Bill Cosby: Himself

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Bill Cosby: Himself
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Directed byBill Cosby
Produced byBill Cosby
James B. Herring
Written byBill Cosby
StarringBill Cosby
Music byBill Cosby
Stu Gardner
Jemmin, Inc.
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 20, 1983 (1983-05-20)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

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, 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 successful 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."[1]


Nearly all of the movie concerns the trials and tribulations of raising children, frequently illustrated with anecdotes involving his own family. Occasionally, he compares these with stories from his childhood. Other topics include grandparents, going to the dentist, and people who drink too much or take drugs.

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  1. ^ "Comedians Salute the Stand-Up Comedy Classic Bill Cosby: Himself". GQ.

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