Bill Cosby: Himself

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Bill Cosby: Himself
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Directed by Bill Cosby
Produced by Bill Cosby
James B. Herring
Written by Bill Cosby
Starring Bill Cosby
Music by Bill Cosby
Stu Gardner
Jemmin, Inc.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • May 20, 1983 (1983-05-20)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bill Cosby: Himself is a 1983 stand-up comedy film featuring Bill Cosby. Filmed before a live audience at the Hamilton Place Theatre, 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 center of the stage, only getting up to emphasize 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 many 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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