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Bill Cosby’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night was bizarre

Nov 19, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT


Anyone up late last night hoping for some lovely moments between Bill Cosby and the Roots on Jimmy Fallon were left a bit puzzled after a bizarre performance from the Jello Pudding Master.

Cosby was on Fallon to help promote his upcoming Comedy Central standup show which airs this weekend and is apparently his first in 30 years. Part of his act on the late night show seemed like it was an attempt to get viewers to tune in to his standup special to see if he really has lost it.

His performance last night was strange to say the least.

After walking out into the crowd, playing confused, the Cos then had the most bizarre interactions with the Roots, even going so far as to criticizing Questlove’s playing. He also wanted the Roots to play some song while faking what his own funeral would be like. The look on Quest’s face of “what the hell is this old man talking about??!?” was almost worth tuning in for. The rest of the act wasn’t very funny.

And for the record, Questo says it was all part of their schtick. Leave Cos alone!


  1. Eric - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I guess a sense of humor is not one of your strong points.

  2. BillyC - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    He’s been doing that on all the talk shows as of late. On Letterman earlier in the year, he did a bit with Paul Schaefer and the house band that got a little uncomforable:

    Then a week or so ago, he pulled the same audience mingling as on Fallon with Leno. Leno had to go into the crowd to bring him back on the stage which seemed really awkward, especially when he nearly took a dive from the set:

    He’s not doing his Internet celebrity death hoax any favors though.

  3. yishmeister - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Come one Rico….you can’t be that young to understand what Cos’ shtick is, this is what he does all the time. Him sitting there thinkin that random white dude was Fallon was hilarious!

    • yishmeister - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      You should also look up his appearance from January on Fallon. Comedy gold.

  4. Ellie Turko - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Having seen Cosby live in the Village back in the early ’60ies, was a far cry from the Cosby I saw on Fallon Tuesday night..schtick? More like Schtink.

  5. erzug - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I think he’s losing it and when he realizes what just happened (senior moment), he tries to cover up as though it was just part of his schtick.

  6. David Seasholtz - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I am a huge fan of Cosby but that was not funny I actually felt bad for him.

  7. RichS - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Haven’t laughed that hard watching Fallon in a while..
    Coz is hilarious

  8. Msladyjayne - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    I’m watching the re-run of that episode. Groaning because it was so awful to watch the first time. I Googled this article and am happy to find I’m not the only one to think it’s major uncomfortable to see. I’m 66 so I’ve known Cosby throughout his career. This is not humorous. He is a sad shell of the man he used to be and almost abusive in his exchanges with people. I wish him well, but I also wish that they ban this episode from ever airing again.

  9. spazzattack1 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    I didn’t know tonights episode was a repeat but Bill acted very crazy tonight……I think there is MORE than we know about him…..he must have some kind of disease that is making him act like that but I was like ……THIS is NOT the Bill Cosby I know of…..he has NEVER acted like this before and I was ready to change channel but saw the whole thing……..very disturbing


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