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Hey Twitter, please verify Carl Winslow already

The dad from 'Family Matters' is amazing at Twitter.


Beejoli Shah


Posted on Oct 17, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 9:24 am CDT

Twitter this week has been a veritable clusterfuck of awfulness: Between Gamergate and overblown Ebola panic, the microblogging service is a pit of despair. But have no fear, veteran television and film cop of my ‘90s nostalgia-induced dreams Reginald VelJohnson is here to save the day.

Lest you thought the Die Hard and Family Matters star had disappeared into obscurity after the last nasal strains of “Did I do that?” faded off the ABC airwaves, rest assured you’ve been missing out: VelJohnson’s Twitter feed is pure, wonderful, unmitigated bursts of hashtag-laden joy. Now, thanks in large part to a dedicated campaign by Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, he’s turning his 140-character act into a concerted mission: to get verified by the Twitter powers that be.

RT to help get the real @rveljohnson verified.

— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) October 17, 2014

This gives me 1 of those check marks right? I need this “@JordanPeele: RT to help get the real @rveljohnson verified.

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) October 17, 2014

Craziest twitter day of my life. 300+ notifications in 30min. Appreciate all the love, hopefully @twitter wises up and verifies me. #thanks

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) October 17, 2014

You see what’s going on @verified? The people have spoken and they want me verified. Get it done! #checkmark4reg

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) October 17, 2014

Despite being on Twitter since October of 2009, Twitter still hasn’t verified Vel Johnson, much to the chagrin of his near-4,000 followers. (Urkel, on the other hand, has 109,000 fans and a coveted blue check mark.) In the interim, perusing 367 tweets might be the best way to spend an afternoon.

Msg for friends + family: just because I giggle when tickled doesn’t mean i’m comfortable with it. #askfirst #handsoff

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) April 26, 2014

As we mourn the death of Paul Walker, let us try to celebrate the life of Channing Tatum. #rip

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) December 1, 2013

Fake winslow family twitters keep sending me msgs. Not gonna be your dad again so quit asking. #winslows #leavecarlalone @judithwinslow

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) December 12, 2013

seriously tho, I can’t wait to eat this sushi #shrimplythebest #calimarimoon #crabtownraces #koimeariver #likeasturgeoun #embarassingmyself

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) December 4, 2011

I have a large collection of wigs dating back to my theater days. And if you ever mess with them there will be hell toupée. #gotcha #lol

— Reginald VelJohnson (@rveljohnson) December 18, 2013

We agree. #checkmark4reg

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*First Published: Oct 17, 2014, 7:58 pm CDT