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The early '70s saw comedian Bill Cosby branch out into the educational aspects of television. In 1969, he first starred as an original cast member of the Children's Television Workshop PBS series Electric Company — which also boasted the innumerable talents of Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman. Then Cosby developed his own Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids animated series, airing Saturday mornings on CBS affiliates from September of 1972 to August of 1984. The show was based upon the adventures of the Fat Albert character first introduced on Cosby's '60s standup albums — most notably his 1967 release, Revenge. With the overwhelming response and acceptance garnered — from both young and old fans — Cosby returned to the standup nightclub stage of Harrah's in Reno, NV, to document more fables and tales. While a majority of Fat Albert centers around the exploits of Albert and the gang, the disc also includes two pieces, "My Wife and Kids" and "Fernet Branaca," dedicated to his adult life as father and husband. There is an inherent beauty in the obvious affection that Cosby relates in these yarns. Without a doubt this is why children of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are so enamored with not only the characters, but also the hilarious situations they constantly find themselves in. Several of these stories have since become cornerstones in Cosby's repertoire of observational humor. Among these are "Fat Albert's Car," "Fat Albert Plays Dead," and "My Brother Russell." These reach back and bookend the decade of stories begun on I Started out As a Child (1964) and ending on this volume. Despite the obvious endearment of these recordings, Cosby would not revisit Fat Albert as subject matter of his future comedy albums, choosing to seek a more mature audience with monologues dealing with parenthood and married life.

Customer Reviews

Awesome Album

this is a great album to buy, i wouldnt make it the first album i purchase, but it was one i was happy to add to my collection. Track 5 "my dad's car" portrays my father perfectly.


This is an alsome cd

So funny

I bought 12 albums of Cosby's at one sitting I love this man's humor so much. I thought this was lost to me forever when I gave up my tapes. While listening to these the past couple days, my husband couldn't stand it any longer and had to know what was so funny. I guess I broke out into roaring laughter one time too many. I finally had to put the ear phones on him and sit back and listen to him laugh. Then it was my turn to wonder what one he was listening to. Gotta get speakers for my iPod so we can laugh at the same time. I read some of the reviews on his albums as I was buying them.More than one reviewer talked about how you can listen to these albums WITH kids present. A very rare thing in comedy today. While some of the humor is dated now. Kids today may not know what a deposit on a pop bottle was. But anyone that lived their childhood the same time as Cosby are in for a real nostalgic treat. Walk down the memory lane with the Cos. You will not be wasting your money on these wonderful treasures. I encourage you to buy as many of his recordings as you can. They are like pieces of gold to me. I have not stopped smiling all day.


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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