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There's no consensus when it comes to naming The Greatest Comedy Album of All Time, but switch your search to The Most Influential and everybody agrees Bill Cosby's 1982 opus is near the top of the list. Himself is the one today's comedians will tell you they had memorized when they were kids. This is the album (along with the corresponding HBO special) that cemented the already beloved TV and movie star's place in the standup pantheon. It also made The Cosby Show, which would debut on NBC two years later, look all but inevitable in hindsight. Why? Because, Himself — recorded in Hamilton, Ontario, for some reason — was basically Bill Cosby auditioning to be America's dad. By track five, wherein he's bleary-eyed and serving up chocolate cake to his kids for breakfast, he's got the job.
Truth be told, this Cosby's a bit edgier and more frustrated than Cliff Huxtable. On Himself, we get lengthy rants about all children having brain damage, and how there's going to be a beating tonight. There's some farting and a couple goddammits. And the hilarious "Kill the Boy" bit — a father-son disciplining which surely begat two decades of Bart v. Homer —… read more »