Here's the scene: It's Friday night. We're at the event center at VCU. It's pretty darn packed. As part of VCU's 40th anniversary celebration, they brought in a special speaker to do a show/lecture. The tickets were free, but we might have paid to come anyway. And who was this payment-worthy speaker that we wanted to listen to on a Friday Night?
(Duh, his picture is totally right there, but hopefully some of you were still surprised.)
I'll be the first to admit I was star struck. My dad has been quoting Bill's stand-up stuff for my entire life plus a decade (the chicken heart that ate New York City is a personal favorite). We were also a big fan of "The Cosby Show" and I could even act out some of the episodes for you if you'd like. So when Bill walked onto the stage, we were stoked to even be breathing the same event center air!
Bill didn't disappoint. At first. He started off pretty strong with some pure-funny-Cosby things, emphasizing the point that people need to value themselves and set high expectations for themselves. Words to live by. But by the end we learned this:
1. Bill Cosby is 71 years old. He is a grandpa, and kinda rambles like an older granpda.
2. Bill Cosby can get VERY crude. And since he felt like most of the audience was students, he went for graphically crude.
3. Bill Cosby can start many stories and never finish them, thanks to a complicated string of tangents.
4. Bill Cosby can be really really crude.
He tainted our view of him a bit, I'll admit. So when he was still making us feel dirty and confused after an hour and a half, we decided to graciously tiptoe out before he could ruin our feelings for him entirely. And hey, the tickets were free.
So to VCU I say thanks for a free show, and to Bill I say thanks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We'll try to not act awkward if we run into you again, but I can't make any promises.