While commenting on a post which reviewed the movie “Noah” I felt compelled to end my comment with recognition that I liked Bill Cosby’s “Noah” better. The blog author concurred. Cosby was already a notable stand up comic, when he wrote and presented his famous “Noah” skit. The back and forth between Cosby’s, at first, unbelieving Noah and God is priceless. With each instruction from God, Cosby’s Noah would say “right” in a skeptical way. If you have not seen or heard Cosby’s “Noah,” please do yourself a favor and link to the attached video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bputeFGXEjA.
Cosby would go on to fame with his first TV show, “I Spy” which was actually a drama. But, after several tries, he finally hit it big on TV as Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” which was a TV ongoing version of his most famous comedy stand-up routine called “Bill Cosby, Himself.” The routine and the show speak to the humor around his large family. The show remains one of the most treasured comedy shows in TV history.
However, long before his huge TV stardom, I was given a Bill Cosby comedy album while in the sixth grade. I remember this as I would play it endlessly memorizing each skit. In fact, my teacher let me pretend to be Bill Cosby and get in front of the class to deliver the comedy routines. She even talked another sixth grade teacher into letting me do an encore. I probably was not as funny as I thought I was, no matter how good the material. But, I did have in my favor, that by listening to me, the class was not doing school work.
These routines would include my version of “Noah” as well as some other routines such as “Toss of a Coin” where various battles would follow a toss of a coin. Because they won the toss, the American rebels could shoot from behind the rocks and trees, while the British had to wear red and march in a straight line and so on. “Karate” where Cosby would learn Karate then go into dark alleys with money hanging from his pocket only to be accosted by a midget. “Little Tiny Hairs” was about men’s need to rip their face to shreds to rid themselves of “little tiny hairs growing out of my face.”
We had the good fortune to take our whole family to see Cosby perform. It was quite the treat, especially for me. He re-did his “Dentist” routine where he said you could actually walk out of the chair using only your buttocks. Since Cosby was always above-board, parents never hesitated to take their kids. In fact, during his “Bill Cosby, Himself” DVD, Cosby goes out of his way to define his wife’s pain in child delivery when she stood up in the stirrups and told everyone in the room “my parents were never married.” I have never seen my mother laugh so hard when we first watched that together.
I will always have a strong affinity for Bill Cosby. To me, he is a paragon of comedy. There are similarly funny people, but we are hard pressed to find some who has done it for so long at such a high-caliber. Plus, he is far more than that. He is civic-minded and is a spokesperson for many in need. He is a gift to us all. Thanks for all you have done for many, especially me.