Alfonso Ribeiro now hosts "Spell-Mageddon."
Alfonso Ribeiro now hosts "Spell-Mageddon."
Will Smith and Ribeiro are still good friends 18 years after wrapping the "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air."
Will Smith and Ribeiro are still good friends 18 years after wrapping the "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air."

Ribeiro attempts to escape the Carlton

The "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" ended almost 20 years ago, but some people won't let the Carlton Dance go away. On the hit '90s sitcom Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton Banks, a quirky, smart, yet spoiled and rich, cousin of Will Smith. Ribeiro would frequently break out into dance on the show, but when the music of Tom Jones played, viewers knew they would be treated to his famous dance.

The Carlton continues to be a pop culture phenomenon being used by flash mobs, getting big clicks on You Tube, and as I saw first hand last month getting mocked at weddings.

For Ribeiro, the problem is that he regularly gets asked to do the Carlton when in public. He mentioned to me that he even gets asked to dance in the men's room while standing at the urinal. I have to admit that is an uncomfortably odd request in a bathroom, but would he still get asked to dance it if he just stopped doing it all together?

I recently saw him break out into the dance at a celebrity golf tournament and again on BBC's Graham Norton Show, but is that all there is to him? Hopefully for his new show "Spell-Mageddon" that's not the case.

Sometimes actors on sitcoms are only known for the roles they played or their characters catch phrases, but Ribeiro is known for his dance. It's sad that some can't get over that because he is a really good dancer, a professional tap dancer, a good game show host and a fun guy to talk to.

In today's Kramp Cast I talk to Alfonso Ribeiro about hosting "Spell-Mageddon," his days on "Silver Spoons" and "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" and how frequently he's willing to break out and do the Carlton. Enjoy!


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