Dena and Lena Najafi were not expecting to be on television -- much less on television with Bill Cosby -- when they went shopping on South Street this summer. But after being spotted by a producer for the comedian's new show, You Bet Your Life, the University twins were selected from dozens of other sets of twins to be on the show. The sisters, both sophomores in the College, were interviewed in Philadelphia during the summer. The tapes were then sent to the production center in Los Angeles to be reviewed by producers of the show, Lena Najafi said. Lena said she and her sister were selected to be on an episode focused on twins. The twins won $900 out of a possible $10,000, but Lena said that they still enjoyed their time on the show. She said that the real thrill of the experience was the 40-minute chat the twins had with Cosby. Cosby, whose show began earlier this fall, talked to the two about the University, their work as "cell technicians" at the Medical School and their experiences as twins, Lena said. The 40-minute discussion will be cut down into about five minutes of usable airtime, Lena said. Lena said that Cosby kissed both her and her sister after she praised his school, Temple University, and mentioned that her brother attends Temple. And she said Cosby "kept laughing at us" because when she starts a sentence, her sister finishes the story. Dena blamed her sister for interrupting their winning streak. She said the twins had agreed to bet dollar amounts with a 21 in them and that they had been successful doing that. But she said her sister then convinced her to bet $381 on their final question and they lost. Dena said she joked with her sister that they lost because they did not bet their lucky number. But she added that "it was a great experience, it was really neat meeting Bill Cosby." "We were nervous, but once we were on stage, we were relaxed," Dena said.Comments powered by Disqus
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