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Cosbyology : essays and observations from the doctor of comedy
Cosby, Bill, 1937-
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [2001]

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x, 175 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Returning to his early days of comedy, the comic genius and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Congratulations Now What guarantees us a look at the funny side of life. In his long and illustrious career, Bill Cosby has been many things: award-winning actor, bestselling author, doctor of education, media icon, and role model. But first and foremost, he is a comedian, and here he returns to that role in this wonderfully funny collection of stand-up material that touches on everything from childhood and marriage to school, sports, and work. Fusing his classic jazzy timing and edgy humor with the intelligence and perception that have made him a huge star, Bill Cosby draws from his own life to tell these laugh-out-loud stories. With a dry wit and uncanny insight, Cosby writes about his first experiences skiing, making love to his wife, lying to his mother, and fretting about ingrown hairs. Fans young and old will be eager to add this volume to their collection, while new fans everywhere will delight in this sampling of great comic genius.

Author Notes

Bill Cosby is one of America's most beloved and well-known performers. He entered show business as a stand-up comedian in 1962 and has appeared in such television hits as I Spy, the animated Fat Albert, The Cosby Show, and Cosby

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Booklist Review

In this small collection of wry comments and comic observations, Bill Cosby, Ed.D., approximates the character of his last TV incarnation, Cliff Huxtable, M.D., centerpiece of Cosby's then-groundbreaking portrayal of a black professional's family. As in that show and in earlier essays on family-oriented fun, Cosby largely ignores social issues and showbiz concerns in favor of gentle, almost sentimental humor. In places, the humor is mellow almost to the point of inducing somnolence, as in his riff on men's changing nocturnal urination strategies as age and the duration of monogamy advance. Not that his invocation of feeling for the porcelain bowl in the dark with one's calves doesn't hold water; it is just that the subject is more mundane than a politically and socially astute guy like Cosby might choose. On such subjects as going to the doctor, assessment tests, and that most annoying of yuppie pastimes, skiing, he often sounds for all the world like his old Jell-O pudding commercials. Still, he is consistently amusing, probably just the thing for desultory reading, and he still has legions of fans. --Mike Tribby

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cosby has entertained readers on subjects ranging from aging to marriage and parenthood. Some, however, will be disappointed in these 19 lightweight pieces composed of free association, fleeting memories and digressions: about how at age eight, for example, he went out to play, leaving his two-year-old brother alone, or about his refusal to do his geometry homework ("'cause home is for play"). Cosby's conversational humor involves repetition and minimalistic reduction of everything to brief sentences and simplistic language: "You don't want to have it checked because the doctor may say: Ooo! You've got it! That means you have it. If you don't go, it means you don't have it." Amid expositions on grandparents, plastic packaging, noisy boats and ingrown hairs, truly funny bits occasionally surface. On seating arrangements for the elderly, he says: "You cannot put someone who eats salt and regular food next to someone who can't have anything except a stainless steel fork and water because, if you do, they're not going to like each other." The best chapter recalls his move from Greenwich Village stand-up comedy to big-time clubs, particularly a big-time flop in Chicago. His honesty makes readers want a full-scale autobiography in place of these miscellaneous bits. Even the great George Booth falters here with offhand illustrations. (Nov. 7) Forecast: Hyperion plans an intense marketing campaign includes a radio and TV satellite tour, 12-copy counter displays and author appearances on Good Morning America, Rosie O'Donnell and numerous other national shows. This might have a big spike in sales at first, but word of mouth will slow it down. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Comedy is funniest when it stays as faithful to the truth as Cosby keeps it in his latest collection of 19 autobiographical essays. His topics range from the unromantic changes in married love over time to the discomforts, dangers, and expense of learning to ski. Students will laugh hardest at his quirky jokes about the problems of growing up in the projects, being identified as an intellectually gifted child, and coping with threats to health and safety. The author reveals his most vulnerable moments as a young comedian who was too nervous to make his audience laugh. He describes how he walked off of the stage feeling totally humiliated. He also discusses his difficult adjustment to the military, and explains how that experience drove him to work hard in college. In stand-up comic style, Cosby shows readers different stages of his life, and he highlights all of the laughable moments in hilarious, hyperbolic detail throughout this short book. Such a highly successful person's willingness to share his stories of triumphing over adversity, and overcoming moments of failure, is sure to inspire many teens. Even reluctant readers will breeze through this book while laughing out loud along the way.-Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Oh, Baby!p. 1
Why I Don't Like Melting Snow Going Down the Crack of My Backp. 15
The Day I Found Out How the Projects Were Builtp. 29
Don't Ever Do Your Brother a Favorp. 39
How I Became a Marked Manp. 47
To Mr. Sapolsky with Lovep. 53
Praise the Lardp. 71
Tranquillity: Just a Thought While Listening to a Jackhammerp. 81
Boatsp. 85
A Gift from Godp. 91
Passenger Abusep. 95
This Will Never Changep. 101
Ingrown Hairp. 107
Why Dave Schembri's Friend Is Still Alivep. 117
Grandparentsp. 123
How You Can Chip Your Teeth and Pull a Ligamentp. 139
Seating Arrangementsp. 143
The Day I Decided to Quit Show Business or The Night I Met the Enemy and It Was Ip. 153
The Lone Rangerp. 169