Bill Cosby, famous for telling funny jokes and funny stories anchored on his own experience and life released yet another very good comedy cd in 1991 on the Geffen label. It is quite possible this particular cd, Oh, Baby, is not as familiar to the comedy audience, or even to people who like Bill Cosby because it is also a bit of a departure for him.
Bill Cosby has never been afraid to take the time to tell a story right, be it about his childhood or here ski and ski equipment, and is one of very few comics who can do a 20 or more minutes funny bit and not lose you, just think of the Noah triptych, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With ?the all-time funny story, or 200 MPH, to name a few, but here this funny cd contains two long funny stories, one about love and one about ski, and that?s it.
The title cut on Oh, Baby opens this cd. Cosby explores the familiar territory of his relationship with his wife Camille and the joys of a long-term relationship. There is something a little more mature about this cut in that in some past stories, Cosby husband?s character came across sometimes as a bit of a spoiled little boy. Not this time. This is a story about two mature people who have been together for a long time and know each other?s foibles.
Again, it is a funny story yet it also sounds a little more serious as if both the Camille and Bill character know each other?s tricks so well they do not really bother going back to them anymore.
The second track is very funny, perhaps even funnier than the title track but only because the tone is different. Track two, Skiing, is about Bill Cosby going to a ski hill. Those familiar with Cosby?s take on golf or football will immediately understand he points out the flaws in the logic behind going up a hill to go down a hill. His comments on ski equipment salespeople and going through the process of buying ski boots using the store socks are funny.
I personally prefer John Pinette's take on the subject ?heard at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival a few years ago? but perhaps I am comparing apples and expensive sweatered oranges.
Bill Cosby is a staple of comedy radio shows but Oh, Baby and the two cuts on this cd may be unfamiliar to many people because most comedy radio shows rarely play long takes.
That is a shame. If Stairway to Heaven is the world-famous the dj took a pee break or has a friend in the studio cut, both Oh, Baby and Skiing deserve to be the same kind of cut for comedy radio hosts.
Other Bill Cosby Reviews
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.
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