Bill Cosby is no stranger to Oklahoma college campuses. One of the first times Cosby came to the state was for a 1968 performance at the McCasland Field House at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. His groundbreaking television series “I Spy” was winding down, but his career as one of the most important figures in late-20th century entertainment was just beginning.
“I remember sitting in the locker room,” Cosby said in a recent phone interview. “Yeah, and I think the entertainer following me the next week was Johnny Mathis.”
“This is the opening for it, and I’m very, very tickled — for the school and for the people who live around there,” he said. “And I’m trying to put together a fantastic classic (story) about … our daughter going to college, fulfilling our dream. It is hilarious — the college kids will laugh, the parents will laugh and in the end, they’ll get a clearer understanding that none of these schools were founded on a football helmet.”
Those chapters in Cosby’s life, the stories about his own childhood and his life as a parent, provided the material for his classic comedy albums such as 1964’s “I Started Out as a Child” and 1968’s “To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With” — standup routines that continue to influence modern comedians nearly a half century after their release. Those stories also created the foundation for his animated series “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” and his hugely popular 1980s sitcom, “The Cosby Show.”
Now, Cosby is taking another run at series television, teaming up again with his “Cosby Show” co-executive producer, Tom Werner, to create a new sitcom for NBC.
“Tom called me. He said, ‘Listen, aside from being the owner of the Red Sox, I really want to do something for the United States of America and the world.’ He said, ‘I want you to get your character,’” Cosby said.
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