Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Taking up a Cos

This might surprise you, but as a teenager, I used to idolize Bill Cosby.

Not the Bill Cosby of Cliff Huxtable fame.

Not the Bill Cosby of I Spy fame.

Not the Bill Cosby of alleged sexual assault fame.

Not even the Bill Cosby of Leonard, Part VI fame (gasp!).

No, I'm talkin' 'bout Cos'... the Bill Cosby of "Vooobah, vooobah, vooobah... ( ding!) NOAH!" fame. The Bill Cosby of Old Weird Harold and Fat Albert fame.  The Bill Cosby of Street Football and The Water Bottle fame.

Yeah, I'm talking standup comedian Bill Cosby.  Back when he was still somewhat funny.

When I was a kid, I had all his comedy albums.  200 MPH, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, Wonderfulness, and Why Is There Air? were all on heavy rotation on my ancient, school division surplus record player.  The Best of Bill Cosby never left my tape deck.

To say he was a big influence on my sense of humour would be an understatement, much like saying a man who's been struck by lightning is feeling a little under the weather*.  Listening to Bill Cosby taught me how to tell a story, and like Bill Cosby, my stories are generally stories about my life, idealized and embellished to a large extent, with a little bit of improv thrown in.

And I like to tell stories.  If you've known me in person, you've likely heard a few ad nauseum.  If you've been following my blog for any given time, you'll know this, too (albeit to a lesser extent).  And so, I have decided to take the advice some of you have given:  I am finally going to record them.

Seriously, friends and family have been encouraging me for years to record my stories, skits, and anecdotes, and for once, I'm listening to them.  I'll be doing a few test recordings over the next couple of weeks to see how I sound.  As I don't work from a script when I'm telling these stories in person (they tend to change and evolve over time), the recordings will also be done totally unscripted and unrehearsed.

Everything will be posted here, likely as podcasts.  Whether this will be a limited run or ongoing series remains to be seen, but I'll concentrate on getting the first couple out first before committing to anything.


*CJ's Note:  Yes, as a matter of fact, I did watch Dirty Pair: Project Eden recently.




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