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The Pitchman Cometh

When we look back on ’60s comedy, we think foremost of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, stand-ups who did yeoman’s work railing against the venality of the establishment (roughly: moneyed white men). More quietly, Bill Cosby actually reached the targets of those comics’ scorn, and made them his audience. Once...
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When we look back on ’60s comedy, we think foremost of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, stand-ups who did yeoman’s work railing against the venality of the establishment (roughly: moneyed white men). More quietly, Bill Cosby actually reached the targets of those comics’ scorn, and made them his audience. Once asked about the lack of racial content in his act (the sort of question, incidentally, that rarely falls to a white comic who doesn’t discuss race), he replied that by leaving out the topic he was doing as much for race relations as anyone. He continued that pop subversion with The Cosby Show in the ’80s and by pitching Jell-O, Coke, and Kodak to America’s moms. You like that a black man can be elected president? Thank the Cos. He’ll hold forth at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) for $15 to $100 a ticket. Get information or buy tickets at kravis.org, or call the box office at 561-832-7469.
Thu., April 1, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2010
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