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On 1966’s Wonderfulness, Bill Cosby’s childhood memories fuel a slyly acerbic worldview. Kids are fun and magical, while their parents are con men and murderers. “The Playground” argues that grown-ups invented seesaws and monkey bars to kill off children. In “Chicken Heart”, moms and dads employ nefarious scare tactics to prevent toddlers from leaving their cribs. Cosby’s cadence has now entered its classic phase: slow and methodical, but ruptured by shrill voices and deep, guttural mumbles that look ahead to Fat Albert.

Biography

Born: 12 July 1937 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although African-American comedians had long been a staple of the standup circuit prior to the emergence of Bill Cosby, none had come even remotely close to reaching the same heights of commercial success or universal acceptance. Before Cosby, black comics were largely relegated to the so-called "chitlin circuit" of black nightclubs and theaters, their albums banned from white-owned record stores; after Cosby, comedians of all racial and cultural backgrounds found a home in the mainstream, and were...
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Wonderfulness, Bill Cosby
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Standup Comedy
  • Released: May 1966

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