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Cameron Esposito on Taboo Joke Topics: "The Best Defense Against Criticism Is a Better Joke"

"IN THE END: Tell the jokes you want to tell. But know that feedback isn’t censorship or persecution, especially when it comes from a group more affected by the topic of your joke. The best defense against criticism is a better joke."

- Cameron Esposito explains how to joke about Bill Cosby and other taboo standup topics in her latest column for The A.V. Club.

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.

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Mike Sikowitz and Mike O'Malley Are Co-Creating NBC's Upcoming Bill Cosby Comedy

It's been a while since there were any updates on the in-the-works Bill Cosby NBC show, but at TCA over the weekend, the network announced that the multi-cam project will be co-created by Mike Sikowitz (CBS's The McCarthys) and Mike O'Malley (Showtime's Shameless), who is also being considered to play a lead role in the show. As for the plot, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said that Cosby "plays the patriarch of the family, dispensing his classic wisdom on relationships and parenthood, with three daughters, husbands and grandchildren. It's a classic big extended family sitcom." NBC is hoping to launch the show in summer or fall 2015.

SXSW Announces Comedy Lineup: Bill Cosby, Good Neighbor, and More

Austin-based giant arts festival South by Southwest (SXSW) just announced the comedy portion of its 2014 lineup. Here's a rundown of what the festival will feature:

  • An evening with Bill Cosby, presented by Funny Or Die
  • Above Average, Lorne Michaels's company Broadway Video's YouTube channel, holding a showcase of past and present SNL performers that features performances by Fred Armisen, Good Neighbor (Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary), standup from Sasheer Zamata, Chris Gethard, and host Tim Robinson
  • A live installment of The Chris Gethard Show
  • James Adomian's character show Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura
  • Showcases from local standup juggernauts The Meltdown with [...]

11 Uniquely Brilliant Standup Specials of 2013

As with most years, 2013 saw an overwhelming amount of excellent standup, far too much to ever catalogue. But the greatest specials of the year were unique and inventive; many played with the very idea of a special itself, while others featured profoundly personal stories spun into brilliant standup. What they share is their distinctness — each of these comics has made a special that captures their own undeniable form of genius. Here are the most distinctive, memorable standup specials of 2013.

'SNL' Review: A Step Back with Cameron Diaz

Well, that didn't last long.

Just one week after seemingly proclaiming its transitional era to be over, SNL reaffirmed viewers' perennial skepticism with an episode that made Woody Harrelson's excellent outing look like that much more of a fluke. Cameron Diaz's hosting gig wasn't quite the disaster the show is capable of, but it exhibited all the symptoms of a bland episode that no one will remember by the end of the season: a game-for-anything host that the writers didn't know what to do with (despite this being her fourth time), a dependence on watered-down recurring bits that the actors seem to love more than audiences do, and a general miscalculation by producers on [...]

How Bill Cosby Helped Launch Joan Rivers' Comedy Career

By the time she died, Joan Rivers had such an engraved image as an outrageous, foul-mouthed comedian that it’s hard to believe that she started out intending to be a dramatic stage actress. In the late fifties, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College with a degree in English lit and anthropology, she even played the then-daring part of lesbian in a play called “Driftwood” that had a six-week run in a 40-seat attic theater on West 49th Street. (Her lover was another still undiscovered young actress by the name of Barbra Streisand.) By the early sixties, however, Rivers wasn’t getting much theater work, so she accepted an offer [...]

Watch Bill Cosby Do Standup on 'Arsenio'

The great Bill Cosby was a guest on last night's Arsenio, where he delivered the above standup set about fathers, being poor, broken chairs, and more. Click through to watch four clips from Arsenio's interview with Cosby.

Bill Cosby Is Starring in a New Family Sitcom for NBC

Bill Cosby is coming back to television and to the network that aired his most popular show. THR reports that Cosby has signed on to star in a new family sitcom for NBC. The untitled series will focus on Cosby as the head of a multigenerational family, exploring Cosby's views on marriage and parenting. Cosby has teamed with Tom Werner, who produced The Cosby Show with him for the network, to work on the project, and they're currently searching for writers for it.

Back in November, Cosby told Yahoo! TV that he was working on a family sitcom that "would [satisfy] the people who have come to [...]

Bill Cosby Chastised Jon Stewart for Swearing In His Standup

Bill Cosby has been working hard to promote his new standup special on the late night circuit, and each appearance is more brilliant than the last. He dropped by The Daily Show last night, and while Jon wouldn't let him wander into the audience again, he managed to get in some nice physical humor with the show's swivel chair, as well as chastise Jon for his sweary language and tell some good stories about Lenny Bruce. Check out the rest of the interview below – it's well worth it.

Bill Cosby Loses Netflix Standup Special and NBC Sitcom Amid Multiple Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby has been at the center of an increasing number of rape and sexual assault allegations over the past few weeks (you can find detailed timelines here and here), and the story keeps getting uglier. While these claims are far from breaking news — some go back to a 2006 lawsuit involving 14 women (13 anonymously agreed to testify, but the case settled out of court) — more women have come forward since a Hannibal Buress joke calling Cosby a rapist went viral last month and Barbara Bowman, one of the anonymous women from the 2006 case, wrote an article for The Washington Post [...]

Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for Standup Specials from Bill Cosby, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, and Chelsea Handler

Netflix is embarking on a big push into standup specials. The streaming network recently announced premiere dates for five new standup specials from Bills Burr and Cosby, Chelseas Handler and Peretti (Handler's special was previously announced), and Aussie comic Jim Jefferies spanning from August 29th through December 5th. "“Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti are some of the funniest comedians of our time who will have our viewers in stitches," said Netflix exec Lisa Nishimura along with the announcement”. "We are thrilled to bring this diverse slate of talent and their unique, multi-faceted and hilarious points of view exclusively to our members [...]

Watch Bill Cosby Walk a Tightrope with Jimmy Fallon on His Back

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show of guest Bill Cosby walking a tightrope after Jimmy Fallon jumps on him piggyback-style for the ride, because why not? Click through to watch Cosby get more and more irritated when Fallon can't help but bring out his Cosby impression.

Watch Bill Cosby on Last Night's 'Letterman'

Bill Cosby was a guest on last night's Late Show, and the comedy legend told the above story about going to see earlier comedy legend Jack Benny perform. Click through to watch the second part of Cosby's interview with Dave as well as his five-minute standup set.