The 72-year-old who has long drawn laughs for his wisecracks and deadpan observations will receive the nation's foremost humor prize Monday at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Sinbad and other top entertainers will line up to honor him with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
It's a prize Cosby has turned down twice before because he said he was disgusted with profanity and N-words thrown around by performers honoring Richard Pryor, who was the first recipient in 1998.
"I told them flat out no because I will not be used, nor will Mark Twain be used, in that way," he told The Associated Press from his home in New York.
The profanity bugs Cosby. He always kept it clean with the family laughs on "The Cosby Show," portraying a middle-class black family and everyday life, from 1984 to 1992. And he's not impressed with today's comedians who can't help but curse.
AMEN TO THAT!
Now I'm not that old, well older then most here yet nothing, and I mean nothing puts me off more then when a comedian, or any person for that matter utilizes curse words as their primary adverbs and adjectives.
To be frank it shows many things. A desperate need to seem impressive (via a 14 year olds mentality), to seem tough (odd, toughest people I have ever met far exceeding what most think is tough never curse or even yell for that matter), to seem cute/clever/hip whatever.
It is as though those that utilize such words as in most cases they do so to an excessive degree, that they're desperate to tell the world, "I'm an ignoramous who has no class or style, am small in character and vocabulary, most of all am so dim-witted I want to inform the world of it".
As to comedians, I remember how much I liked Eddie Murphy in his movies, then I saw his stand up routine.....What a turn off. Same for many others, as though by being vulgar and crude, they could make up for their lack of talent.........Now I've heard all the excuses, yet to be frank I've heard the same jokes said without hte vulgarities and a touch of class, and they come off 1,000x funier....Heck Rita Ruddner's (sp?) stand up is hilarious, the jokes exactly the same about very depraved sex, violence, on and on....and yet she'll not curse once.
Now don't get me wrong, I've heard folks flip out an F-bomb which you never hear from them at just the right moment, and it's perfect, fits, adds impact and does all that those that use them constantly hope for. The trick being though it's not every other word, or every millionth for that matter.
It stuns me how so many simply do not get it......as those with the most power, control, authority, and confidence in themselves and their abilities never curse.
Again Bill Cosby sets a good example on how to be....Kudo's to him.