I'm not one to make a big deal over nothing, not unless of course it leads to a massive upsurge in readership, but while watching the new NBC show "Teachers" (Tuesdays at 9pm EST/8pm CST) two nights ago I made one of the greatest discoveries in the history of TV & motion pictures.
I was reacquainted with an old friend. A friend who was instrumental in making me who I am today. A friend who many of us know and love. Sadly this old friend is placed in the midst of a not-so-funny show, but that's neither here nor there.
Let's see if you can figure it out...ok look here at the picture on the left, does the black guy look familar? And please for the love of god don't say "is that Dave Chapelle?" That would just be ignorant. Black people, much like Indians and white people, don't all look alike. Remember, you can click on the image to enlarge it if you need an extreme close-up.
Okay well if you have no luck, look below...it's Bud (Kenny) from The Cosby Show! He's all grown! Bud was one of the greatest "neighbor" characters in the all of TV sit-com history. That is my opinion and it is a fact.
"Neighbor" characters, by my definition, do not appear in every episode (hence no one on Sesame Street is eligible and everyone on Cheers is ruled out too) but when they arrive they only add to the humor fun. Other great neighbor characters include Skippy from Family Ties, Paul from The Wonder Years, and Boner from Growing Pains. I would also be remiss to even think about forgetting one of the greatest ever, Cockroach, also of Cosby Show fame.
At this point someone is going to ask about that girl Six from Blossom. Blossom was an awful show and Six was an awful character. Thus they are not eligible. What kinda person is named after a number anyways? Geez. Silly bakri chod.
To catch your up on his career developments in the two decades since the Cosby Show (his last episode on it was in 1992), Deon Richmond or Buuuud as Rudy would call him, has appeared in Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, Scream 3, Not Another Teen Movie, and the magnum opus Van Wilder.
It's been a long strange trip Deon Richmond. Quite a long strange trip indeed. Quiiiite. But Kenny we will always remember you for being involved in a constant Lincoln-Douglas-esque dialogue with Rudy Huxtable revolving around shifting gender roles in a rapidly changing mid-80s society and questioning the Establishment. Kenny, as we all know, represented the Old Guard, through the words and views he would loyally express from "his brother." A character we sadly were never introduced to through the 8 years of The Cosby Show.
Keep It Gully Bud, Keep It Gully.