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Cindy: ‘Cos’ Still Has It

My ribs hurt. Tears rolled down my cheeks. I gasped for breath. I was 5 years old and my brother David had just introduced me to Bill Cosby. He’d brought home the “Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow Right!” album, and we listened to it repeatedly that summer while David packed for college. In 1970, there was no comedy channel and no YouTube. We watched our comedy on one of four television channels or listened to our favorite comedian’s albums. And Cosby became an instant family favorite. My siblings and I can still recite his Noah routine (How long can you tread water?) and his classic football pep talk. Forty-plus years later, I sat in the Beasley Coliseum at WSU and laughed until my sides ached. The roar of appreciative applause that filled the auditorium proved the Cos has still got it/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

Question: Who is your favorite comedian? Why?

Bill Cosby To Perform In Spokane

Bill Cosby’s job titles, over the last 50 years, have included comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. Yet during a phone interview last week, we asked Cosby if he considered himself something a little meatier: an educator. “Yes,” he said. “Period. Day one. From the classroom at Temple University to the coffeehouses in Greenwich Village in 1963, all the way through. Everything I have ever done through the TV set has to do with education.” After all, Cosby is in fact Dr. William Cosby, having earned a doctorate in education in 1976 from the University of Massachusetts. Yet he also is one of the world’s best known comedians, able to command audiences of millions because he never forgot rule No. 1: Be funny/Jim Kershner, SR. More here.

Question: Can you think of a comedian who is funnier than Bill Cosby?

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