Bill Cosby At 76: His New Comedy Sitcom And The Human Spirit

Bill Cosby and Tom Werner, a Cosby Show producer, are teaming up for a new prime time TV comedy which is due to air later this month. Cosby said about the family comedy that he had produced it in order to satisfy all the members of the public who approached him, asking: “Can’t you put something on that I can watch?'”

Bill Cosby said that the new show will similar to The Cosby Show in that it will be based around a family dynamic, but the kids in it will be older than they were in The Cosby Show.

He spoke about the new comedy:

I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network. Because there is a viewership out there that wants to see comedy, and warmth, and love, and surprise, and cleverness, without going into the party attitude.

Cosby also spoke to Parade Magazine about the new show as well a whole host of other, more personal subjects. He spoke about when he was a young lad in the Navy and what he learned then about the “human spirit”:

I was in the Navy. I was 19 and a half years old, and I was working as a physical therapist in Bethesda, Maryland, and the now-leveled Philadelphia Naval Hospital. I had a patient whose plane had crashed. He’d lost an arm, an eye, and half of the hair on his head. I had two fellows who were riding motorbikes and a car took both their right legs off. I had a patient who’d been attacked by a mentally ill person who hit him in the head with a hatchet.

Bill Cosby wen to on to speak about the valuable lesson he learned from that experience:

But the human spirit is there. It’s there after a trauma. There is something that kicks in, and it’s got to be God-given because it says, ‘Okay, now, let’s get up. Let’s see what this is about.’ They come down to see the physical therapist, and we begin to work. And while we’re working, we talk. You’d be surprised at the ‘sick jokes’ that we laughed at. You look at life in a positive way, and you work at it. It was just wonderful to watch and I am very, very thankful for [the experience].

Are you excited about the new Bill Cosby comedy about to hit prime time TV? Do you think it can or will match up to the comedy genius of The Cosby Show? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments feed below.