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2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Bill Cosby’s professional show business debut, when he first made his splash on the New York nightclub scene, which quickly led to national stardom on television. Thanks to that medium, he rose throughout the 1960s to the top of his profession, winning awards and breaking barriers for black entertainers.
I remember going to see Bill Cosby do stand-up at the Frank Erwin Center back in 1989. I was just a freshman in high school and he was in the midst of his career, starring in one of the highest ranking television shows ever, The Cosby Show. From what I remember, I laughed a lot. I like that type of humor and I know that it appeals to a wide audience. You can check out any of his earlier comedy albums from the library.
Dr. Cosby (he has earned many honorary doctoral degrees over the years) has recently published a book, I Didn't Ask to be Born (But I'm Glad I Was). This is his first humor book since Cosbyology was written back in 2001. In I Didn't... Cosby offers another ark of comedy gold, introducing new characters and their humorous stories.
If you're five or fifty-five, you know who Bill Cosby is. He may have had a few bumps along the way, but who hasn't? That may be his appeal, even though he is a very wealthy star, he has roots at the other end of the spectrum. He can make toddlers laugh with his facial movements and he can make their grandparents laugh with his "remember when" humor. If you have a moment check our catalog and have a good laugh.
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