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 rape scandal was the official end to it, however.
  • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The notorious "Spanish Fly" routine, in which Cosby describes traveling to Spain in search of a mythical drug that supposedly makes women receptive to a man's advances if slipped in their drink, is extremely hard to listen to after the revelation of multiple sexual assault / rape accusations.
  • 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.
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