Sunday, December 7

hiya, bill!

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.


The Miles Family said...

Hahaha! I still laugh about that night when I think about it. It was fun and exciting...but Bill what the heck?!

Traci M said...

That's too bad about the crude stuff. I'm glad I wasn't there. I can pretend I never heard about it.

The Miles Family said...

Hey guys this is Josh this time. Do you remember that time that we went to see Bill Cosby and he was funny and clean...well a little crude...about half and half...pretty crude...ok, ginormously crude? That was crazy huh? Do you remember how he would start something and then drift off...hey do you guys want to go ride bikes? Thanks for the fun night and that was great hot chocolate that we got from that one place that I won't mention on your comments page so that people don' you guys want to go ride bikes?

janaya said...

we had the same experience at wolftrap last summer. sad times. i LOVE the cosby show, and i'm a big fan of kids say the darndest things... but bill, he can ramble. and although he kept it pretty clean when he was here (aside from a viagra bit)... he wasn't that funny. about as funny as a 71 year old grandpa rambling about nothing. sorry i didn't warn you.

The Mortensens said...

Oh man!!! That stinks! I can still picture dad sitting in our family room in Utah listening to BILL and laughing so hard he had tears! I will keep that in my memory box and take out the fact that he is Crude and old. Sigh...thanks alot Bill.
I just may not watch Little Bill anymore if your gonna act like that.

Lindy said...

What a shame! That's like finding out that Peewee Herman got arrested for exposing himself in an adult movie theater. Wait a minute...that happened as well!

Well then it's like finding out that Bill O'Reilly had disgusting and degrading telephone conversations with an underling. What a minute...

I am beginning to think that men are total sickos!

the Allers said...

You know who else has been rumored to be super crude. Danny Tanner. Which definitely complicates my love/hate relationship with Full House.

Chelsey said...

So, I read this article once in People magazine about how Bill Cosby had date raped (drugged and then took advantage of) multiple younger women. They were trying to press charges against him, but I guess they weren't successful since I didn't hear anything else about it. Innocent until proven guilty, right? Still, I've never felt quite the same about him. BTW, I just noticed your blog link on Katie's blog. So fun! Mine is private, but you should send me an email ( and I'll send you an invite to mine. :)

Joy and Ted said...

Oh I am so disappointed that he was crude. I seriously LOVE "The Cosby Show" and consider myself one of its biggest fans. Jackie, when do you want to act out some shows together? :)

emily and logan said...

bill, you old rascal.

Stacey said...

I have been disappointed by many of my favorite comedians. They are all very crude, vulgar and down right naught!! Why?