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January 2010

An Un-Bill-ievable Start

Welcome to installment One of my Laugh-More-Tour for 2010. Already, the year is off to a great start, or should I say, a great laugh.

However, the laughs I got at this show really should come as no surprise. If I can do the math correctly, I’ve been laughing with this guy for something like 35 years. And, since the original record that I listened to belonged to my parents, it’s quite possible that I laughed along with this performer even earlier, but I just didn’t know who it was yet.

In fact, this particular record, I remember, became so important to me, that I recall actually taking the record to my grade school. Remember back in grade school, when you got the new toy, or latest gadget, it became such an important thing, that you actually brought it to school to show your friends? That’s the way this record was for me.

Now, if we start actually thinking about this, the record that I was bringing in for Show and Tell was already 10 years old; hardly the latest fad or gadget, for sure.

But it didn’t matter to me. I was hooked. I could listen to it again and again without getting worn out. When I listened to this stuff it was like I had it memorized, but at the same time, was hearing it for the first time.

Like most material things of childhood, things have a way of scattering. So it was with great glee that in one of my many garage sale experiences another copy of the record popped up for sale.

It was the best 25 cents ever spent.

And last Saturday afternoon, when I went to see him, I would close my eyes for a minute or two, and just listen. It was just like being back home.

And the only thing missing was the sound of the records’ scratches and pops.

Bill Cosby

Jan. 16, 2010

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Portland, OR

Note: If Mr. Cosby ever puts out another album with this material, I can only hope he’ll use these suggestions for the skit titles:

Intro/Portland Rain/Earthquake Shoes/I Sit Down when I Perform

(At 72 years old, I think he’s entitled, right?)

Thank You For My Nuts:

(Bill helps a fan celebrate a special 70th wedding anniversary)

Don’t Say You Want to Grow Old with Your Future Wife

(or You Have No Idea What You’re Talking About)

My Shadow Doesn’t Look Like Me

(A Tribute to Exercise)

How to Propose

(or Your Wife is not Your Friend, She’s Your Wife)

In Sickness and In Death - Modern Wedding Vows

(Bill asked the crowd for folks who had written their own wedding vows. One woman told him she accidentally said “In Sickness and in Death.” You should have seen his facial expression.)

What Happened to my Loafers?

(or Married Life leads to Conversations with Self)

How Did You Get that Side of the Bed?

(Bill claims that you get the side she doesn’t want)

How to Lock up the House

Women, Wives, and Husbands: That’s Right

I Said That Because You Were There

(Not because I wanted you for anything)

Who turned the Thermostat Up?

Who’s Supposed to be Taking Care of the Dog? (It certainly isn’t the Kids, is it?)

The Pain of Childbirth

(or Pain Men Go Through That We Don’t Talk About)

Father’s Day

(or The Worst Gifts Ever)

What Do You Mean There’s a GPS in the Car?

A Trip to the Dentist

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