Bill Cosby 77

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Bill Cosby 77
Bill Cosby 77
Promotional film image from Netflix
Directed by Robert Townsend
Produced by Bill Cosby
Written by Bill Cosby
Starring Bill Cosby
Distributed by Netflix
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bill Cosby 77 is an unreleased 2014 stand-up comedy film featuring Bill Cosby, filmed before a live audience at the San Francisco Jazz Center in California. Cosby chose the venue in honor of his friend Enrico Banducci and his establishment the hungry i. The comedian said his wife Camille Cosby helped with the editing process of the film.

Around sixty minutes in duration, the film features Cosby pontificating on matters of children, romance, and matrimony. The film was named because was taped on Cosby's 77th birthday on July 12, 2014.

Cosby chose Netflix to release the performance because it would be able to be seen by viewers without interruptions for advertisements. On August 14, 2014, Netflix announced that Bill Cosby 77 would be made available to its subscribers on November 28, 2014. Netflix intended for the program to be available from the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

On November 18, 2014, Netflix announced that it would delay the film's release. The announcement by Netflix came a matter of hours after Janice Dickinson publicly added her name to a list of women who alleged that Cosby had sexually assaulted and raped them.

Production

Bill Cosby turned 77 years old on July 12, 2014.[1][2] The same day, Bill Cosby 77 was filmed live in California during his performance at the San Francisco Jazz Center.[3]

In August 2014, in an interview with The Patriot Ledger, Cosby explained why he selected the San Francisco Jazz Center as the venue for the performance: "We taped at the SFJazz Center, because San Francisco was the city that put me on the map."[4]

Cosby stated that he had driven to San Francisco from Philadelphia in 1962 and encountered Enrico Banducci at an establishment called the hungry i.[4] Cosby commented: "The new special is a tribute to the hungry i, which was an amazing two hundred seat venue that you were lucky to play, to Banducci, and to San Francisco. I've always loved that city, because of the great weather and because the people are loose but always well mannered."[4]

Cosby remarked that his wife Camille Cosby helped with editing of the film: "My wife is my editor. Trust is what it is called, but it is really fear. It all goes to that one fundamental truth about marriage: the wife is in charge."[4] The film was directed by Robert Townsend.[5]

Contents

Bill Cosby in 2011

The running time of the film is about 60 minutes.[3][6] The contents of the program include Cosby discussing children, the bonds of matrimony, and romantic associations between individuals.[3][6]

Marketing

Netflix marketed the film with the summary: "Bill Cosby invites you to share his birthday and 77 years of laughs, wisdom and hilarious insights about his childhood, first loves and parenthood."[7] The film was named as a way to honor Bill Cosby in order to recognize his age, and the fact that it was taped on his birthday.[8]

Release

Date set

United Press International reported that Cosby chose Netflix to release the film, because he was enticed by the prospect of his viewers being able to watch the film without interruption for advertisements, and hoped this would provide an enhanced rhythm to the show.[8] On August 14, 2014, Netflix announced that Bill Cosby 77 would be made available to its subscribers on November 28, 2014.[3][8]

Netflix intended for the program to be made available from the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.[9] After its announcement, Cosby posted to Twitter: "I thank @Netflix for this opportunity to show my talent all around the internet."[5]

Indefinite postponement

Netflix made public its decision on November 18, 2014 to delay release of the film.[10][11][12] The announcement by Netflix came a matter of hours after Janice Dickinson publicly added her name to the list women who alleged that Cosby had sexually assaulted and raped them.[13][14][15] Dickinson said the incident occurred in 1982 in Lake Tahoe.[16]

The Washington Post reported that the assertions by multiple women stating Cosby sexually assaulted them contributed to decisions by both Netflix and NBC to cease production or delay projects with Cosby.[17] Dickinson asserted both Cosby and his lawyers had pressured her to remove mention of the incident from her book of 2002, No Lifeguard on Duty;[13] his attorney Martin Singer disputed this account.[14][15]

CNN reported that as of November 20, 2014, Bill Cosby 77 was listed with status of "coming soon".[9] Netflix released a statement to the press which said: "At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special 'Bill Cosby 77.'"[9][11] CNN attempted to get an additional explanation from Netflix but reported on November 20, 2014 that a representative for Netflix refused to provide additional information as to why the film was postponed from release.[9]

Media reported that Cosby was in agreement with the decision by Netflix to delay release of the film.[10][11][18]

In January 2015, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained the company's rationale behind not airing the special in November 2014: "It just felt like the wrong time to have a comedy special from Bill Cosby. It was just an inappropriate time to have a standup comedy from Bill at that time, in the middle of the holidays."[19] Sarandos described the events which led to the decision to postpone the special as "tragic".[20] In July 2015, Sarandos stated Netflix would not release the film.[21]

