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BILL COSBY … FAR FROM FINISHED

For Hicksflicks.com, Nov. 29, 2013

At the beginning of his new stand-up (or rather, sit-down) comedy special, Bill Cosby jokes about being on Comedy Central, more famous for showcasing foul-mouthed comics at the mike. But he assures the audience he won't be swearing or telling dirty stories.

Hey, he's the Cos. What else would we expect?

And given that clean comics are such a rarity these days, Cosby's routines, primarily about marriage and the general relationships between men and women, are truly a breath of fresh air.

Bill Cosby has previously allowed cameras to record his stand-up comedy concerts only twice, both during the 1980s — and one of those has never been on DVD. If you have a DVD of "Bill Cosby: Himself" (1983), you've probably enjoyed it multiple times. If you have a VHS of "Bill Cosby: 49" (1987), hang onto it; who knows if that one will ever be on DVD? But there's been nothing since … until now.

Oh, Cosby has released comedy records/CDs over the years that chronicle most of his classic routines but this new show,  "Bill Cosby … far from finished," is the first video to be released in some 26 years. You can get it on DVD or Blu-ray on the Comedy Central/Paramount Home Video label.

As for the concert, the 76-year-old Cosby is as vibrant as ever, holding court for 90 minutes, telling stories that are completely relatable, especially to married couples, and he's as hilarious as he was in his 20s.

Watching this disc made me wonder why no one has ever culled his TV stand-up appearances for a DVD. He was appearing on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson in the 1960s and more recently, before chatting up David Letterman or Jay Leno, he has often performed a stand-up bit first.

Hey, I'd buy that. For me and everyone I know.