- Album name: Bill
- Artist name: Bill Cosby
- Year: 1973
- Number of discs: two
- Label: MCA Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics:
- Clipped top left corner
- Sticker on back: SAMPLE COPY
- Buy it on Amazon: $130.00
Level of familiarity before listening
I’ve never heard this record, and never intentionally watched or listened to any of Bill Cosby’s work. Mostly I know him from The Cosby Show, which my parents watched when I was a child but which I did not find even remotely interesting; and from the crass commercial advertisements on television featuring his endorsement of Jell-O; and from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which was shown in class by teachers in my elementary and middle schools (the schools were government-operated, and the teachers were union members).
What I expected
The record claims:
“Bill Cosby is a beautiful man” (…and also very funny)
Ok. I am looking forward to an hour and a half of Bill Cosby telling his jokes.
What it was actually like
I thought that I would find many parts of this to be very funny and that I would be laughing despite myself, but actually, it was not funny at all, and I don’t think I even cracked a smile. In fact, I had a very difficult time even paying attention, and kept getting distracted by my iPhone and my dog.
Notable moments included:
- Cosby making fun of how the Italian language sounds to an American, which is the perfect complement to Adriano Celentano’s Prisencolinensinainciusol
- Cosby mocking his wife, who’s from the South, for liking chitterlings, and also mocking Greek people for eating tripe
- Cosby telling stories about his toddler children and their diaper habits
- Cosby claiming that he tried taking a bath in the toilet bowl when he was a child (“The problem with bathing in the toilet bowl is that the water is cold”)
1/5: I made it all the way to the end, but could not force myself to pay attention