Solo performer: Bill Cosby (spoken vocals).
Recorded live at Harrah's, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Liner Note Author: Stan Cornyn.
Recording information: Harrah's, Lake Tahoe, NV.
Like Woody Allen and a number of other comedians who first came to prominence in the late '50s and early '60s, Bill Cosby was a new and different type of comic for the time. Rather than deliver jokes, Cosby spun stories that meandered along for a while, slowly building into hilarious, absurd word pictures that were as funny as anything any traditional standup comic was doing at the time.
Cosby's fifth album, 1967's REVENGE, is important primarily because it introduces one of his longest-lasting and most beloved characters. "Buck Buck" hilariously details the wildly complicated rules of street games in the Philadelphia of Cosby's childhood, but when Fat Albert is introduced, over halfway into the lengthy piece, things really take off.