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Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  340 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Now in paperback, the national bestseller from the funniest man in America, who looks back at his life . . . bit by bit.

With more than 200,000 hardcover copies in print, Bill Cosby's Cosbyology has landed on bestseller lists nationwide, including the New York Times and USA Today.

In this wonderfully funny collection of stand-up material that touches on everything from child
Paperback, 202 pages
Published November 13th 2002 by Hachette Books (first published 2001)
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Sep 11, 2013 Go rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, humor, memoir
This started out funny, unfortunately it quickly became drab. It was random and seemingly pointless. I had a few laughs but it was not up to par with his other works. I liked the stories about his changing relationship with his wife after years of marriage. It’s funny because it’s true, at least in my experience it is. When they were newlyweds certain things were cute, then they gradually became a nuisance. For instance, when they went to bed Bill put his leg on top of his wife and she said “Hey ...more
Ender W
Feb 11, 2016 Ender W rated it liked it
Cosbyology is a collection of stories from Bill Cosby's life. The greatest part of the book is the brevity of the stories. Some are only three pages long and all are light-hearted. Each entry reminded me how we all have stories to tell and to remember the funny ones. The book also inspired me to write down some of my own tales. "Oh, Baby!", "Why I don't Like Melting Snow Going Down The Crack Of My Back", "Grandparents," and "Seating Arrangements" are my favorites.
Aug 23, 2014 Margie rated it really liked it
More from this master of comedy is always welcome. These short pieces are sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking but always insightful. He is a observations on human beings and their behaviors are always intriguing. However, there is nothing in the world like hearing or seeing him perform his own sketches as the intonations of his voice and the looks on his face are priceless.
May 28, 2014 Casey rated it liked it
This book gets 3 1/3 stars. Yes. I did give it an extra 1/3. There were some parts that were so funny I was laughing out loud and shaking my head, thinking "oh Bill. What a kid"

But... There were some parts that were distinctly less funny.

Regardless of the comedy of the bit, I loved learning more about Bill Cosby's life.
Mar 31, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Comedians, senior citizens
I picked up this book thinking that this would be a book with a list of famous jokes he has told but instead found myself reading persoanl stories of Cosby's life with some jokes thrown in. My favorite story was reading about his rise and fall to fame and what it took to understand how you have to get over what you think about yourself and just perform and make the people in the audience laugh. Some stories were not as fun or funny but were interesting to read none the less. I did enjoy this boo ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
This was better than his Love and Marriage book. The way the book read, it seemed like he took a tape recording of it and then it was typed up to really capture the way he tells his stories/jokes.
Jul 31, 2014 Annelise rated it liked it
Funny stories you can finish in a 90 minute flight. Perfect for keeping your mind off any turbulence and you'll even be touched by his stories about his grandparents and his marriage.
Kylene Jones
Apr 27, 2015 Kylene Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Love his books.
In this wonderfully funny collection of stand-up material that touches on everything from childhood and marriage to school, sports, and work, Bill Cosby returns to his early days of comedy to give us a look at the funny side of life. Fusing his classic jazzy timing and edgy humor with the intelligence and perception that have made him a huge star, Cosby writes about his first experiences skiing, lying to his mother as a child, and fretting about ingrown hairs in midlife. Fans you
Oct 16, 2014 Karijeank rated it it was ok
I honestly thought that this book was really hard to follow. If it wasn't for that, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more.
Patricia Atkinson
Aug 09, 2014 Patricia Atkinson rated it it was ok
it wasokay but I thought since it was bill cosby it would have been really funny it was even boring in spots.....
Mar 27, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it
Shelves: bill-cosby, comedy, humor
I loved this. It was funny and insightful. I love the chapters about his school years.
Stacy Fetters
Mar 18, 2015 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my lard!
This had me laughing from cover to cover. Bill Cosby knows how to put someone in a good mood.
Aug 27, 2010 Dana rated it liked it
This is a collection of short stories about Bill Cosby's life. A variety of topics are presented with wit and humour. I found 'To Mr. Sapolsky with Love' the funniest as it was really about how karma comes back to bite you in the rear. 'A Gift from God', although funny is very sentimental and the story of Cosby's first skiing trip is another humorous one.

