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Bill Cosby: Himself

Bill CosbyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001AGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Taken from a 1982 concert film, this CD contains several solid routines by the veteran comedian. Most of these portrayals are humorous takes on family life. Cosby gives special attention to the messiness and frustrations of child rearing. His caricatures of domestic situations reveal a sharp eye for telling details that most listeners will recognize. Cosby pens the material himself and it's tightly written stuff, indeed. "The Dentist" perfectly captures the humiliation and absurdity of a visit to the tooth doctor. "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast" might be the only flop here. The comic's drawn-out performance is heavy-handed and everything gets a little too spelled-out. But for the most part this disc features Cosby in good form. The man is the embodiment of All-American humor and this album reflects that. --Fred Cisterna

Product Description

The soundtrack to Bill's 1982 concert film, which actually gave NBC's Brandon Tartikoff the idea for The Cosby Show ! And Himself was also a career milestone for Cosby's work, as he turned away from stories of his childhood to adult themes.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole story... February 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have watched the performance film version of Bill Cosby Himself
many times, and the comedy never gets old. I watched it for the first time when I was seven years old, and I still love it today(I'm 25 now). That being said, the film version of these routines are far superior to the audio version. First of all, not all of the routines in the film are included on the CD(the first two--"Drinking Alcohol" and "Smoking Drugs" are missing).
Secondly, as was pointed out by another reviewer, most of the laughs heard in this production are due to Cosby's facial antics and body language. Hence, you're not going to get the full effect hearing only the monologue. Finally, a few of the routines that ARE included on the disc are not complete; they have been edited for time.
Still, one can not get around the fact that, despite the flaws, the material on this disc is HYSTERICALLY FUNNY. It is Bill Cosby in top form, and I honestly do recommend buying this CD if you've never seen these routines.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why? October 21, 2002
By djonn
Format:Audio CD
I caught this performance on tv a little over 20 years ago and was pleased to find that it had been released on cd. It is disappointing.
They should be ashamed of themselves.
Get the video instead. For those of us who want to listen to BILL COSBY "HIMSELF" on long car trips, alas, (sigh), we shall have to wait for someone to release an uncut version.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Bill Cosby comedy album August 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I still have vivid memories of being a kid and watching Bill Cosby do his The Dentist sketch on a show called Solid Gold. It was easily the funniest thing I had ever heard in my life, and I went around telling everyone just how hilarious Bill Cosby was. At the time, I only knew Cosby from his Picture Pages segments on Captain Kangaroo and the Fat Albert cartoons, and I actually felt like some type of visionary when a little television vehicle called The Cosby Show debuted soon thereafter based to a large degree on the comedy you will find on this album (and the longer video from which these tracks were taken). A few of the skits in this performance were translated almost directly to the screen in the show's first few episodes.

Bill Cosby, Himself video is hilarious; I still laugh every time I listen to it, no matter how many times I've heard the routines. There was a time when I practically had The Dentist memorized. Cosby's humor resonates so well with audiences because he is describing and joking about things we all know and understand to some degree. He doesn't need to use foul language or tell dirty jokes in order to reach his audience. He just comes in and starts talking about the humorous things in life.

The comic material on Bill Cosby, Himself, deals primarily with family life - marriage, children, etc. He makes the birth of his first child a hilarious journey into the delivery room, explains that parents lose a lot of their intellect as they age because of the frustrating brain damage that afflicts all of their children, explains how differently his parents treat his own children compared to the way they treated him, and describes quite vividly some of the antics of his own five children over the years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as Himself June 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Bill Cosby, Himself" is one of those CDs worth listening to a dozen times. Each time I listen to it, my gut hurts from laughing so hard and so often. Like the video version, Cosby draws you into his world, which is just like your world.
Clean, yet frank, Cosby found a niche of family-humor that not only resonates across races and ages, but is able to be watched with your youngest ones without having to explain (or trying not to explain!) awkward sexual humor.
The insight Cosby brings to the mike is profound and subtle. He'll force you to consider your own childhood and laugh, realizing his dad and your dad are similar, and that he has turned into his dad. That, of course, might involve "B-raaain damage."
The curse, as he would say, to have childhood, will get you eventually. Then you'll pull your hair out too.
I fully recommend "Bill Cosby, Himself."
Anthony Trendl
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cos August 5, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you were to only listen to one Bill Cosby concert, this should be the one. He, in the Cosby way, comments about a variety of subjects ranging from getting drunk to raising children. Taken from a Canadian concert in the early 80's, this highlights Cosby's extensive career in comedy. A must have for any fan of Cosby or comedy. END
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks heavens for Bill Cosby March 4, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
GOD, the first words and I'm back in my parents old minivan cruising the eastern seaboard. This is THE ONLY tape my entire family would ever agree to listen to in the car. After owning it for a year, it self-destructed from over use. I've been trying to replace it ever since. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone searching for a compromise between "barney" and whatever the parents are requesting. without this tape, I think it would've been my family self-destructing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a good album, but it is not perfect, if it only had the "Why do people do this to themselves?" sketch, then it would be perfect. With that out of the way, this album is an abosolute classic, by far the best track is "The Dentist" (you will laugh extremely hard when you hear it). If you like the album, you should see the movie! Laugh riot!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Bill Cosby...
Bill has always been one you can listen to with the entire family. No inappropriate language and topics everyone can understand. Read more
Published 3 days ago by LaMont Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Side-splittingly funny and clean enough for kids or company
We listen to this often enough to quote it. My kids and I can quote just one line and we all know which sketch we mean. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer S Maw
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Cosby is amazing!
I have fond memories of this album...I used to listen to it with my family growing up. It's just good, clean, hysterical humor. I recommend to any Bill Cosby fans!
Published 2 months ago by Erin Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Album
This is one of those special albums that is universally acclaimed by everyone who practices in the comedic field. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bill Lumberton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Gift
This was a Christmas gift from my daughter's wish list! I am so pleased that she has come to appreciate this fantastic comedian. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol G. Nye
1.0 out of 5 stars AUDIO ONLY?
It was my mistake I guess. This is NOT a VIDEO? At this price who would think it was AUDIO ONLY?
Published 3 months ago by BILLG605
5.0 out of 5 stars "Himself" Bill Cosby
This is my favorite work of his. I especially like the "Chocolate Cake" routine. Very funny. Did you know he has a Ph.D. in education?
Published 4 months ago by anna garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good laugh
I use to listen to bill Cosby with my dad on road trips-so this was a must have. Funny clean humor! I just laugh till I cry!
Published 4 months ago by hcelene
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Cosby standups are worthy of everyone's music libraries -- so go...
It's clean, It's funny, Its... Bill Cosby. Comedy that is family friendly and great as a random playlist woven bit of stand up comedy from one of the greats.
Published 5 months ago by Wayne J. Villines
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny
in comparison to the video/visual copy of this stand-up, the audio is an editted/shorter version. The tracks included are very good and totally worth it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mackenzie Hiller
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