×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Saturday Night Live’ Visits Bill Cosby in Jail (Watch)

Kenan Thompson has played Bill Cosby on “Saturday Night Live” before, but now that the once-television icon has been sent to jail for sexual assault, the role has taken on new weight.

In the third episode of the 44th “SNL” season, Thompson donned a black DOC jumpsuit to portray Cosby as a prisoner, getting a new cellmate in episode host Seth Meyers. Meyers started the sketch by saying doing time “sucks,” to which Thompson’s Cosby replied, “Hey, you don’t come in here with your filth! … You need to get a job.”

Meyers said that on behalf of all of Cosby’s fans, it was “so disappointing” to be meeting him now, but Thompson’s Cosby wasn’t upset.

“I am in my prime,” he responded. “I am in jail and loving it — no kids with the darndest things, limited interactions with Camille, and when I was fighting incarceration, I had no idea that one of the staple foods of the prison system was Jello.”

Thompson’s Cosby also schooled Meyers on still calling him “doctor” and said he wanted to talk to the young black men in the jail, to tell them that if they “chose to wear their pants around the b-u-t-t, having the drawers hanging out, they should be in jail.”

He also started to complain about all the cursing on television these days, scatted while playing the spoons, danced, wrote a letter to “Elvin” aka Geoffrey Owens, called Meyers “Theo,” gave himself an applause break and had an Emmy award prominently displayed.

“Wow, you are just like Cliff Huxtable, except in one major way,” said Meyers.

Things took a serious turn toward the end, when Meyers pointed out that Cosby “damaged countless lives” and “should forget who you think you are and face what you actually did.” But he didn’t manage to get through to Cosby, who was left alone in his cell with his comfortable recliner, records and a pet turtle his failing eyes had convinced him was Quincy Jones.

Watch the Cosby prison sketch below:

Saturday Night Live” airs live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

More TV

  • How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes

    How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

    Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. But step into Eisen’s dressing room, and the [...]

  • Whiskey Tango Cavalier

    TV Review: 'Whiskey Cavalier'

    The crux of “Whiskey Cavalier” can be found right in its protagonist’s name. “Will Chase” is a purposefully ridiculous wink of a name that tries to be both debonair and very silly all at once, just like the FBI agent (played by Scott Foley) to which it belongs. This isn’t a regular spy drama, “Whiskey [...]

  • Brody Stevens Dead

    Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48

    Prominent Los Angeles comedian Brody Stevens died Friday in Los Angeles, Variety has confirmed. He was 48. “Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community,” Stevens’ reps said in a statement. “He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Malik Yoba to Reprise Role in 'New York Undercover' Reboot at ABC

    Malik Yoba, who starred as Detective J.C. Williams in the 90s show “New York Undercover,” is set to reprise the role in the ABC reboot, sources tell Variety. Picking up 20 years after the end of the original series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s [...]

  • Chris Burrous dead KTLA anchor

    KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous' Cause of Death Released

    An investigative report on KTLA anchor Chris Burrous has determined that his cause of death was attributed to methamphetamine toxicity, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Burrous, 43, was found unconscious at a motel in Glendale, Calif on December 27, and later died at the hospital. The death has been ruled as accidental. [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Win Publicity Campaign Awards

    Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” as the top movie publicity campaign for 2018 and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” as the best television campaign. Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” topped the campaigns for Disney’s “Black Panther,” Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Paramount’s “A Quiet Place,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and Universal’s “Halloween” for [...]

  • THE MASKED SINGER: Rabbit in the

    Live+3 Ratings for Week of Feb. 11: 'Masked Singer' Easily Tops Competition

    Fox’s “The Masked Singer” was the highest-rated broadcast show of the week in both Live+Same Day and Live+3. For the week of Feb. 11, the unscripted singing competition series went from a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 to a 3.4, a rise of 42%. In total viewers, the show went from 7.8 million viewers to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content