The stories are from Cosby's childhood into adult life, from school to work and leisure. This book was not laugh-out-loud funny for me but had
Feb 13, 2016 Lynda rated it it was ok
Short and quick, but not one of Dr. Cosby's best.
Apr 19, 2008 Maurean rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I love Bill Cosby. Always have. I think he's funny, without being crass, which is a commodity in short supply with many of today's comedians. Cosby has never been (to me) a laugh-out-loud comedian, but more of the smile-cause-ya-know-its-true kinda guy. As I read, I could hear The Cos telling the story, as he tends to write just as he talks. I enjoyed this, thanks for sending it my way!
Jun 05, 2008 Velvet rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Velvet by: Ron Berry
This is a book that teaches young couples, old couples any kind of couple how to fall back in love and stay in love with each other, and he expresses the joys of his own relationship which makes the book more tangible than ever... he really touches some deep areas and with simplicity to iron out the creases.
I love Bill Cosby - but this was not what I expected. I found it in the biography section of my library - and it's not a biography. It's just a collection of semi-humorous essays by Mr. Cosby. It just...didn't tickle my funny bone enough, I guess, and I didn't get what the point of the book was.
Jan 22, 2008 Isman rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Bill Cosby's fans
There are only two essays that have an impact on me: the one about Bill's early comic days. And the one explaining why old folks are pure. Both made me laugh for several seconds and then think for several minutes.

The others, however, are forgettable.
Mar 09, 2009 Hilary rated it it was ok
Bill Cosby's distinctive voice comes through loud and clear in this autobiographical collection of essays and schtick. The little narrator voice in my head was definitely his.

I read this to fulfill the part of the Spring 2009 challenge.
Kevin Rummel
Jan 30, 2012 Kevin Rummel rated it liked it
Good anecdotes and stories. Felt like reading transcript of stand up routine so not as easy to read as typical prose. Also some humor lost without Cosby's classic delivery. Still worth reading, looking forward to reading his second book.
Oct 23, 2007 Brock rated it it was ok
They are entertaining stories, but only if you imagine them being narrated by Cosby himself. Otherwise, they are poorly structured and grammatically terrible, like someone took shorthand of Cosby's standup.
Nov 15, 2013 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
I read this years ago. I remember really enjoying the bit about the ingrown hair, and the bit about eating pork. Not much else really stood out to me, but it was a nice quick read.
Oct 22, 2009 Captain rated it really liked it
There is no one funnier in my book than Bill Cosby. This book has a few hilarious stories, although none I can recall right now, but anything by Cosby is cool in my book.
Feb 10, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The author says this book is kind of a respite in between reading big books -- he's right. If you like Cosby's sense of humor and storytelling, you're apt to like the book.
Ann Amadori
Jan 22, 2009 Ann Amadori rated it it was ok
I have always enjoyed Bill Cosby's humor but as he gets older he gets wordier. Some of these stories were short and enjoyable but the longer ones could have been edited a bit.
Jul 18, 2013 Trudy rated it liked it
I think Bill Cosby is a brilliant comedian, but this book of short stories is not his best work. Some were amusing, others not at all. Third star is just for being Bill Cosby.
Jul 03, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, borrowed
This book was alright. At times it read like an elementary school student wrote it. There were some funny essays and some just plain stupid essays.
It was an easy read.
Feb 09, 2009 Fabio rated it did not like it
It was okay. This is a collection of some of his stand up comedy but it's not funny. It's better watching him present it instead of read it.
Apr 24, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok
Thought this would be a good cheer me up book, but reading Bill Cosby is alot different than listening to or watching him. Didn't really like it.
Sep 07, 2012 Kathy rated it it was ok
I liked this book because it contains several short essays/stories. Some of them didn't have a point or lacked a tidy finish to them.
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American comedian, actor, television producer, activist, and luminary. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a vanguard role in the 1960s action show I Spy.

He later starred in his own series, The Bill Cosby Show, in the late 1960s. He was one of the major characters on the children's television show for its first two seasons, and created the humorous educati
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