Word is out that Tina Fey has been hip to Bill Cosby’s alleged rape-y behavior for a long time. While Hannibal Buress may have ben the latest comedian to call Cos out on the allegations, Fey has worked that material at least twice.
The first occasion was in a 2005 episode of Saturday Night Live’s regular “Weekend Update” segment with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting.
The video is below, which shows the initial SNL joke. But here is a transcription of the full bit, including Poehler’s comments afterward.
Tina Fey: A California lawyer alleged Wednesday that thirty years ago, Bill Cosby drugged her and tried to molest her, and after she fought back, he dropped two hundred-dollar bills on a table and fled. Cosby says he can’t be held responsible for his actions, since at the time he was suffering from, (imitating Bill Cosby) ‘the brain damage’.
Amy Poehler: That’s funny. Is Kenan coming out to imitate Bill Cosby now?
Tina Fey: (still as Bill Cosby) No, Kenan is not coming out because of the ‘Fat Albert,’ and the money, and the sequels!
Amy Poehler: (also as Bill Cosby) Of course he can’t talk about the boobies, and the groping, and the pudding pops.
Tina Fey: Because it would upset Mr. Cosby, and his wife, Camiiillle.
(Kenan Thompson walks in and stands behind Tina and Amy)
Kenan Thompson: Wow, thanks for that. Great job, you guys. I didn’t say any of that, because Kenan Thompson loves to work, OK? Peace. (walks off; some applause)
Tina Fey: Wow, Kenan Thompson loves to work, everybody.
Amy Poehler: Loves to work? Who doesn’t?
But, wait. That’s not the last time Fey worked Cosby into a piece like this. Years later, when writing and starring on 30 Rock, she wrote in another bit with Tracy Morgan. In this scene, Alec Baldwin’s character Jack Doneghy is trying to convince Tracy Morgan to return to his show. He brings someone in to impersonate Bill Cosby in a phone call to Tracy. It does not go well.
No video is available, here is the transcript.
Cosby Impersonator: I want you to come back to the TGS for the people who like the jokes and the things.
Tracy: Bill Cosby?! You got a lot of nerve getting on the phone with me after what you did to my Aunt Paulette!
Cosby Impersonator: I think you’re confusing me with someone else.
Tracy: 1971. Cincinnati. She was the cocktail waitress with the droopy eye!
Cosby Impersonator: I’m the guy … With the pudding …
Tracy: You trying to tell me what to do, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable with your light-ass kids?! Jack, why would you make me talk with this man?!
Another interesting factoid is that Hannibal Buress, whose comments about Cosby blew the whole thing open more recently, used to work with Fey on 30 Rock.