Sep 16, 2021
EP 107 - Alfonso Ribeiro
I am so happy to have Alfonso Ribeiro on the Pretty Intense podcast today. I’ve known Alfonso for a really long time. We met about a 25 years ago at a Go-Kart track. And when I met him, he was just finishing up a little show called Fresh Prince of Bel Air where he played Carlton Banks, and trust me, he still does the dance till this day. I’ve seen him do it many times. It was great to have the time to really go into these experiences, and memories of racing Go-Karts. He really has some great perspectives on life, and he is a really happy positive guy. I have no doubt that as you listen to this podcast you will be smiling too. And if this podcast doesn’t get you to smile, I know that watching “America’s Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition,” coming out in October Nat Geo, will get you to smile. Enjoy today’s episode.
Alfonso currently hosts ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos. His iconic television personality danced its way into our hearts with his talents as an actor, TV director, award-winning dancer and Broadway star. Alfonso has spent over 30 years leaving his unique mark on television, theater, and pop culture worldwide. America’s Funniest Home Videos celebrated their 30th Anniversary last year with Alfonso at the helm of this ABC record breaking iconic series. Alfonso is also the host of Game Show Network’s reboot of Catch 21 and is joined by his partner from DWTS, professional dancer and choreographer Witney Carson. The series is a fast action blend of pop trivia with the excitement of the classic card game, 21.
Ribeiro began his career as a child actor, most notably on Broadway playing the lead role in the Tony-winning musical The Tap Dance Kid. As news of Ribeiro’s dancing and singing skills spread, he was offered a recording contract with Island Records, for whom he released several dance/pop singles, as well as his role in Michael Jackson’s 1984 Pepsi commercial.
Ribeiro was then cast in the long-running NBC sitcom Silver Spoons, making him an instant teen idol. After earning a Theater Arts education from Cal State University, Los Angeles, he was given the opportunity to choose a role on the established sitcom A Different World or a new pilot called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Showing an adventurous streak, he chose the latter and created the iconic character of Carlton Banks for which he is known for throughout the world. Having grown up in front of the camera, Alfonso knew that opportunities existed behind the scenes, too. His diverse resume as a TV director includes popular programs like In The House, Shake It Up, Are We There Yet?, The Wannabes, Meet The Browns, Cuts, Eve, One on One and All of Us. Ribeiro continued to make good use of his dancing skills in 2014 when he won the nineteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. After finishing in first place, he hosted the country-wide Dancing with the Stars tour. Golf is also one of Alfonso’s passions, and he is currently a PGA TOUR Champions Ambassador. He resides in California with his wife and four children.