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Album Review

As far as Cosby compilations go, the thing Cosby and the Kids does very right is present the tracks unedited, important since the comedian's languid reflections on his childhood are best left untouched. Yep, this is Cosby talking about his childhood for an adult audience, not Cosby talking to children, as the crayon-scrawled cover might suggest. First released when his television show was on top, Cosby and the Kids was originally coupled with the not reissued Cosby Classics in a two-cassette set. Cosby Classics' track listing is too close to his Best Of collection to warrant a reissue, but the fact that Cosby and the Kids is the lone compilation of his ten-minutes-and-over cuts makes it worthy, besides hilarious. Too bad Rhino put no effort into their 2005 reissue. There are no liner notes and there's still that "Cosby sweater" the man is wearing on the cover, still disguising these '60s recordings as '80s recordings. Shabby packaging till the day it dies, but with five prime routines no matter how you dress them. Do yourself a favor and grab the original albums, where the sequencing is much smoother. If your wallet doesn't allow it, Best Of and Cosby and the Kids give you a good representation of the man's early work.

Customer Reviews

Yes! They have "To Russle, My Brother, Whom I slept with"!

"To Russle, my brother, whom I slept with" is the funniest bit that I've ever heard Bill Cosby do! It's one of those bits where you get to hear Bill and his brother get into trouble with their dad and are worried that they are going to get hit with "the belt". I know that you will have to buy the whole album to get this bit, but Bill Cosby's impression of his brother crying is so funny!

Why is "Tonsils" on this album?

First of all, I think it should be known that I love every piece of material in these 5 tracks. Bill Cosby is incredibly talented and is an amazing stand-up. I have also heard all of the material on this album in different places, and I know that Bill Cosby will always be known as one of the greatest, clean stand-up comics of all time. But, I am a little annoyed by the tracks on this album. "Tonsils" was originally the first track on the album "Wonderfullness," but that album on iTunes doesn't have it. Why is it here instead? "To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With" might be one of the funniest stand-up routines of any comic, but, once again, iTunes does not have it in the title album, but only has it here. This bothers me, because I own the CDs for every track on here but Tonsils, so I don't want to buy this full album, since it would be a tragic waste of cash. However, I think it should be known that iTunes needs to get Bill Cosby albums in their entirety. Hit YES if you agree!

It's awesome!

It was totally worth getting the whole album! It was incredibly funny. I was rolling on the floor laughing! Bill Cosby tells these stories with such exaggeration that it's hilarious.


Born: July 12, 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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Cosby and the Kids, Bill Cosby
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Standup Comedy
  • Released: 1986

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