Bill Cosby Himself is definitely one of those stand-up comedy DVDs you have to own. It is that good. fans of funny comedy and funny standup are, of course familiar with the Cos' and are very familiar with one of Bill Cosby's later (relatively speaking of course) comedy CDs, Himself. Himself, the DVD is very different from Himself the funny comedy CD.
Bill Cosby Himself, the stand-up comedy CD has 7 tracks, all of them classic funny stories about the Cosby family and the Cosby kids. The classic tracks on the comedy CD are The Dentist, Natural Child Birth, Brain Damage, Kill the Boy, Chocolate Cake For Breakfast, Same Thing Happens Every Night, and The Grandparents. These tracks are between 5 and 8 minutes each, all of these tracks are very funny stories and funny jokes by the master of funny standup and also the king of funny comedy you can share with your kids and probably should share with your kids.
Bill Cosby Himself, the DVD has 17 tracks, not counting the credits tracks (studios always do to make you believe the DVD has more than it really contains), and, again, this is very funny material by the king of family friendly comedy. The reason you absolutely want to rent by mail Bill Cosby Himself or buy it is the tour-de-force Cosby pulls on this DVD. The Man stands on a stage with only a mike and a chair. No fancy background, no loud music, nothing except himself and a very astute lighting technician who knows what he is doing and highlights the many moods of Cosby and his funny stories. The tour-de-force Cosby pulls on this comedy DVD is he covers a gamut of topics from drugs and alcohol (family friendly and a good way to begin a discussion on the topic) to funny stories about flying, haircuts, siblings, cookies, and being a befuddled father (aren't they all).
To fully appreciate the art of Bill Cosby and fully understand why he is a major standup comic you have to see Bill Cosby in action. If you rent by mail Bill Cosby Himself or buy Bill Cosby Himself, the DVD, you get to see the man in all his glory just totally blows away any pretenders to the throne of king of comedy. He has a brilliant gift for making funny noises to illustrate his stories and this is supported by the funny voices, funny expressions, funny body language, and perfectly timed funny pauses and double-takes.
Bill Cosby Himself is the kind of standup comedy DVD that you will want to watch from time to time, especially when you get the doldrums. This DVD was released in 1982 yet not one second of the material is dated. Cosby's forte is to make timeless comedy seem effortless and cover the human condition without breaking into a sweat. Buy your own copy. It is that good.
1- Main Titles
2- The Best Part of Drugs
3- Walking Drunk
4- The Toilet Bowl
5- Dentistry (also on the CD)
6- Natural Childbirth (also on the CD)
7- Sons and Daughters
9- Brain Damage (also on the CD)
10 Little Jeffrey
11- The Cookie
12- Genius of the House
13- Breakfast (also on the CD as Chocolate Cake)
14- The Haircut (also on the CD as Kill the Boy)
15- Wedding Vows
16- Every Night (also on the CD)
17- Grandparents (also on the CD)
18- End Titles
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
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