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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.

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This is the BEST comedy album I've bought in YEARS! I only have three words for you: GET THIS ALBUM!!!!!

Laugh and laugh some more

On tv, Cosby was/is funny. On his albums, honed over years of live performances, Cosby is hysterical. This set of stories, from Driving in San Francisco through Buck, Buck and Old Weird Harold to the 3-part Noah, is some of his best. I've had this album (yes, an LP...and then a cassette) since it came out, and recently bought the digital version. I listened to Noah while out walking the other day and it's as funny as it was (sigh) 30 years ago. "can you tread water????"

this is the absolute BEST of bill cosby!!!

i have never laughed so hard in my entire life i was driving with my bro when i was listening to this and it was all that i could do to keep on the road if you like bill cosby GET THS ALBUM!!!!


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Standup Comedy
  • Released: Aug 01, 1969

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