This 1966 comedy album shows Cosby beginning to focus more on parents and children in his comedy (e.g., "Tonsils" and "Lumps") and less on dating behavior and the weather in Seattle. In other words, this is the album where his unique brand of stand-up comedy crystallizes.
The Kuhn family grew up on Bill Cosby records. We had several of his records at our house, never got tired of listening to them, and this is his best album. The three best cuts on this are Go Carts, Tonsils and Chickenheart.
Cosby has a great talent for telling stories from a kid's perspective, much like Mark Twain did with Tom and Huck. These are mostly stories about his childhood and they still crack me up after all these years.
The problem with some comedy albums (not the ones I review for you) is that they get old after you hear them a few times, but
is such a great story teller, that it's fun to hear these records over and over. You really can't go wrong with any of his records, but do yourself a favor and buy this one.
To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With
This is one of Bill Cosby's best albums. The first side of the album is great, but the real highlight is side two. This 27 minute routine is Bill Cosby's "magnum opus". He hilariously describes a night from his childhood, sharing a bed with his brother.
Although this is Bill's funniest comedy routine, it isn't included on any of his "best of" albums, simply because it's so darn long. All the more reason to buy this CD; I highly recommend it!
Back when albums were records and not CD's, the title track of "To Russell, My Brother, With Whom I Slept" took up the entire second side of the disc, which makes it the "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" of comedy routines from the 1960s-70s. With this routine Bill Cosby clearly reaches the pinnacle of his craft as a stand-up comic.
Bill Cosby had often used his family as a source of comic inspiration, but the depth and length of this piece is astounding. Certainly in his recent filmed performances Cosby has created other long comic gems, but this one is the first and so it is cherisehd with a special fondness. I can joyfully recall listening to this recording with my children and for years we could get a laugh out of suddenly wailing, "The man came in through the window, Dad!"
Even if you have not heard Cosby's other routines about growing up you can enjoy this timeless piece. Complete your Bill Cosby collection by getting
To Russell, My Brother...
I still have vivid memories of listening to Bill Cosby's Dentist sketch with my children. It was easily one of the funniest things we had ever heard, and we went around telling everyone just how hilarious Himself was. The Cosby Show debuted soon thereafter, based to a large degree on the comedy you will find on this album. A few of the skits in this performance were translated almost directly to the screen in the show's first few episodes.
Bill Cosby, Himself, is hilarious; I still laugh every time I listen to it, no matter how many times I've heard the routines. There was a time when I practically had The Dentist memorized. Cosby's humor resonates so well with audiences because he is describing and joking about things we all know and understand. I love that he doesn't need to use foul language or tell dirty jokes in order to reach his audience.
The comic material on Bill Cosby, Himself, deals primarily with family life - marriage, children, etc. He makes the birth of his first child a hilarious journey into the delivery room, explains that parents lose a lot of their intellect as they age because of the frustrating brain damage that afflicts all of their children, explains how differently his parents treat his own children compared to the way they treated him, and describes quite vividly some of the antics of his own five children over the years.
Bill Cosby knows people, and he knows how make them laugh; he is also one of the greatest storytellers in the world. He is at his funniest here, and I really can't imagine there is anyone out there who would not enjoy listening to Bill Cosby, Himself. I predict you will never forget
take on what cocaine does to people or why chocolate cake is not a good breakfast food for children. Get it today!
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