How to do the urkel dance

What Hilarious Request Did ‘Golden Girls’ Bea Arthur Make Before Doing the ‘Urkel Dance’?

Picture it. 1991. Bea Arthur of The Golden Girls shares the American Comedy Awards stage with a young Jaleel White – a.k.a. Steve Urkel from Family Matters. In signature Urkel voice and glasses, White says to Arthur, “Hi, Bea! Wanna dance?”

But she first has a simple and amusing request to make before accepting his offer to boogie. What courtesy did she ask for before doing the “Urkel dance” with Urkel?

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Bea Arthur on ‘The Golden Girls’

Arthur became a television icon in the ‘70s with Maude, but her role as Dorothy Zbornack on The Golden Girls has made her a common face in some modern households — even long after her death in 2009.

And her humor was seemingly crucial to the success of The Golden Girls. When she decided to leave the show and a spin-off called The Golden Palace went on with the three other girls, it only aired for one season.

Arguably, it was Arthur’s ability to hilariously self-deprecate that made her humor stand out. She seemingly didn’t mind being the butt of jokes about Dorothy’s looks, which she could have taken personally. And she injected the character with charm, appeal, and a confident ferocity, despite the running joke being that Dorothy – conventionally speaking – was unattractive.

Thanks to Arthur, Dorothy perfectly embraced being a bitterly divorced, taller-than-average substitute teacher who could land an insult as well as she could take one.

Bea Arthur was an ‘aging white woman’ doing the ‘Urkel dance’

On the stage of the ’91 American Comedy Awards, White requested that Arthur “get down” with him and he received some of her famous sarcastic humor in return. She, being somewhere around 70, amusingly replied, “I never get down because I might never get up.”

Of course, she didn’t actually turn down his offer to “get funky” with him. But she did have one last thing to ask of him and the audience. “Remember you’re dealing with an aging white woman here.”

But don’t let her comment fool you! Her moves stood out – even with five teenagers surrounding her. She hitched up her pants and she snorted excessively.

After the performance, she threw her hands in the air to massive applause from the audience – including co-star Betty White — who seemed genuinely impressed. When the camera was on her, she appeared to say, “Bea, that was wonderful.”

The video of Arthur and Jaleel White’s performance is available on YouTube but — fair warning — it’s a little grainy. Still, it’s worth a view for some instant ‘90s nostalgia. And it’s a must-see for fans of The Golden Girls, who will likely find no other occasion of Arthur making a song by snorting.

Do the ‘Urkel dance’

Jaleel White as Steve Urkel on ‘Family Matters’


Because many Family Matters fans may have forgotten, it’s time to review how exactly one does the “Urkel dance.” Luckily, there’s a song to help remember the easy-to-do moves.

“Now if you wanna do the Steve Urkel dance, all you have to do is hitch up your pants.

Bend your knees and stick out your pelvis. I’m telling you baby, it’s better than Elvis.

Now point your fingers up to the sky and talk through your nose, way up high.

Spin and dip and jump and cavort. And finish it off with a laugh and snort.”  

Jaleel White as Steve Urkel

And as Arthur proved in her golden years, almost anyone can do it.

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At Maxine's rooftop party, Urkel shows everyone how to "Do the Urkel." But it may be his last hurrah; Willie Fuffner, his pride still stung from losing to him during a boxing match several w... Read allAt Maxine's rooftop party, Urkel shows everyone how to "Do the Urkel." But it may be his last hurrah; Willie Fuffner, his pride still stung from losing to him during a boxing match several weeks earlier, offers Urkel a peace offering - a glass of punch. Only he doesn't tell him i... Read allAt Maxine's rooftop party, Urkel shows everyone how to "Do the Urkel." But it may be his last hurrah; Willie Fuffner, his pride still stung from losing to him during a boxing match several weeks earlier, offers Urkel a peace offering - a glass of punch. Only he doesn't tell him it's spiked with whiskey. A drunken Urkel staggers around the rooftop, which is good for a ... Read all





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    Party Animal

    This episode is an honorable mention in my book, yeah it's one of those preachy episodes but I don't mind as it's funny but it's kind of serious at the same time as it deals with the issue of underage drinking and alcoholism's deadly consequences, which is still a relevant issue today as alcoholism has gotten much worse now in all ages.

    The episode starts out as your typical party setting, and of course Willy and Waldo unfortunately rear their ugly heads. It's a little strange seeing Maxine being excited having party crashers in her party, I thought "wow, you're really desperate for excitement".

    This is also one of the first episodes we see the character Waldo, I'll admit his character really had a strange start where he was kind of just a flunky for the so called cool guy; though despite this I honestly didn't think Waldo was a bad guy just someone playing for the wrong team, influenced by the wrong people. I'll admit I really dislike Willy; he's clearly crashed the party to make it his own self-indulgent fest. Smuggling alcohol, passing himself automatically as the cool guy to all the guys at the party which of course he creates this mob mentality as we most of the guys can't walk away. Word of advice, alcoholism underage, and peer pressure doesn't equal cool.

    Steve of course comes to the rescue and this of course results in a music and dance sequence "The Urkel Dance" which was a big thing at the time much as "The Bart Man" was for "The Simpsons" though funny thing is "The Urkel Dance" actually turned out to be the most remembered while "The Bart Man" has become forgotten; which personally I'm fine with as I actually like "The Urkel Dance" more.

    It's just a fun song and sequence, I sometimes wonder if anyone else that has had certain parties like at a dance at Comic Con ever played this song and did this dance. I also love the fact he's the one that has most to all of the girls in the party dancing with him, which is exactly what the guys should have been doing in the first place so kudos to Steve.

    But of course afterwards things slowly but surely turn serious, as we see Willy retaliate toward Urkel as he states for humiliating him, I thought "you're doing a good job of that yourself"; Wily spikes Steve's punch and Steve gets unintentionally sloshed. It's kind of funny seeing Steve getting sloshed but at the same time I can't help but exercise concern. As Laura and we easily see Steve's electrodes are clearly not firing at the right circuits.

    Some of what happens in the final minutes might seem a tad exaggerated, but then again people under the influence have done some crazy crap so it's not far off. We then see Laura's and even my own fear finally comes to pass as Steve's drunken state sends him over the edge literally. It then results in a suspenseful situation where Steve is hanging over an edge and Rachel comes to the rescue. I'll admit Rachel being able to tightrope walk kind of came out of the blue but hey it's a sitcom I'll roll with it. Will Rachel be able to save Steve on time you'll just have to wait and find out.

    The life of the party is in the people not the booze and remember do the Urkel.

    Rating: 3 and a half stars



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