Monday, January 19, 2015

Bill Cosby In Town

I should say a few words about Bill Cosby in film since this is a film blog and I saw him do stand up last night.

His TV and stand up seems rooted in reality. Oddly, the films that followed the huge fame of The Cosby Show were high concept silly films.  Leonard Part 6 and Ghost Dad are silly and not very good.  His Fat Albert film is a different story. It is high concept. Fat Albert and his gang go from animation to the real world. And yet there are good lessons about citizenship and how to be a good person. For instance, when walking with a woman, the man should always walk nearest the curb in case a car swerves or water is splashed onto the sidewalk.

If his stand up is to be believed, Cosby was not a good citizen as a very young child. He took money from the church donation box to buy a four scoop ice cream that he dropped. He killed his younger brothers imaginary friend!  Here is the image that greeted the audience until he hit the stage.

There were cops there
Everybody was there for a good time. My sister should up with her guy. It was nice seeing them. There was one lone protester outside, but I never saw her.
I did hear this exchange
Old Man (who came in a group of four others):  So what is this a play?
One of Group: No it's Bill Cosby.
Old Man: WHAT!!!
Old man aside, everyone seemed there to see Bill, and we all laughed. He did twenty mintues on football and how his grandson bet against New England because they win too much.
Mostly, he did routines about childhood, a very funny bit about his uncle and a stork, a bit about pinatas not coming with candy.
The only reference he made to current events is mentioning that he is no longer on the Temple University board of directors.  He ended with a story about being at a Temple ceremony that was a hilarious showstopper.
My favorite moment of the show:
"I don't understand comedians who say we were poor but didn't realize it. In my family, we realized it. We were informed."  It was a night of great comedy from a man who, ideally, will still be doing this for years to come.



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