For his very first joke on The Nightly Show nearly a year ago, Larry Wilmore said of Bill Cosby, “We’ll ask the question, ‘Did he do it?’ The answer will be ‘yes.’” The next night, he dedicated his entire second episode to the rape allegations against the iconic comedian and since then has routinely reminded his audience that he has not forgotten about the story.
Then, over The Nightly Show’s holiday hiatus, Cosby was finally arrested for sexual misconduct. And Wilmore could not wait to celebrate the good news.
The host began by recounting his underwhelming Christmas gifts before finding a new present from the comedy gods under his desk: Bill Cosby’s mugshot.
“Yes, we didn’t forget about you, motherfucker, and now neither did the justice system,” Wilmore declared excitedly. He proceeded to “savor” Cosby’s perp walk stumble in slow motion, which he described as “chicken soup for the soul.”
“But he would probably drug the soup and rape the soul,” Wilmore added, before doing his impression of Cosby’s “feeble old man” act: “I couldn’t rape a fly, and not just because I don’t know what their sexual business is all about down there, with the suckin’ and the feelers and the one thousand eyes!”
“Even if he doesn’t get convicted, this is still a good thing,” Wilmore said, turning serious. “Because for too long, the women who have accused him of this crime were not being listened to, because they were being silenced by a powerful man and a complicit culture. And, now, finally, regardless of what happens next, they’re being heard. And that’s a start.”
Later, during the panel segment, Wilmore admitted that Cosby may be the “funniest” serial rapist of all time.