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Bill Cosby talks about race, Obama and returning to comedy after his son's death



Comedy and TV legend Bill Cosby is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for two shows this Saturday, and Eric Deggans talked with Cosby for an hour to preview the show. In a wide-ranging hourlong interview, they discuss race in politics, the politics of race, profanity in the arts and the moment 13 years ago when Cosby returned to the stage after the murder of his 27-year-old son, Ennis:

Ask about that moment today, and, in his trademark raspy voice, the iconic comedian goes on for a full 15 minutes about his relationship to dying. He even reaches back to the sudden death of his 5-year-old brother, James, in the mid 1940s.

Eventually, after admitting he never looked at his son's body in the casket, Cosby explained how he decided it was time to get back on stage.

"We're going down the street in New York and a car with a black family pulls up and they see it's Bill Cosby," he said. "And for a split second, man, their faces lit up. And then they remembered (Ennis) and their faces dropped … And I said 'No, no … this has got to stop.' "

Bill Cosby performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $43, $50 and $63. Click here for details.

And click here to read the rest of Eric's interview with Bill Cosby.

Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:18pm]


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