|Bill Cosby: Himself|
|Directed by||Bill Cosby|
|Produced by||Bill Cosby|
James B. Herring
|Written by||Bill Cosby|
|Music by||Bill Cosby|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Bill Cosby: Himself is a 1983 stand-up comedy film featuring Bill Cosby. Filmed before a live audience at the FirstOntario Concert Hall, in Hamilton, Ontario around 1982, Cosby gives the audience his views ranging from marriage to parenthood. The film also showcases Cosby's trademark conversational style of stand up comedy. For most of the performance, Cosby is seated at the centre of the stage, only getting up to emphasise a joke.
Many of the comedic routines presented in the film were precursors to Cosby's most popular sitcom, The Cosby Show. An album of the same name was also released on Motown Records. The film is regarded by some as "the greatest stand up concert movie ever."
Nearly all of Cosby's routine depicted in this movie concerns the trials and tribulations of parenting, frequently illustrated with anecdotes involving his own family. Occasionally, he compares these with stories from his childhood. Other themes include grandparents, going to the dentist (in which monologue he utilizes his "Mushmouth" speech pattern to imitate a dental patient anesthetized by Novocaine) and people who drink too much or take drugs.
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