It's been three long decades since Bill Cosby last starred in a televised concert special, and after taking a peek at "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished," the Cos concert that premieres on Comedy Central on Nov. 23, we can answer our headline question thusly: you bet your puddin' pops he does.
Still have it, that is. The legendary comedian and Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning TV star takes the stage for a 90-minute special that proves no one can tell a better story than Bill Cosby.
Taped in front of a live audience at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in Cerritos, California, last summer, "Far From Finished" finds the 76-year-old sharing lessons from 49 years of wedded bliss, as he tells tales likening marriage to a chess game (where the wife can move whenever and wherever she likes) and a fencing match (ditto).
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As always, what Cosby says is insightful and relatable, but the way he says it elevates it to a giggle-inducing place. He caps a string of stories about losing his house keys decades ago, why he can't call his wife with an emergency in the middle of the night, and his wife being in cahoots with the home security customer service representative with the masterful unfolding of a yarn about his quest for dessert.
While out to dinner one night with wife, Camille — who always makes him order "something poached" — he tries to sneak off to get a couple of chocolate chip cookies he spotted on his way into the restaurant, with predictable, but still hilarious, results.
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Cosby also shows off his special gift for interacting with the audience. Not only does he have them finish the last line of one of his most famous, and beloved, quotes from "The Cosby Show," but also has a priceless quip when a fan laughs extra loudly at one of Cosby's marriage anecdotes. "You thought it was only happening to you, didn't you?" he says to the audience member.
The comedian's long set — he's seated beside a small side table throughout — focuses mostly on marriage and parenthood, and feels like what we imagine it's like to have Bill Cosby in your home, telling you stories about his life.
Fans of his classic stand-up specials and comedy albums will delight in the performance, as will "Cosby Show" viewers, who will recognize his story about how his children were teased by their friends for being rich … and what the Cos did to disavow them of that notion.
"Bill Cosby: Far From Finished" premieres Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on Comedy Central