To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With

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To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With
Live album by Bill Cosby
Released March 1968
Recorded January 27, 1968
Cleveland, Ohio
Genre Stand-up comedy
Length 41:09
Label Warner Bros.
Bill Cosby chronology
Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!
(1968)
To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With
(1968)
200 M.P.H.
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With is the sixth comedy album by Bill Cosby, and his eighth album overall. It was recorded in 1968 in the Cleveland Public Auditorium, and released later that year, on a 12" vinyl record.

Background[edit]

The day of the recording, Cleveland experienced a severe ice storm which tied traffic up considerably. Bill delayed the opening of the act for an hour to give people time to arrive and find their way to their seats. When the hour was nearly up (and no one had entered the auditorium for the last ten minutes for so) a woman arrived and made her way to a seat very near the front row. The auditorium was very quiet and the sharp click-click-click of her high-heeled shoes echoed loudly throughout the auditorium. When she had seated herself, Bill cupped his hands around the microphone and in a deep, stentorian voice announced "You're late!" The entire auditorium erupted in laughter and the show was underway.

This was Cosby's first album recorded in a large venue rather than an intimate nightclub.

Like many of his other albums and stand up work, Bill Cosby tells great detail into his childhood. Many years later he would host Kids Say the Darndest Things where he'd get children to talk about their childhood.

Side One covers topics such as the first sin ("The Apple") and Cosby's two daughters ("The Losers"), and Side Two is one long story, talking about childhood antics in bed when he and his brother were supposed to be asleep.

Writer/director Kevin Smith said that this was one of his favorite comedy albums on the Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder DVD.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. Baseball – 2:36
  2. Conflict – 1:18
  3. The Losers – 8:50
  4. The Apple – 1:42

Side two[edit]

  1. To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With – 26:43

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