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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
Season 05, Episode 09
Air Date November 24, 1988
Writer Janet Leahy
Director Tony Singletary
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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? is the ninth episode of The Cosby Show's fifth season which was first broadcast on November 24, 1988.


When Vanessa and her two friends make a demo video of "The Locomotion" at a local department store, visions of MTV stardom dance in their heads. Cliff and Clair are impressed with their moves, but tactfully suggest that some singing lessons might be in order, so the girls seek out a teacher (Betty Carter). But learning to sing turns out to be a boring, and time-consuming step that they decide to bypass in favor of selecting hip, new outfits, and synching their voices. The Lipsticks' career is brought to a grinding halt, however, when Cliff and Clair get an eyeful of their suggestive gyrations and skimpy costumes, which Clair furiously rebukes. The girls later attend a concert with their teacher singing, and are impressed.