On Nov. 24, 2013, Comedy Central debuted Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, the performer’s first stand-up comedy TV special in over two decades. Directed by Robert Townsend, the program was culled from material performed at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in Southern California.
On Nov. 24, 2016, the embattled comedian will try yet again to convince himself and perhaps a few others that he is not finished. Beyond a pending criminal trial, Cosby has been reduced to a footnote. He was mentioned briefly in the song above, performed Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live by Bono and Halsey with accompaniment from Herbie Hancock. And in a new book about Joan Rivers, Cosby is removed from the lore of having recommended Rivers to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Improbably, the comedian’s 1984-1992 NBC sitcom is coming back to the TV airwaves Dec. 19, via Atlanta-headquarted cable channel Bounce TV. And in case you missed, in a brief filed in court earlier this month in connection with a defamation matter, Cosby’s attorney Angela Agrusa wrote:
‘When Mr. Cosby is cleared from all liability and charges, and the impact of plaintiffs’ defamatory conduct has subsided, he expects to resume his career, and there is no reason to believe otherwise.’
Hancock also once upon a time composed the soundtrack for the NBC-TV special Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert. That program debuted Nov. 12, 1969.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The 12 Days of Cosby