Comedian Bill Cosby brings down the house to an audience in Ontario, Canada in a two-hour show where he pontificates on several subjects, such as drugs, drunkeness, and the follies of dentists, before launching into his primary subject matter, the hilariously pernicious antics of his family, from childbirth to college football to enduring a noisy four-year-old on a transcontinental flight to his son's bizarre hairdos to his wife's marginally restrained reaction to a childrens' squabble over the right to shower to his own father's nicknames to himself and his brother Russell.
Did You Know?
A few times in his act, he speaks of the possibility of his son, who was eleven at the time, not living much longer. These were jokes regarding things like his own sisters killing him for not putting the seat down, or his wife making him kill him because of his bad hairdo. However, these were sadly prophetic as his son, Ennis Cosby, would be murdered 16 years later in Los Angeles in a botched robbery. See more
It was because of my father that from the ages of seven to fifteen, I thought that my name was Jesus Christ and my brother, Russell, thought that his name was Dammit. "Dammit, will you stop all that noise?" And, "Jesus Christ, sit down!" One day, I'm out playing in the rain, and my father yelled, "Dammit will you get back in here!" I said, "Dad, I'm Jesus Christ!"
The opening credits show photos of his children. Initially done in silence, later releases of the movie included a song in the background; for VHS recordings was a song called "It Was a Good Idea at the Time", while DVD releases had a song sung by Cosby himself called "Just the Slew of Us" See more
Some video versions of the movie begin and end with the song "It Was a Good Idea At the Time." The version generally shown on television does not. Other prints of the film, such as the one that is on the DVD, begin and end with Bill Cosby
singing "Just the Slew of Us," a parody of Grover Washington Jr.
's "Just the Two of us." See more
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Written by Bill Cosby
[theatrical and VHS releases only] See more