The past month has proven to be an exciting one for comedy fans. In June, Funny or Die announced plans for the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which will bring both Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords back to the touring circuit after several years on hiatus. On July 12, Comedy Central added to the excitement with even more exhilarating news.
It has been more than 30 years since his last comedy special was released, but now the legendary Bill Cosby is ready to return to the airwaves. The upcoming special, titled “Far From Finished,” is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 24 on the comedy-based cable network. The roots of Comedy Central took hold in 1989 (six years after Cosby’s last special) with the launch of The Comedy Channel, and in the past 20+ years, the network has presented specials from dozens of monumental comedians, including Lewis Black, Dave Chappelle, and the late Mitch Hedberg. At 76, Bill Cosby will be one of the oldest stand-up acts to be honored with his own special on the channel.
In addition to his upcoming program, Bill Cosby tour dates are currently scheduled through April 2014. The trek will take Cosby to over 40 cities across the country, including several smaller towns along the way. He’ll also be stopping at major cities like Las Vegas (July 19 and Nov. 29), Minneapolis (Sept. 28), Chicago (Oct. 25), and Boston (Dec. 1).
Aside from Cosby’s current work in the comedy world, the Philadelphia native has stayed active in the news with a revival of interest in “The Cosby Show.” This past week, fans of the 1980s sitcom recently voted on their favorite “Cosby sweater” from the show’s eight-season run. Though an array of outrageous designs were up for top honors in the tournament, the winning garment featured several knitted runners racing on a track. The sweaters worn by his character Bill Huxtable are permanently etched into pop culture consciousness, just as Cosby’s own contributions to comedy can still be felt today.