Trivia / Bill Cosby

  • Contractual Purity: In Far From Finished, he talks about a few of the reactions he got when telling people he was getting a special on Comedy Central. One grown man burst into tears and shouted "Mr. Cosby's gonna swear!", apparently having his childhood destroyed by the mere thought of it (even though it's happened before). Another guy was also really hoping and expecting him to swear to a creepy level. He doesn't actually swear in the special, perhaps because of one or both of these reactions.
  • Creator Backlash: For Leonard Part 6, a movie he co-produced and co-wrote but ended up begging audiences not to see. Cosby not only accepted his Razzie for Leonard Part 6, he had the studio make him a statuette.
  • Creator Breakdown: The death of his son seems to have marked the unofficial end of his comedy career, although he's made occasional appearances on stage.
  • The Danza: Completely inverted. Cosby was never the Danza, even though a majority of his shows had his name in the title. He was Alexander Scott on I Spy, Chet Kincaid on The Bill Cosby Show, Heathcliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Guy Hanks on The Cosby Mysteries and Hilton Lucas on Cosby.
  • Edited for Syndication: In the late '80s, Disney Channel aired "Himself" many times, but it edited out the more objectionable parts (most notably the "Jesus Christ and Dammit" joke near the end). The album version also eliminated the entire opening sketch on drugs, and hacked up a lot of the other segments (for instance, the "Natural Childbirth" segment fades in on the Title Drop).
  • Looping Lines: Happens at least twice on the album version of Bill Cosby: Himself. A flubbed line about "brain damage" is re-dubbed, and in the "chocolate cake for breakfast" skit, his accidental reference to being awakened at 4 o'clock in the morning instead of 6 has the correct time of "6 o'clock in the morning" looped in from later.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In 1967, he had a #4 pop hit with "Little Ole Man (Uptight Everything's Alright)."
  • Talking to Himself: Cosby did most of the voices on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, including the title character.
  • What Could Have Been: He had quite a few projects planned for a while that were ready to get started, including a Fat Albert reboot and a new show on Netflix. But then the sexual assault accusations came up and put a very abrupt end to these plans.