Happy Birthday, Bill Cosby!


Wishing a very happy 72nd birthday to actor/comedian/author/composer/producer Bill Cosby, born today in 1937.

The Montreal Gazette published a great, candid interview with Bill on July 11th. When asked how he’s dealt with great difficulties in his life, such as the murder of his son — a case which remains unsolved, Cosby says, “Right across the hall in this house, I’ve been guided by my wife, Camille, who loves me dearly, and all I have to do is realize that and want her love. It’s all about values. And if we can value ourselves, then we can value others.”

Although I don’t get much traffic here from posting about “The Coz,” my readers will just have to forgive me for being self-indulgent because I’m a bonafide Cosby fan (as I explained here), and I’ve been collecting various other interview links and news items on Bill with the intention to do another of my notorious “news round-up” articles. Unfortunately, my time is limited at the moment and that will have to wait. But I didn’t want to go without mentioning his birthday.

In the meantime, here are just a few links published around the web over the last week:

– New England Sports Network blog: Cosby returning to pregame show (includes video links).
– L.A. Watts Times: Cosby Draws Crowd to an Essence Town Hall on Family.
– MLive.com blog: Bill Cosby reaches out to media to spread the word about Mott Community College.

Previous post: 4.02.2009 — Bill Cosby to Receive Mark Twain Prize.

Bill Cosby to Receive Mark Twain Prize


Variety reports:

Bill Cosby will receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The presentation of the award and accompanying festivities will be staged Oct. 26 at the center’s Concert Hall.

Cosby will be honored because “his groundbreaking brand of humor” and other accomplishments have made him one of America’s most beloved comedians, said Kennedy Center chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Previous news: 3.29.2009 — Bill Cosby on Tour.

Bill Cosby on Tour


I realize Bill Cosby is far more recognized as an on-camera actor, author, and comedian than he is for his voice work in cartoons, but his comedy albums and the character voices he performed on Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids in the 1970’s were early influences on my interest in performing and voice acting.

I had the opportunity to see one of Bill’s live shows in Tupelo, MS back in the late 90’s, and even today moments from that night still stand out in my mind, like him chastising a woman for coming in late to his show. He continued to scold her, and I swear the woman almost came to tears before Bill had to convince her he was joking. He called the woman up front, bent down and gave her a kiss, after which he remarked, “That’s the first time I’ve tasted the vanilla pudding!”

Now at the age of 71, Bill is still touring and has a fairly heavy schedule through November of 2009, and you can see the full list of upcoming dates at BillCosby.com. If he’s coming to a location anywhere near you, get yourself some tickets, take a friend or your family, and go enjoy yourself. I promise you won’t regret it.

That being said, Iowa’s The Daily Nonpariel has an interview with Bill about his live show, the 25th Anniversary of The Cosby Show, and his thoughts on the state of television. And there’s also a follow-up review of his concert.