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Bill Cosby Books First Stand-Up Comedy Special In Three Decades

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TV legend Bill Cosby is returning to small screen stand-up for the first time in decades.

If you grew up in the 1980's or 90's, you probably don't need an introduction to Bill Cosby. Cosby's landmark sitcom 'The Cosby Show' delighted audiences far and wide from 1984-1992. 'The Cosby Show' served as one of the earliest portrayals of a well educated, upper class African-American family in broadcast TV history, representing a clear dividing-line from previous depictions of black families on network television. 'The Cosby Show's mix of good natured humor and Cosby's deadpan quips carried the program to the top of the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive seasons, earning Cosby a fan-following that crossed all boundaries of race, gender, or political affiliation.

Before all that though, Bill Cosby was one of the most beloved stand-up comedians in America. Sure, he had been acting regularly since the 70's in films and shows like 'I Spy,' but it was his gift for making people of every creed and color laugh that made Cosby a household name. Cosby began releasing comedy albums in the mid-60's, and moved to TV comedy specials in the latter part of the decade. These continued at a fairly regular clip until 1983's 'Bill Cosby: Himself,' widely considered one of the landmarks in the long history of televised stand-up performance.

Cosby's unique brand of stand-up comedy has been sadly missing from TV screens for the last thirty years since 'Himself' first aired. That all changes this November, thanks to Cosby and Comedy Central. The new special will be entitled 'Far From Finished' and will draw material from a series of shows that the 76-year-old Cosby performed at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in California earlier this year. Veteran comedian/actor/director Robert Townshend ('Eddie Murphy Raw,' 'Hollywood Shuffle,' 'The Meteor Man') will sit in the director's chair for the project.

'Far From Finished' will make its debut Sunday, November 24th on Comedy Central. If you just can't wait until then for your Cosby comedy fix, Bill is embarking on a lengthy stand-up tour over the summer and fall.

Are you excited to check out Bill Cosby's return to televised stand-up?


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Network:
- Comedy Central
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- Bill Cosby

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Jul 14th, 2013, 6:44 am

Images courtesy of Comedy Central

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 14th, 2013, 5:13 pm
bill cosby does clean comedy, he makes you laugh with out using any foul language what so ever. Today's comics could learn alot from him, my wife and I stopped going to live stand up comedy clubs because of all the cussing and little penis jokes. It seemed to us like everytime the crowd had a slow down in its laughing, they would toss out a penis joke or some cuss words. We kept going back and even asked the management ahead of time if there would be cussing and off humor in the show we had bought tickets for. Always told it was clean comedy and it was not. We still liked going out to the comedy clubs, after several months of no change, even after repeated requests to the comic themselves, before the show. It still continued, so we finally had to vote with our $$$ and stopped going to live comedy stand up night clubs. It was no fun for us any more, no clean comedy. Bill Cosby did clean comedy and it was funny. So we bought ALL his comedy cd's and now when we go on a long road trip, we play the comedy cd's in the car and it makes the trip go so much better, we are not tired at the end of a long days drive as like you are when listening to music. We shared that tip with others and they said the same thing, at the end of the drive they were still 'fresh'. So there has to be something there, for medical research and long driving trip research that has yet to of been discovered.
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