Bill Cosby’s not done yet

CityPress - - Opportunity index - by Les­ley Mofokeng

Far from Fin­ished

Com­edy Cen­tral, Mon­day, 9pm

Many of us grew up with the Huxta­bles, one of TV’s most loved fam­i­lies. Bill Cosby was the quintessential up­per mid­dle class African-Amer­i­can fa­ther and com­edy ge­nius. His jer­seys were as leg­endary as his comedic tim­ing, fa­cial ex­pres­sions and in­cred­i­ble wit.

Now 77 years old, the fun­ny­man is in his fifth decade as a stand-up per­former.

To­mor­row, he presents his first spe­cial in 30 years. The set is sim­ple: a ta­ble and a chair, and an old man ram­bling on about friend­ship, love, mar­riage and old age. But this oldie is not about to send you to sleep. He has the gift of the gab and proves that he still has the touch af­ter all these years.

Cosby rose to stardom in the 60s by record­ing com­edy al­bums – earn­ing plat­inum suc­cess. He starred in the TV drama I Spy, be­com­ing the first AfricanAmer­i­can to co-star in a drama se­ries, break­ing racial bar­ri­ers in TV in the process and lift­ing three Emmy Awards.

The 80s pre­sented him with a TV com­edy phe­nom­e­non, The Cosby Show, which ran un­til 1992 with stars Phyli­cia Rashād, Mal­colm-Ja­mal Warner and Raven-Sy­moné.

Ru­mour has it that we may see more of Cosby as Jonathan Franklin, a pa­tri­arch of a multi­gen­er­a­tional fam­ily in a new NBC show next year.

PHOTO: NBCU PHOTO BANK

FAM­ILY MAN Bill Cosby as Dr Heath­cliff ‘Cliff’ Huxtable in The Cosby Show

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