Bill Cosby still has it and has it for a little more than two hours. All this stand-up comedy giant needs is a chair, a table, and an audience. The most coveted ticket at the 2009 Just For Laughs comedy festival was well worth the rather reasonable price of 75$. To boot, I had front row seats so I got to see Cosby and the legend of stand-up comedy got to see me. Then again, front row seats at the biggest theatre in Place des Arts features a tad wee bit less legroom than you get on Air Crapanada.
The show started off a little unevenly with a bit on colonoscopy Cosby did not quite seem to know where to go with. He got off on a tangent, did some verbal now you see it now you don’t, and took on a more comfortable road for both him and the audience: men v women.
You get the feeling there is no set piece here but more a series of loosely tied together anecdotes and stories from Cosby’s 45 year marriage to Camille. Relationship comedy is quite common but Cosby always makes it relevant, true, and funny as hell.
The comedian is supported by a large screen behind him so even the nosebleeds get to see his facial expressions. Cosby’s mimicry supports his material but he does not use it as a crutch. He is also quite good at playing with audience expectations, even having a laugh at its expense by setting it up so it will say the punchline for him and then good humouredly chiding it for doing his job.
This was an all new show that ran a bit over two hours. Bill Cosby always ends his show with an old routine to please his many, many long time fans. This time around, as was the case in 2006, it was the dentist bit, obikaybi?
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
Revenge: Features three back-to-back absolute classics: Cool Covers, 9th Street Bridge, Buck Buck
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.
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