To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With
|To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With|
|Live album by Bill Cosby|
|Recorded||January 27, 1968
|Bill Cosby chronology|
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.
The day of the recording, Cleveland experienced a severe ice storm which tied traffic up considerably. Cosby delayed the opening of the act for an hour to give people time to arrive and find their way to their seats. Near the end of that hour, after a period of approximately 10 minutes with no new arrivals, a woman entered 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 room. When she had seated herself, Cosby cupped his hands around the microphone and announced in a deep, stentorian voice, "You're late!" The entire audience erupted in laughter and the show then began.
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 delves in great detail into his childhood. Many years later he hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things where he got children to talk about their childhood.
Side One covers topics such as the first sin ("The Apple") and Cosby's two daughters ("The Losers"). Side Two is one long story, recounting childhood antics in the bed that he and his brother shared when they were supposed to be asleep, which would be recalled over twenty years later in the first chapter of his book, Childhood.
Writer/director Kevin Smith said on the Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder DVD that this was one of his favorite comedy albums.
It was number 1 on SPIN Magazines list of 'The 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time', calling it "stand-up comedy's masterpiece." 
- Baseball – 2:36
- Conflict – 1:18
- The Losers – 8:50
- The Apple – 1:42
- To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With – 26:43
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