When questioned at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Sarandos responded: "I don't think it's appropriate to release that."[21][22]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Features: Celebrities born on this day". The Daily News. Batavia, New York. July 11, 2014. p. 8B – via NewsBank.
  2. ^ Nowlin, Rick (July 12, 2014). "On this day". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania. p. A2 – via NewsBank.
  3. ^ a b c d Moore, Frazier (August 14, 2014). "Netflix goes for laughs with stand-up specials". Lincoln Journal Star. Nebraska. Associated Press. p. D2 – via NewsBank.
  4. ^ a b c d Reedy, R. Scott (August 28, 2014). "Ever 'The Coz' – It's a time when Bill Cosby gets to 'do what I want to do'". The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Massachusetts. p. 17 – via NewsBank. Taped on his 77th birthday last month, 'Bill Cosby 77' will feature observations on relationships, marriage and parenting, and it is being edited by someone who has shared all three with the comic. 'My wife is my editor. Trust is what it is called, but it is really fear. It all goes to that one fundamental truth about marriage: the wife is in charge.'
  5. ^ a b Spangler, Todd (August 14, 2014). "Netflix Adds Bill Cosby Stand-Up Special to Comedy Lineup". Variety. Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Chandler, Chip (September 15, 2014). "Exclusive: Bill Cosby weighs in on Ferguson before Amarillo show". Amarillo Globe-News. Texas – via NewsBank.
  7. ^ Netflix. "Bill Cosby 77". iStream guide. uk.istreamguide.com. Archived from the original on November 21, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Linares, Veronica (August 15, 2014). "Bill Cosby to star in Netflix stand-up comedy special". UPI NewsTrack. United Press International, Inc. UPI News Service – via NewsBank.
  9. ^ a b c d McLaughlin, Eliott C. (November 20, 2014). "Bill Cosby facing litany of allegations". CNN Wire – via NewsBank.
  10. ^ a b Rose, Charlie; Don Dahler (November 19, 2014). "Former supermodel Janice Dickinson says Cosby raped her thirty-two years ago". CBS This Morning. CBS – via HighBeam Research.
  11. ^ a b c Couch, Aaron (November 18, 2014). "Netflix Postponing Bill Cosby Special". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "Scandal fallout: NBC nixes sitcom project; Netflix delays release". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Newspapers. November 20, 2014. p. A2 – via NewsBank.
  13. ^ a b Bauder, David; Lynn Elber (November 18, 2014). "Model-TV Host Dickinson Accuses Cosby of Assault". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Associated Press – via HighBeam Research.
  14. ^ a b Carter, Bill (November 20, 2014). "Netflix Postpones Bill Cosby's Comedy Special as He Denies New Claim". The Irish Times. The New York Times – via HighBeam Research.
  15. ^ a b Sedensky, Matt; David Bauder. "Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex". AP Online. Associated Press – via HighBeam Research.
  16. ^ Chow, Emily; Mitch Rubin; Caitlin Moore; Veronica Toney; Chloe Coleman; Anne Farrar (November 22, 2014). "Timeline: Bill Cosby". The Washington Post.
  17. ^ Roig-Franzia, Manuel; Scott Higham; Paul Farhi; Mary Pat Flaherty (November 22, 2014). "Bill Cosby's legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  18. ^ Regan, Helen (November 19, 2014). "Netflix Postpones a Bill Cosby Comedy Special as Fallout Mounts". Time. Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  19. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (January 8, 2015). "Could Bill Cosby's comedy special ever make it to Netflix?". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  20. ^ Rose, Lacey (January 7, 2015). "TCA: Netflix's Chief Talks 'The Interview' Streaming Plans, "Tragic" Cosby Situation". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  21. ^ a b Holloway, Daniel (July 28, 2015). "Netflix Chief Ted Sarandos on Bill Cosby Special: 'I Don't Think it's Appropriate to Release That'". The Wrap. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  22. ^ Baxter, Joseph (July 28, 2015). "What Netflix Is Doing About Bill Cosby's Comedy Special". Cinema Blend. Retrieved July 29, 2015.

Further reading

  • Colker, Lindsay (August 13, 2014). "Netflix announces upcoming stand-up comedy slate – Jim Jefferies: BARE Premieres 8/29 Chelsea Handler's Uganda Be Kidding Me Live Premieres 10/10 Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats Premieres 11/14 Bill Cosby 77 Premieres 11/28 Bill Burr: 'I'm Sorry You Feel That Way' Premieres 12/5". Netflix Media Center. Netflix. Netflix PR. Archived from the original on November 28, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014. In Bill Cosby's latest special, Bill Cosby 77, he brings his singular point of view and comedy to his favorite topics, relationships, marriage and children. Taped at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco on Cosby's 77th birthday and directed by Robert Townsend, the concert will premiere only on Netflix at 12:01 am Pacific on Friday, November 28.

External links

  • Official Bill Cosby website
  • Bill Cosby 77, official website at Netflix
  • Bill Cosby 77 on IMDb
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