Cosby back to his old tricks on Comedy Central

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Bill Cosby, 76, appears on Comedy Central at 8 tonight in his first filmed stand-up special since 1983.

In "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished," he shuffles onstage and settles into a chair and then goes on a tad too long with the meta-observation that he is actually here (in front of an audience in Cerritos, Calif.) taping for TV.

Once he's comfortable, it's a sunset version of his favorite observations on the protracted peace negotiation process that is marriage. What we get for most of the show's 90 minutes is a mostly funny, often charming and occasionally unsettling, account of a man whose diet and whereabouts are under his wife Camille's constant surveillance. He is helpless in her grip but still parries and jabs in what he admiringly calls their swordfights.

At certain points, the material begins to feel exhumed rather than nostalgic; his most vibrant moments are when he talks about being an old guy. Although it's a sentimental treat to see him revisit his beloved shtick, viewers might find themselves wishing he'd tell us more about his todays rather than his yesterdays.


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