Week Nine: Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)
Title: Bill Cosby: Himself
Tone: Ha Ha Ha
Cast- Bill Cosby
What: Bill Cosby performs some damn good stand-up…mostly while sitting down
- Wrapping up Black History Month with some lovely stand-up comedy.
- Included in Molefi Kete Asante’s book 100 Greatest African-Americans, Bill Cosby has played a significant role in breaking black stereotypes through entertainment and activism.
- Bill Cosby was the first black actor to co-star in a dramatic series (I Spy), received the “Man of the Year” award in 1969 from Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the 2009 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the 2003 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, and a long list of other accolades.
- Bill Cosby is probably most well-known for his sitcom The Cosby Show, which earned much praise for its portrayal of a black family who were well-educated and successful. The Cosby Show was one of the first sitcoms based on a comedian’s material and paved the way for similar shows like Seinfeld, Ellen, and The Drew Carey Show. In Bill Cosby: Himself you get to see Cosby at the top of his game and see the material which inspired The Cosby Show. Enjoy!