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Bill Cosby Punch Smothers Tommy Smothers (Family TV Icon Decks Folk Singer over Civil Rights Slur)
New York Post ^ | April 20, 2003 | Richard Johnson

Posted on 04/21/2003 10:37:43 AM PDT by ewing

Bill Cosby wasn't always the affable family man that he plays on television.

Angered by taunts that he didn't do enough in the civil rights struggle, Cosby once sucker punched Tommy Smothers according to Gerald Nachmans new book.

Smothers recalls Cosby told him, 'Maybe I will give you a knock upside the head one of these days. I said, 'Yeah, go ahead and give it a try.'

A few weeks later Cosby made good on his threat when the two ran into each other at one of Hugh Hefners Playboy Mansion parties.

'I should have never turned my back on him,' Smothers said. 'He didn't have the b*lls to do it when I was looking.'

'He slipped behind Hugh Hefner and sucker punched me. He hit me right in the head with his fist.'

Smothers went down, the book reports, at which point Cosby began shouting 'Come onm I will kick your *ss!.'

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Cosby was also sleeping with his mistress all that same time he was going to the Plabyoy parties (go figure)..what is this -goofy celebrity boxing day?
1 posted on 04/21/2003 10:37:44 AM PDT by ewing
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To: mhking
hold muh beer and watch two old has been stars fight!
2 posted on 04/21/2003 10:41:05 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
< voice of homer simpson > Mmmmmmmm, playboy mansion < /voice of homer simpson >

I got to school with a girl who used to work there, and I keep working on her to get me in - for scientific purposes, only, of course . . .

3 posted on 04/21/2003 10:42:18 AM PDT by realpatriot71 (legalize freedom!)
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To: ewing
Smothers went down, the book reports, at which point Cosby began shouting 'Come onm I will kick your *ss!.'

That's just the pudding pops talking.

4 posted on 04/21/2003 10:44:43 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: ewing
I've always really liked Bill Cosby and now that I've found out that he cold cocked one of the Smothers Brothers, I like him even more. Wish they had that on film cause I've wanted to deck either one of those self-important leftist pr***s since, oh, around 1968.
5 posted on 04/21/2003 10:48:19 AM PDT by katana
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To: ewing
I loved Bill Cosby back in his hard-core, pimping days.

Especially in that movie with him and Sidney Poitier.

6 posted on 04/21/2003 10:50:48 AM PDT by BlkConserv
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To: ewing
Where's the part about Smothers needing 6 Playmates to keep him off of Belafonte? :)
7 posted on 04/21/2003 10:51:10 AM PDT by Search4Truth (Proned to wandering off topic)
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To: Search4Truth
LOL, Belafonta. I meant Cosby.
8 posted on 04/21/2003 10:52:22 AM PDT by Search4Truth (Proned to wandering off topic)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
LOL

Oh that Sugar

9 posted on 04/21/2003 10:52:35 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Semper Gumby - Always flexible)
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To: BlkConserv
There were two: Uptown Saturday Night & Let's Do It Again.

Yeah, I remember when Cosby was baaaad.

10 posted on 04/21/2003 10:54:37 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: ewing
Tommy Smothers, he's on a great career track.

And Bill Cosby...he should have worried more about parenting and being a husband and father and less about Playboy parties.

11 posted on 04/21/2003 10:57:40 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: ewing
The thought of a washed up punk like Tommy Smothers, who thinks the 60's era dialectic is cutting edge, getting coldcocked is mighty appealing.

I'm just sorry a wacko like Cosby got to be the one to do the smackin.

12 posted on 04/21/2003 11:00:22 AM PDT by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: skeeter
Bump for later reading.
13 posted on 04/21/2003 11:03:23 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
That's just the pudding pops talking.

LOL!

14 posted on 04/21/2003 11:03:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Mr. Avuncular)
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To: ewing
Eat my pudding pops Biatch....
15 posted on 04/21/2003 11:08:03 AM PDT by Blue Scourge (If a man hasn't found something he is willing to die for, he is not fit to live. - MLKjr.)
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To: ewing
Apparently it was a vat of chocolate for da puddin' pops.
16 posted on 04/21/2003 11:11:28 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: 1Old Pro
he should have worried more about parenting and being a husband and father and less about Playboy parties.

