A Month of Comedy: Bill Cosby

Everyday this month I will be posting one of my favorite comedians.  There will be plenty of videos and a little bit about why I like them.  The videos are most likely NSFW.

When I was kid everyone watched The Cosby Show.  That is not that big of a surprise.  It turns out that I was wrong when I said a few days ago that Denis Leary was the first comedian I was introduced to outside of my family.  Bill Cosby was the first.

The librarian at North Lincoln Hill Elementary allowed our class to listen to Cosby’s “Noah” sketch.  Even then I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever heard.  I was probably in fifth or sixth grade.  I still think it is absolutely hilarious.  I wonder how much trouble a teacher would get in nowadays if they allowed a class to listen to that?  There are no bad words or anything, nor does Cosby make fun of religion (all that much), yet the fact that he is speaking for god would probably cause some religious parents to freak out.  Those were different times back then…

Since that time, I have always loved listening to any of his stand-up.  People sometimes confuse Bill Cosby the sitcom/TV show host (Kids Say the Darndest Things) or even the caricature we see on Family Guy with the genius comic.  He is also proof that a comedian can be hilarious without swearing or being dirty.

I cannot find the video anymore, but there was a great interview of Cosby on Letterman.  He says that he unintentionally stole a joke from George Carlin and that the two comedians had a standing rivalry:  who could finish their set and leave the building the fastest.  If anyone can find this interview, I highly suggest watching it.  You can see that Cosby had great respect for Carlin.

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