The Cosby’s on crack. Or should I say …. The Cosby’s ISLAMISIZED without beating their addiction to crack:
“Yeah, Dr. Huxtable stones Rudy to death for talking to a boy at pre-school. Comedy gold. In other hilarious developments, Theodore, blows up Grand Central with a backpack bomb.”
The Quote is from some fellow at Catallaxy. A fellow who I usually agree with but who nonetheless takes a mean-spirited and uppity attitude towards me, if my memory isn’t playing tricks on me. But the quote reminds me of my sometime assertion that Bill Cosby is the funniest man in the world.
HERE COSBY FIND HUMOR IN EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES
Actually Bill Cosby is in my top three. Peter Cook, John Cleese and Bill Cosby. Now one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong …. as they say in Sesame street. Why are Peter Cook and John Cleese grouped together in your mind and why is Bill Cosby on his own?
Well the thing is Cleese started his career by acting out skits that Peter Cook had already written-and-performed. He was a late starter, and went in with the other BBC types, with productions like …… Don’t Adjust Your TV Set …… Yet ….. And then fell in with the Monty Python team. He was by no means the early innovator. Its just that as time went on his inherent superior talent emerged, to cap his early-innovating mentors. I wonder if a lot of this doesn’t come down to good health. I say this as someone who is emerging from a very long period of not being very energetic and suddenly finding out what I need to do to get more energetic. Here is Peter Cook …. this incredibly innovative comedian, even from his early teens, and a whole swag of people eating “from the crumbs that fell from his table.”
Here Cook is clearly funnier than Cosby above. But Cook is mining a deeper vein of tragedy, trauma, social dysfunction, collective embarrassment, and psychological pain. So while Cook is clearly more funny in this instance, it is COSBY WHO HAS THE HARDER GIG.
Why I put Cosby as in the top three and possibly number one is that he could make normal everyday things funny. No-one else, in his weight-division, could pull this off, in the way that he could.
Bill Cosby didn’t have to be breaking down the class structure, or performing an act of Cartharsis, for two world wars and a lost empire, and he didn’t have to be exploiting the weak points of a repressed society ……. he didn’t have to be doing any of these things ….. to get a laugh.
Bill Cosby was a fellow who could get a laugh anywhere he looked. Anywhere he looked around the house. Anywhere he looked and observed normal people. No other man had that sort of talent. Whereas Cleese, himself a very conservative fellow, could get a laugh from taking things to a harder edge … But in comparison ….. Cosby could get a laugh out of ANYTHING. Normal things. Normal relationships.
Its hard to pick a winner of the three. Cleese achieved so much with Fawlty Towers but he stands on Cooks shoulders. But Cosby is sensational and a real original. Cook is still more original than Cosby, but had achieved so much by the time he was through his twenties. And didn’t really shine for a wider crowd from then on. With my new understanding of health matters I would speculate that perhaps Cook failed to shine on the grounds of various health problems. He was still extraordinarily funny. But did not get as much done as what one would have thought he was capable of.
I don’t know. Its very easy just to say: “Bill Cosby is the funniest man in the world” ..
Very easy to assert this. Very hard to falsify.
HERE FOR ONCE, PETER TURNS HIS TALENTS TO THE NORMAL SORTS OF THINGS. PROBLEMS WITH GIRLS. BLOODY GRETA GARBO.