A Redd Foxx
adult comedy album, sure, but Bill Cosby
? That's right. For Adults Only
isn't at all a record of foul-mouthed comedy, darn it! It is "for adults only" because it is about parenting, which the comedian believes is a job only done by, and only of interest to, adults. Isn't that so typically Bill Cosby
? These live performances date from the early '70s, and the audience is, of course, the Las Vegas crowd. It was well before the rhythms of a television situation comedy took over the workings of this man's inner mind, so what you hear is still the bristling energy of a stand-up comic who had already mastered the question of timing as well as the medium of the phonograph record as a mode of communication with legions of fans. By sticking just to family humor, and once again, it is the subject being described and not the language, the comedian limits his subject matter to the point of narrowing the possible audience. It is also an area in which listeners may agree with what he is saying while at the same time lamenting that it is a subject that makes this comedian go a bit soft and sappy, resulting in less than his funniest material.