We all know Mother’s Day is special. Those ladies lucky enough to be in the audience tonight kicked up their heels and enjoyed an hour of laughs with Bill Cosby at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fl. If you’ve never seen the legend himself live it is an experience for the ages. He is proof positive crass language is not necessary to be funny or relevant.
I have seen Bill a handful of times live over the years and he never disappoints or fails to entertain. At 75 years of age he brings with him a wealth of insight and opinions much like a wise grandfather. His delivery is still classic Cosby. Sometimes a little slow and drawn, one would think he’s losing his train of thought. But make no mistake Cosby knows exactly what he’s doing and where he’s going with his tale. His brand of comedy has always been more of a storytelling session rather than the typical stand-up routines. For years he has taken center stage with only a chair, microphone, and a bottle of something to drink and table to put it on. That’s it, the bare essentials for a comedy legend.
This evening was no different. Casually dressed in a long sleeved white t-shirt and black pants Cosby entered the stage with little fanfare. Before his entrance a collage of interviews appeared on the screen where he asked children and older married couple’s questions. It was humorous and fit right in with the evening’s festivities. His own unique way of looking at the world, marriage, and especially raising children/teenagers never gets old or goes out of style. He told stories of when he was 13 and first uttered the words, “I love you,” to a couple of young ladies in his class. Stopping every so often to interact with people from the audience he did so with a razor wit, never skipping a beat.
The only part of his show that was a bit draggy came in the form of his segment regarding the Bible’s Book of Genesis. It went on a bit too long (a good half hour) and somewhere in the middle lost what steam it originally had. His version of the creation of Adam and Eve was funny in places especially when turning to the audience and expecting them to finish a verse of the Bible he was speaking. For example was talking about the ‘tree of’ more than half the audience said ‘tree of life’ rather than ‘tree of knowledge.’ This brought a scowl to Cosby face and a rolling of the eyes. He never had to utter a word, his face said volumes. Trying this three times with 90% of the audience getting it wrong (which was funny in itself) those who answered incorrectly were advised by Mr. Cosby to stay after the show and people would come around to help them out.
I guess after 49 years of marriage there is an established way of looking at that fine institution and the ups and downs that go along with it. One bit that really hit the audience at its core was Cosby’s take on the difference between ‘your wife,’ and ‘your friend.’ Remarking that every wife wants to be considered her husband’s ‘best friend,’ “Your wife is not your “friend,” she’s your wife!” He then went on to tell a story about driving home from the airport at three in the morning and his car breaking down. When calling his ‘friend’ Ed, he offered to get dressed, come and pick him up in the middle of nowhere and drive him home. When calling his wife she went on to remind him how many times she told him to get the car fixed and that he should have listened to her. Hence, the relationship/friendship dynamic; your wife is not your friend.
It’s clear to see even after all these years Bill Cosby still has fans that relate not only to his comedic style but can see past his years on television at Cliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show.” The biggest disappointment of the evening was the show was too short. He was only on stage for an hour where typically in the past he’s gone at least 90 minutes, sometimes longer. In all though it was a great evening to be at Hard Rock Live with a true legend spending time listening to the stories of ‘granddad Bill.’