Alfonso Ribeiro leads 'Carlton dance' flash mob
April 24th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

Alfonso Ribeiro leads 'Carlton dance' flash mob

Alfonso Ribeiro's still got it.

Sixteen years after the conclusion of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and the 40-year-old actor can do the "Carlton" dance, named after his Carlton Banks character on the show, like it's still 1992.

In Los Angeles over the weekend, Ribeiro led what he called on Twitter "the world's largest simultaneous flash mob" as a promotion for fitness company ViSalus' Body by Vi program. He kicked off the dance routine with a little Carlton arm-swinging, to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," of course.


This was followed by some choreography to Sugarhill Gang's "Apache (Jump On It)" that fans would remember seeing Ribeiro perform with his co-star Will Smith on the '90s sitcom.

Although Ribeiro was in L.A., he posted on his Twitter account that the same moves were being performed in over 300 cities on Saturday at the same time.

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  1. Yes--she looks more like him especially in the backside area.

    is unreal how close the look alike especially the backside

    May 29, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. seo reseller

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    May 29, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. icons set

    Bravo, seems to me, is a magnificent phrase

    November 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sally

    I participated and it was a BLAST!!!!!

    April 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |

    he is a DORK, still is a DORK, and anybody that does the carlton dance is a DORK!!

    April 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2sday

      Sad, silly little's called FUN – try some sourpuss.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army


      April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • VIGIRL

      This world is filled with some really unhappy people. Carlton is having fun!! We seem to forget what having fun is all about today? Watching this video actually put a smile to my face; made me think back of the good old days!!
      For all the haters...get a life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kilroy


      April 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • theoriginalfreshprince

      That is the point! NERD POWER!!

      April 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Antwoine

    LOVE IT!!! great feel good story.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Essie

    Everyone on this blog that's hating....GET A LIFE!! Bcz nobody knows your name & who you are! BUT, we do know Carlton and they are out there having fun, while you're on here being small & JEALOUS!!! ~Loved this flash mob! ...Way to go, Carlton!

    April 25, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jason

      I agree, anyone that grew up in the 80's and 90's thinks this was cool as hell! Jealousy ruins people because they live through others people lives and choose to hate on someone that has lived...

      April 25, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Essie

      I be a lez-bo and I be a freak! I pump dem rumps with my strap-on stump. My name be essie and I luv to play...just chow my box and u here to stay!!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Red Foreman

    all the cool kids will be doing this at prom

    April 25, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. JellyBean

    Looks like a whole lot of fun.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. ankit choubey creative informative works...

    Reblogged this on ankitchoubey.

    April 25, 2012 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Uncle Phil

    When Carlton and Will did the 'Carlton Dance' 2gether on the final episode I almost cried. That's when I knew the show was done 4 good. Normally,Will always looked @ Carlton like he was crazy. But not only did he do the dance with Carlton he sang the lyrics to the song.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Becky

    That was fantabulous...

    April 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sokman

    Ran my wife out of the room with that one. You mean it was that easy? Shoulda done the Carlton years ago 🙂

    April 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sokman

    Doin the Carlton in my boxers to the video. Uh-huh. Git down with your bad self. Love it

    April 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peace

    Go Webster. Go Webster. It's ya birthday. It's ya birthday.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mongo

    00:46 "GIRL GET OUT OF HERE"...this is such a STAGED thing......a tool marketing stunt......Hey Carlton, get a life ! ! !

    April 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Hey Mongo, Carlton's got a life. Why don't you try getting one instead of sitting behind your computer whining and hating!

      April 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Aaron

    Loved it! It's hard to believe so much time has passed since Fresh Prince was still Fresh.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Guest

    Thats not unusual

    April 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Bobby


    April 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  20. KATY

    Really cool! Looks like a lot of fun!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bofdc

    Wrong guy.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jessica

    That was Urkel from Family Matters who used to say that.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Josie Alabama

    It's a shame to see an actor break character for a gimicky sales pitch. Would it have been so damn hard to dress as Carlton Banks, and make the performance infinitly better?

    April 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. xirume

    Very cool !!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. geckopelli

    Fun, but– City Walk is not in Hollywood

    April 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  26. rickp530

    Cool preformance for free. Always got a kick out of watching Alfonso Riberio dance to Tom Jones.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. cvf

    Tom Jones is the man.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. PAPilot

    Obviously staged.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mitch

    Its not like he has a career or job to go to...

    April 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Marie

    Seriously? Are you a complete idiot?

    April 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  31. kinjirurm

    Love flash mobs, but this wasn't really a flash mob (and world's largest simultaneous flash mob? huh?). You can't put a bunch of coordinated dancers in a completely vacant open space with no one around and call it a flash mob. Flash mobs are built around spontaneity.

    April 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mae

      Are you kidding me with your response? Are you able to just watch something and enjoy it?

      April 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      "Worlds Largest" is in reference to the 300 cities across the US and Canada that did the exact same performance at the exact same time.

      The LA performance above had several hundred people, as did each major city in the USA, along with smaller performances in more rural areas.

      The dancing was synchronized and came off flawlessly, and did set a new record as the "Worlds Largest Simultaneous Flashmob"

      April 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      The first flash mobs were all professional dancers doing commercials like this.

      April 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2sday

      Coordinated dancers NOT...did you see the two women in front with the ads on their shirts? They didn't even know how to do the dances properly. Alfonso you coulda called ME I know how to do both The Carlton AND the Apache dance properly!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Angela

    LOVE IT!!! I loved Carlton. This was such a fun clip. Brought a huge smile to my face. Thanks for the laugh Alfonso aka Carlton Banks 🙂 You've made my day!!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  33. tlix

    lol.. "flash Mob" or a freaking Ad Campaign?! done to suport some new fitness place.. freaking weak

    April 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. BRW

    Made me smile. Thanks.

    April 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  35. sarahh

    this made me happy

    April 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jobe

    Aren't flash mobs suppost to occur around people that are not involved in the mob? There were only a few people not in the mob. Less of a flash mob more of just a choreographed dance.

    April 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brrrr

      This guy gets it. The fact that it's a marketing stunt for an MLM makes it even stupider.

      Omggggg- I must be a HATERRRRRRR!

      April 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Barbara

    Way to go Carlton.

    April 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. mtngal

    'The Carlton' will live on forever!

    April 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ancojie

    Go Carlton GO GO GO!

    April 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |

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