A Hilarious and Unexpected Afternoon with Bill Cosby

The audience was in awe as Bill Cosby, a living legend, nonchalantly walked on stage, unannounced, decked out in head to toe UT gear and uncle at the barbeque shoes with a Starbucks cup in his hand. The audience sat there for moment before rising to give him a standing ovation before he even said a word.

 By Dana Summers

The audience was in awe as Bill Cosby, a living legend, nonchalantly walked on stage, unannounced, decked out in head to toe UT gear and uncle at the barbeque shoes with a Starbucks cup in his hand. The audience sat there for moment before rising to give him a standing ovation before he even said a word.

I’ve idolized and admired Cosby since I was a little kid who would stay up past my bedtime to watch The Cosby Show reruns on Nick at Nite, so I was clapping like a maniac as he walked across the nearly bare stage to his seat. Cosby with his iconic smirk, discussed topics like marriage, family, religion, and sex throughout his set and constantly had the audience dying of laughter to a point where my face hurt. I had a built in mindset that Cosby was strictly a clean cut family friendly comedian, but he’s so much more dynamic than that.

Bill Cosby talking about sex is about as awkward as you think it would be. Even as a grown woman, watching Cosby drive into the subject ten minutes into his show made me cringe like a kid watching their parents kiss. He joked about the reason that fathers bad gifts on their birthday and on holidays stems from the fact that men do nothing during conception but “release” and fall asleep while the mother does all of the work. He even playfully wiggled his fingers when talking about the sperm’s journey to the egg. It was completely unexpected and I still can’t believe I got the chance to laugh at Bill Cosby’s sex joke during my lifetime.

While Cosby talked immensely about his childhood, there was one story he told that stood out from the rest because it was surprising dark and painted child aged Cosby as a cold, vengeful murderer. Cosby revealed that he hated, and by hated I mean hated, his little brother Russell. Cosby stood up from his chair and demonstrated how his Russell used to torment him by standing outside of his bedroom, one foot on the carpet, taunting him saying “I’m in your room!” Cosby’s mother said that he should keep his hands and feet to himself so Cosby demonstrated how he chest bumped Russell, Russell attempted kick him, and Cosby grabbed his foot which resulted in Russell tumbling to the ground. After Russell cried to their mother about Cosby hitting him, in retaliation Cosby went into Russell’s room and snapped the neck of Russell’s imaginary friend. Cosby called for his brother to go look at his imaginary friend’s dead body lying on the bedroom floor. Russell broke out in tears and Cosby could barely hold back laughter as their father attempted to take the situation seriously in order to comfort Russell. This story reminded me of the complexity of being a kid and the sibling rivalry I used to have with my own siblings. I admire how Cosby can address darker feelings under the guise of a cute childhood memory.

I still have goosebumps from the experience and I still can’t believe that I was able to witness the brilliance of one of my childhood idols before my very own eyes. It was a privilege to go see a living legend on stage who at the age of 77 can still make an audience of people of all ages roar with laughter. I even had to massage my cheeks on the way back home because my face was so sore from laughing. His mastery of comedy from storytelling to even physical humor is a skill that most people can only dream of having.

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