Saturday, September 19, 2009
COS AND EFFECT- RARE CLIP OF YOUNG BILL COSBY IN TORNTO EXPLAINING PERSONAL MOTIVATION AS A COMEDIAN - CBC-TV ARCHIVES - CIRCA 1969
What motivates any person to become a professional comedian?
Is it the promise of acceptance and attention for the disaffected?
The potential to exert control in the creative process for those who feel inhibited by their own inefficacy?
The allure of a million laughs than can generate millions of dollars, if you hit it big?
As comedian , actor and educator Bill Cosby started his meteoric climb in the sixties, his motivation may have been driven by the responsibility implicit in doing a job at your optimum capacity.And the money was pretty good, too.
In a rare, 1969, CBC interview with a mod-ishly tailored and Afro-coiffed Cosby, he methodically explains the blue collar work ethic, that would, over four decades take him from the projects of North Philadelphia to the pinnacle of comedy ,while earning tons of folding green.
At the time this conversation was recorded in Toronto,the affable monologist had just completed three seasons of his groundbreaking NBC-TV series , I SPY and was launching his short lived sitcom, THE BILL COSBY SHOW also on NBC-TV.
As he spoke ,he had no idea that his greatest video achievements,including, THE COSBY SHOW on NBC-TV were yet to come.
The excerpt, posted below, is from an episode of CBC'S respected interview series, TAKE 30, hosted by Paul Soles. Enjoy!!!!
In the above clip , Cosby refers to the elation and responsibility he felt during an early appearance on NBC-TV's THE JACK PAAR SHOW. Here , as a bonus clip ,is one of those striking performances.Enjoy!!!!!