Legendary Cosby remains as funny as ever

 Reviewed by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

DURHAM — Even if you didn’t grow up in the 1980s, you probably watched “America’s favorite dad” on TV. Those in the Triangle had a chance to spend the evening with legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby last Saturday night at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Cosby was booked for two shows, one at 5 p.m. and another at 8 p.m.

Cosby walked out in front of a packed crowd promptly at 5, wearing his signature “Hello Friend” sweatshirt and carrying a North Carolina Central University T-shirt that he laid across his chair. He then ran a short video of hilarious moments from his web show “OBKB,” compiled by his wife. He noted that on Jan. 25, he and his wife will have been married 48 years, drawing applause from the crowd. Cosby explained that he was going to talk about subjects he covers in his new book, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was).”

The comedian then started talking about age and the middle age group, and how he just wanted “to slap ’em across the face.” He explained how he didn’t understand the complaints that the generation had, especially the “turning the big 30″ complaint. He was also confused by the fact that most younger people think all older people are senile. Cosby then weaved a yarn about his seemingly senile grandfather and their interactions.

 ”Don’t worry about senility,” Cosby explained. “When you get it, you won’t know it.”

 ”At my age, I watch TV differently, mostly with my back to it,” Cosby laughed.

 He told a story of how he was dozing off in front of the TV and heard a commercial he thought was talked about “some prehistoric animal.” Upon closer examination, he found that the commercial was actually talking about erectile dysfunction.

He then went into a long side track talking about marriage. Cosby was very interactive with the crowd throughout this portion of the show, asking audience members various questions about their marriages. He proved that even though he was 74 years old, he still had the energy to move around by doing Zig Ziglar-style moves and even lying on his side.

“Chess isn’t a game of war,” Cosby clarified. “The game is about marriage.”

Cosby, after a good hour of stories about marriage and his childhood, connected the dots by talking about his own daughter and how she exclaimed one night in an argument with her mother, “I didn’t ask to be born.” Cosby begged to differ saying that “nine months before you were born, I released 60 million (cough). It was a race. First one to the egg wins. You didn’t have to race, you could’ve hung a left,” he pointed out, as the crowd responded with roars of laughter.

Cosby’s show proved that the years have only given him more material for his comedy. The legendary comedian had no problem finding the humor in everyday life. His appearance Saturday night was a night of gut-busting laughter for anyone who was in attendance.

CJ Click is a senior at River Mill Academy and a Teens and Twenties writer. “Like” us at Facebook.com/TeensAndTwenties or follow us on Twitter at @TeensAnd20s.


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