|August 14, 2005|
The Bill Cosby fad was first popularized on YTMND by The Simpsons episode Children of a Lesser Clod.
A short segment of the episode features Cosby asking a child "What do you like to play?" during an episode of Bill Cosby Says the Darndest Things; A spoof off of the show Kids Say the Darndest Things, hosted by Cosby himself in reality.
The child promptly replies "Pokémon!" and Cosby begins incoherently rambling: "Pokémon?! Pokémon with the pokey and the mon and the thing where the guy comes out of the thing, and he makes a vlarah fazah wal ah ah ah!"
Pop Culture References
YTMNDS referencing Mr. Cosby have included fictional Cosby quotes, done by impersonators, from various Simpsons expisodes. Examples include the episode 'Round Springfield where Cosby explains "what the Jazz is all about."
The most memorable of quotes also come from Cosby's appearance on Family Guy on episode Brian Does Hollywood when Stewie stars on Kids Say the Darndest Things.
Quotes from the animated series The Critic are also used (specifically, from the fake moviein the episode "Dukerella"), but are very rare considering how short the Critic series was.
This fad is both simultaneously loved and hated by equal portions of the YTMND community. Cosby YTMNDs reached their heyday previously in 2005, but in early 2006, Kassius began cranking out several generic Cosby parody YTMNDs of varying topics and audio loops.
Since the fad has become such a large part of the YTMND users, it is fairly common to see at least five or six Cosby-related YTMNDs to be created a week; ironic, considering that none of the used quotes are actually spoken by Cosby. They are always spoken by satirical impersonators working for the television shows they are featured on.
One of the most popular and viral YTMNDs is the Cosby Bebop YTMND created by SirLemming; A parody of the opening credits to Cowboy Bebop including images of Cosby arrayed, transitioned, and displayed in an artistic fashion similar to Cowboy Bebop. This YTMND has reached Hall of Fame status, along with other YTMNDs worthy to be featured in that section.
Another popular spin off iswhich is an excellently edited rendition of fictional Cosby recordings threaded into a freestyling rap about Pokémon, Jello, Kodak film, and Jazz. The YTMND has since been translated into a Flash animation by Steven Shafer and posted on AlbinoBlackSheep and deviantART, allegedly with the creator's consent. Another worthy Cosby YTMND is .
- The Critic episode "Dukerella".
- Family Guy episode Brian Does Hollywood at Wikipedia.
- The Simpsons episode Children of a Lesser Clod at Wikipedia.