Comedian, actor and author Bill Cosby portrayed fictional father Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable in probably his most famous role on "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992. Appropriately enough, in advance of his scheduled Thursday show at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino near Highland, the 76-year-old former Jell-O pudding pitchman slipped back into the role and shared some fatherly advice with the Los Angeles News Group.
Cosby said there really is no need for profanity or sex in his stand-up act, and added that he came from a time when it wasn't allowed in clubs in the 1960s:
"My reasoning has always been that I was really ruled into it," Cosby, 76, said. "When I entered the business in 1962, it was known in clubs: Listen, there's no profanity. You don't go below the belt, innuendo was not necessary and they would hit you hard in print (reviews) for that."
Cosby said he still has to deal with hecklers as a comic and talked about how he deals with it:
"If you don't understand it, don't get angry, ask what they said. 'Like 'excuse me, what did you say?' Then you're clean on what they said. ... Then your next job as a comedian is that you go in another direction other than yelling at or cursing at the person. Take it to the audience. Like, 'Listen, I'm working here, if you don't mind, let me continue on.' Right now it's one person's opinion, but I got 300 other people that seem to be OK. If you use that kind of suggestion, then you don't have to get into cursing somebody out."
Cosby believes the public school education system is broken, but fixable if parents get involved:
"You can't tell me education is this difficult to fix when there are so many paradigms of success. You don't have to have a ton of money. You have to have a willingness to succeed with what you have. So many people give parents a reason not to show up to meet with the teacher and they've got to do just the opposite."
While Cosby won't include it during his set, he did discuss the recent controversy surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers and its owner Donald Sterling, who has been deemed a racist after a recording of the NBA mogul talking to his girlfriend was leaked to the media:
"Everybody except Winston Churchill has weighed in on it. ... Who turned this stuff over? Who was sleeping with him as he was talking like this? ... There are many contradictions made. But a racist is a racist. Period. And the media is telling me over the television and the radio that they knew about this a long time ago. OK, and they didn't think enough to blow it up? And they're turning around and blaming the NBA for not blowing him up? Time out. So if this man is doing what he's doing with human beings of color and he wasn't a nice person, why didn't the media jump earlier?"
Cosby also said he won't perform stand-up comedy album material from the 1960s onstage:
"Don't ask me to go into anything from 'Why is There Air?' or any albums that happen to be 45-years-old. I am very happy to announce I'm very prolific and far from finished."
For more information on Cosby, and what he's up to now, head to billcosby.com.