During my junior year in college, my resident advisor (RA) invited our dorm floor to pile into her room to watch Thursday night's "Must See TV" anchored by THE COSBY SHOW. For those who don't remember the '80s, check out this link,
The Cosby Show, one of the biggest surprise hits in American television history, dominated Thursday evenings from 1984 to 1992. Focusing on the everyday adventures of an upper-middle-class black family, the series revived a television genre (situation comedy), saved a beleaguered network (NBC), and sparked controversy about race and class in America.
I don't remember the controversy about race - I just enjoyed the show. Bill Cosby appealed to the entire family. Consider his bio at this link,
Despite their hardships, Cosby's mother stressed the value of education and learning. She often read to Bill and his brothers, including the works by Mark Twain. A gifted storyteller himself, Cosby learned early on that humor could be a way to make friends and to get what he wanted. Cosby excelled at making things up. As one of his teachers once noted, "William should become either a lawyer or an actor because he lies so well.''
|Bill attended Temple Univeristy.|
I'm glad he became an actor. Comedian. Author. Children's Advocate. National Treasure. Today I am honored to spotlight America's Humorist to celebrate the release of his new book,
I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN (But I Am Glad I Was):
The world's most beloved funnyman is back with his first humor book since the bestselling Cosbyology. In this hilarious new collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, Cosby introduces a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky, and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.
I posted my review on Amazon at this link. I am giving away a print copy of I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN (But I Am Glad I Was) to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about humor - has it helped you out of a tough spot? Or do you have a favorite Cosby moment?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers. I especially like to hear from our international readers on who are comedians from your countries.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, November 5, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 6.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Bill and his various forms of comedy, check out his website at www.billcosby.com.
Bill also served in the Navy at this link.
(I did not know this until I wrote this post).
|Bill Cosby becomes an Honorary Chief.|