid at 10:10 PM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mine was Punky Brewster, no contest.

Oh my gosh. When I was eight I was over at my friend's house playing some ridiculous yard game. My foot got caught as I leapt over a juniper bush and I landed on my face on her driveway, splitting my eyebrow open. Her mom --- an RN --- washed me off, called my mom for me, took me back to my house, and left me alone on my couch with a washcloth full of ice to hold on my face while I watched Punky Brewster. Punky's dog got HIT BY A CAR AND DIED. My mom came home and found me holding a bloody wet rag to my face and wracked with uncontrollable sobs. "Oh no!" she says. "You must be in terrible pain!" "It doesn't hurt at all," I tell her, "it's just that this TV show is so, so sad!" I went to the hospital and got eleven stitches.

Punky and I were tight, man. We suffered together.

Make an animated GIF out of that.

posted by fantabulous timewaster at 10:10 PM on February 8, 2013 [7 favorites]


My take on the crying woman is that she's the only person in the audience who realized they're all about to be devoured by bees. Everyone else is like WOOOOO OPRAH IS THE BEST OMG GUYS EVERYBODY GOT BEEEEEEEEEES! Except the crying girl. The crying girl knows what's up.
posted by Sara C. at 10:19 PM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Punky's dog got HIT BY A CAR AND DIED

Nuh-uh Brandon got better at the last minute OK? Jeez, for a minute I was like how could I not remember that?

Brandon married his girlfriend Brenda (another golden retriever) in the last episode and they probably lived into the early 90s at least.

And now I watched that clip and cried all over again SHEESH.
posted by sweetkid at 10:20 PM on February 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Everyone else is like WOOOOO OPRAH IS THE BEST OMG GUYS EVERYBODY GOT BEEEEEEEEEES! Except the crying girl. The crying girl knows what's up.

Wow that's darker than mine.
posted by sweetkid at 10:24 PM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Gong Show was my favorite show when I was six (maybe surpassed only by Match Game. Therefore, I'd like to see GIFs of Chuck Barris dancing. Internet, make it so!
posted by not_on_display at 10:44 PM on February 8, 2013


Nuh-uh Brandon got better at the last minute OK?

What is it with you people and your global archive of everything on TV ever that makes you want to ruin a perfectly good story with facts? Wikipedia says that somebody's dog died, and I think I missed the tail end of the episode since my mom insisted on talking about how my face was bleeding through all the washcloths and I needed eleven stitches and blah blah blah. Punky had class about the whole thing. "We suffered together, Punky," I'd say when we talked. "Yeah, man," she'd say, "together." Punky and I were tight.

Although, while I knew they showed the episodes out of order in the reruns sometimes, I thought that the dog was in an awful lot of them to have died. So that makes more sense now.

posted by fantabulous timewaster at 11:01 PM on February 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Next think you know, you'll be telling us that Punky hung out with some onmipotent magical thing called Glomer.
posted by JHarris at 11:40 PM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was just listening to this while assembling my MeFi swap mix, and somehow it fits perfectly...
posted by mykescipark at 12:17 AM on February 9, 2013


Oh goodness I had forgotten all about Glomer. Glomer seems like the kind of thing I would blame on painkillers if painkillers were involved in that story, which I think they were not.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 1:25 AM on February 9, 2013


Oh fuck, Glomer was Frank Welker.
I am not a religious man but if omnipresence is an indication of divinity...
posted by jake at 5:12 AM on February 9, 2013


JHarris: and don't forget Picture Pages!
posted by Miko at 5:52 AM on February 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


The very last scene of the very last episode of the Cosby Show was Claire and Cliff slow dancing. I always liked that.
posted by girlmightlive at 8:49 AM on February 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh fuck, Glomer was Frank Welker.
I am not a religious man but if omnipresence is an indication of divinity...


Last time I checked, if you added up the box office gross of all 97 films Welker's been in, the total comes out to $6,452,627,268. Next closest total is Samuel L. Jackson, and Frank's got him beat by about 1.3 trillion.
posted by radwolf76 at 9:04 AM on February 9, 2013


(and then I read jake's link and see it pretty much says as much.)
posted by radwolf76 at 9:05 AM on February 9, 2013


Sesame Street (he's the cartoon typewriter!)

Mind. Blown.

(to this day, my mental soundtrack to doing nothing of consequence is "noo nee noo nee noo...")
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:08 PM on February 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


After reading the above posts, i'm really annoyed i grew up in eighties britain - apart from cowering under a dark cloud of unemployment and thatcher the whole period (there was no mid-eighties boom in the north) Saturday night TV was The Price is Rigth (UK version), Jimmy Savile (public face of. It worked because it was other children's wish fulfillment, so you'd often really enjoy vicariously what they got to do. No, i didn't find him creepy, he was just the presenter, i didn't really pay much attention to him, he was just that alien species, An Adult), Juliet Bravo (a cop series. The main love was, it was a deal, that if we didn't get sent to bed before the distinctive theme tune started, we could stay up to watch that too.) It was my life's ambition to stay up past 9pm.
posted by maiamaia at 2:57 PM on February 9, 2013


what i actually was going to say!, was that why is Bill Cosby someone who, while quite just mainstream in the past, now, as he gets older, looks and acts cooler and cooler with the benefit of hindsight?
posted by maiamaia at 2:58 PM on February 9, 2013


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