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The Best of Bill Cosby

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Album Review

Anyone who has the first six Cosby standup records will have all of this material already covered, but The Best of Bill Cosby is nonetheless a pretty good introduction. The choice of material reinforces the fact that in the early days Cosby was inventive and wasn't content to roll around in the clichés of husband versus wife, instead telling wonderful stories from his childhood and making observations about the absurd aspects of everyday life. Even after he started talking more about his family life on the later records, that storytelling aspect was key, always preferring to let the story flow rather than pulling out a string of cheap one-liners, and here he's at his peak.

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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  • 10,99 €
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Standup Comedy
  • Released: Sep 1969

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