'Late Night' hosts a mini-'Cosby' reunion
January 7th, 2013
12:22 PM ET

'Late Night' hosts a mini-'Cosby' reunion

"Guys with Kids" actress Tempestt Bledsoe reunited with her TV dad Bill Cosby on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Friday, proving that the pair's comedic timing is as sharp as ever.

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The former Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable said the moment was "like Santa Claus," with the gift presumably being the story of the "greatest line" delivered by Bledsoe, who portrayed Vanessa Huxtable.

Cosby fans can probably vividly recall the pilot episode exchange the comic legend described:

"We did the pilot, and Tempestt was this tall, and she had Rudy (Keshia Knight Pulliam) with her, who was this tall," Cosby said. "I had written a typical scene where your children just burst into the room when you're with their mother. And I straightened her out in the script and I said, 'look, you knock first. Just don't walk in. You knock first, and then I will say, "who is it?" and you will say who it is.'"

And we all know how well that turned out.

"This was her first line, and the audience went crazy," Cosby said. "That's what made the show a hit, her line."

Bledsoe told Fallon that she and Cosby, who encouraged her to take on a full load of college classes while filming the late '80s-early '90s sitcom by organizing the production schedule around her class times, still get together pretty often.

"She's not telling you the truth," Cosby joked. "Sometimes my checks are late. And that's when I see Tempestt and her mother."

Of course, another memorable moment was the anniversary episode in which the Huxtables performed Ray Charles' "Night and Day" for their grandparents ... and Cosby and Bledsoe did a little rendition for Fallon:


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  1. SM Ron

    Comedy records that will make you fall down laughing (Why is there Air, A Very Funny Guy...Right, etc), I-Spy adventure with Robert Culp, The Bill Cosby show where he was a gym teacher, the vinettes (One of these things is not like the other....), Fat Albert and Cosby Kids (buck buck # 1 come in!), the movies (like Mother, Jugs, and Speed), the book Fatherhood and the standup about fatherhood which was the source of The Cosby Show, being a guest on the Tonight Show, then being the host of You Bet Your Life and the special where Kids Say the Darnest things. Plus speaking out of pride, education, character, and equality.

    January 21, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. José R. Colón

    Bill Cosby will always have a place in my heart, he always was the man you wanted as a father regardless of what race you were.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • CK

      He certainly was! Love my dad, but Bill Cosby was hilarious! He was everyone's favorite dad!

      January 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jojo

    when bill needs help..its ok...only for bill..

    January 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    I can remember getting up on Saturday morning just to watch Fat Albert and Cosby kids cartoon. That was when cartoons were really enjoyable. Bill Cosby has always been the role model for many young people and parents for that matter. He is funny, intelligent, and considers education the most important part of life. Thanks Bill for many years of laughs.

    January 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Freddie

    A rare class act is Bill Cosby.

    January 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Peace

    He should do another jello pudding commercial. :)

    January 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Dandey

    Bill and Tempestt in the same room at the same time is hardly a Cosby cast "reunion"...

    January 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cosby

    i loooooooved the cosby show...very funny. billy cosby has his phd in education. he's very smart

    January 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kat Matilda

    i loved the cosby show...my kids grew up on this show. very funny

    January 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pete's

    mr. cosby has been around a looooooong time...he must be in the business over 50 years.
    good to see him.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |

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