Revenge is of the half dozen or so stand-up comedy CDs Bill Cosby released yearly in the sixties. Cosby's comedy output in those years simply amazes by its consistency in terms of quality and of how many now classic comedy routines he created in those very prolific years. Revenge is, of course, another very family friendly clean stand-up comedy CD.
Weirdly enough, some modern listeners might disagree Revenge is family friendly clean comedy only because there is a track where Bill Cosby tells a story about being caught smoking in the boy's room. Well, they can always take it as an opportunity to set their kids up for a "meaningful discussion".
On a Bill Cosby stand-up comedy CD the problem is deciding which track, well tracks really, are classics and which are simply up to the Jell-O man's usual high standards. Revenge features three back-to-back absolute classics, the kind of track anyone who has ever listened to stand-up comedy is familiar with and always smiles when it starts to play on a radio comedy show.
Here, these tracks are Cool Covers, 9th Street Bridge, and Buck Buck. Cool Covers is something anyone can relate to as we have all at some point in time believed in the magic powers of covers to protect you from the monsters in your closet (as long as nothing sticks out from under the covers, of course). This track opens with Cosby being told he was Protestant: Hey, Man!
9th St. Bridge is the classic Bill Cosby stand-up comedy track about going to see a horror movie double-header (no pun intended) with Ol' Weird Harold, who was 6' 9' and weighed 50 pounds. The boys stay for a few too many shows and have to walk home and cross the Ninth Street Bridge.
The third classic of classics on Bill Cosby Revenge is, of course, Buck, Buck with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids playing a very strange pile them on game. Hey hey hey!
Bill Cosby Revenge, aside from these absolutely classic comedy tracks features a lot of very solid and enjoyable clean comedy that have definitely stood the test of time. The title track, Revenge, is about Cos storing a snowball in the freezer to get even with Junior Barnes who threw a slush ball at him. Any fan of comedy has to admire the construction of this very funny story. Two Daughters is about being the father of two very different girls. Two Brothers is another brilliant stand-up comedy routine about having to baby-sit his two brothers.
Anyone who has been around kids will absolutely crack up when they hear Bill Cosby's dead on imitation of the crying patterns of young children.
The lesser known tracks on this stand-up comedy CD is Planes, a minor airplane joke routine, The Tank, about playing with the toilet, and wives, a solid relationship story about the difference between married and single women and the sleeping pattern of the married man. Any married couple who has heard this track has exchanged a knowing look.
Bill Cosby Revenge is yet another great stand-up clean comedy CD from the master.
9th Street Bridge
Other Bill Cosby Reviews
Oh, Baby: another very good if different Cosby cd. 1991 on the Geffen label.
When I Was A Kid: When I Was A Kid, originally released on the Uni label in 1971 and now available on Geffen, is a collection of childhood stories from Bill Cosby' s stand-up days after he left the Warner Brothers label.
Bill Cosby Is A Funny Fellow, Right!: probably the Bill Cosby album or comedy cd everyone is most familiar contains his classic and memorable Noah bit comprised of Noah: Right! Noah: And The Neighbor, and Noah: Me And You, Lord.
The Very Best of Bill Cosby: definitely not the very best of Bill Cosby.
To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With: Title track worth the price of the CD
Wonderfulness: Contains Chicken Heart, Go Karts, Tonsils and other good stuff
It's True! It's True!: A high school student could have done a better job with an old cassette copy, a tin can, and a piece of string
200 MPH: another classic though lesser-known Bill Cosby comedy CD
I Started Out As A Child: Contains Street Football and Lone Ranger, the rest of minor interest
The Bill Cosby Collection: contains some of his most offbeat and hard to find stand-up comedy bits.
Why Is There Air?: Bill Cosby comedy CD contains $75 Car, Shop, and other good stuff
Himself: Bill Cosby DVD with The Dentist, Brain Damage, Naturan Child Birth, Chocolate Cake For Breakfast and other good stuff.
Ghost Dad: almost decent family fare
Leonard Part 6: 1987 Golden Raspberry Award winner for worst picture
Bill Cosby - Just For Laughs 2006: A giant show by the giant of comedy
Cosby And The Kids: The best Bill Cosby stand-up comedy CD compilation.
The Cosby Show - Season 3: A classic situation comedy that was excellent in its early years.
Bill Cosby - Montreal, July 25th 2009: This comedy giant is still a giant.
Icon: Nothing new if you already have other Cosby CDs
Far From Finished CD Version: The Master is in fine form and old school.
Far From Finished - Blu-ray: Brilliant. The video version includes a forty-eight minute interview but not the two bonus tracks from the CD