Bill Cosby has had a huge impact on my life, comedy-wise. From his books and TV shows, the cartoons and sitcoms back to his stand-up. Particularly the stand-up. He’s one of a rare breed practicing a lost art. He works with comedy that is both funny and G-rated. I’ve collected a few Bill Cosby comedy LPs because, well, because they’re very cheap. I used to have his debut album, Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow Right! on CD. That got me started. And then I picked up more of Cosby’s albums than I’ll probably ever need but most of them cost me between 50c and $2. And they’re good. Very good. Still funny. Cosby, by not ever mentioning race, played a great hand in race relations. His comedy – across the 1960s – was a crucial antecedent for so much of what gets passed off as “observational comedy” today. And he nails it. Watch a clip, or listen to a track of Cosby here in 1969 or in the 1980s or present day. He set a standard for himself; one he’s never slipped from when it comes to his work on the stage. He presents his personal experiences – embellished in the way that a good story should be when presented publically – and if it’s not a universal experience it is served and digested as one. This is not so easy to do. I don’t think anyone’s done it better than him. Also, listening to comedy on vinyl is a great experience – far better than CD. You have the intermission of switching sides for a start. I wonder if Kurt Angle was a big Cosby comedy LP fan?
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