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Comedy Reviews - CD - Bill Cosby - Why Is There Air?

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Bill Cosby
Why Is There Air?
Originally Released 1965
Warner Brothers
40 minutes

Bill Cosby Why Is There Air? is one of the many stand-up comedy CDs Cosby released yearly in the sixties. Compared to absolute classics like To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, Wonderfulness, or Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow, Right!, Why Is There Air is not a great comedy CD but then again it is being compared to some of the absolutely greats. Why Is There Air? does, however, have some great clean comedy (this is the Cos of course) tracks.

The opening track to Why Is There Air?, Kindergarten, is another autobiographical story featuring Bill Cosby's experiences in kindergarten. Anyone who has been a child, and any parent who has a child in day care will enjoy Cosby's dead-on observational humor about this first school experience and learn Cosby got an A in going to the bathroom. Personal Hygiene and Shop are about Cosby's years in junior high school. Shop is particularly funny for its story about trying to get rid of the shop teacher. It is also a public service track of sorts because this great stand-up comic reveals that if you put two grooves in anything you can call it an ashtray.

Baby is yet another track about fatherhood. Not Bill Cosby's best but definitely funny. The two most often heard tracks from Why Is There Air? are Driving In San Francisco which is amazing because of how well the Cos can build a mental picture for you. If you listen carefully and know your Cosby comedy lore, you will catch him in a little white lie in $75 Car where he says he joined the service after high school (the true story, according to the never available on tape or CD but sometimes shown on PBS Mr. Zapolsky, With Love is he dropped out of high school and joined the service). The track itself is about having an old jalopy while he was going out with a rich girl and the minuscule guard dog her family had..

The Toothache is a rare track about him getting hooked on Midol. Hofstra is about his college football days at Temple and the lecture given to the team before a game scheduled to be televised and facing a much stronger and bigger team.

Why Is There Air? is another good Bill Cosby comedy CD. As usual, it is family friendly, clean comedy and, as always, adults will enjoy it a little more than the kids.

Track list:

Kindergarten
Personal Hygiene
Shop
Baby
Driving In San Francisco
$75 Car
The Toothache
Hofstra

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.

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



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