This would have been (unless I'm miscounting) before his marriage....

17 posted on 04/21/2003 11:29:03 AM PDT by mhking
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To: ewing
Wow, I wonder if I'm the only person here who likes the Smothers. Some of their old routines were howlingly funny.

"The reason you got the story wrong is because there are no pumas in America."
* long pause *
(meekly) "...well...we accept everyone in America."

18 posted on 04/21/2003 11:29:18 AM PDT by pupdog
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19 posted on 04/21/2003 11:31:41 AM PDT by mhking
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To: ewing
Cosby's wife hates white people.
20 posted on 04/21/2003 11:36:57 AM PDT by garyhope
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To: pupdog
"The reason you got the story wrong is because there are no pumas in America."

IIRC, the pyuma was in a cravass?

FMCDH

21 posted on 04/21/2003 11:37:18 AM PDT by nothingnew
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To: katana
I've never liked Bill Cosby. Like his work but not the man. Saw interviews with him and he came across as an A$$.
22 posted on 04/21/2003 11:40:46 AM PDT by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: ewing
Have you seen what Dick Smothers Junior is up to these days?
23 posted on 04/21/2003 11:41:10 AM PDT by IncPen
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To: ewing
Bill Cosby sounds like he needs some Anger Management. I know just the Anger Management therapist who can help. A guy named Buddy. Hee! Hee!
24 posted on 04/21/2003 11:41:48 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Person With No Sense Of Humor Is Someone Who Confuses The Irreverent With The Irrelevant)
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To: katana; mhking; Trueblackman
Cosby is an unrepentant racist. So's his wife Camille.

Do a search on an op-ed she wrote not too long after their son Ennis Cosby was murdered by some creep in Calif.

25 posted on 04/21/2003 11:48:53 AM PDT by sauropod (Beware the Nazgul. Beware the Uruk-Hai...)
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To: pupdog
HAHA! I remember that!
26 posted on 04/21/2003 11:52:30 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: ewing
That can't be recent, huh? Must have been when these two were sowing their wild oats in their young days, right?
27 posted on 04/21/2003 11:56:04 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: garyhope
Cosby's wife hates white people.

That's Dr. Cosby to you.

yitbos

28 posted on 04/21/2003 11:57:51 AM PDT by bruinbirdman (Veritas Vos Liberabit)
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To: ewing
I worked with Cosby a couple of times. Here's a little story. When I was in my early 20's, I was standing on the set near him and Harry Belafonte. Cosby leaned over to Belafonte, and looking me right in the eye, said out loud, and clearly for my benefit, "I don't like white women. They're so, so ANEMIC!" Then they laughed together in my direction.

Jeremiah 8:11
They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
"Peace, peace," they say,
when there is no peace.



29 posted on 04/21/2003 12:05:54 PM PDT by Coyote (the opposite of RIGHT is NOT left....it's WRONG!)
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To: garyhope
"Cosby's wife hates white people."

Does that give us the right to hate her back?

Or would it STILL be a hate crime?!
30 posted on 04/21/2003 12:06:31 PM PDT by ricpic
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To: ewing
Our local PBS station airs a folk concert during their pledge times. It features the Smothers Bros, Judy Collins, and a host of other lefty-folksie-balding-guitar strummers. The New Christie Minstrels made my wife and I cringe. It was sad to watch them and their audience continue to deny reality that their whimsical, Democrat give-peace-a-chance optimism doesn't work and never will, short of Jesus setting foot on earth and setting things right.

That said, in thirty years, maybe we'll see Tupac, Eminem, and a sagging Lil Kim and Pink doing a concert to raise money for PBS: "Rap Reunion: The stars do their biggest hits." And in the audience will be all these paunchy, vapid rap fans, mouthing the words as their stars spew their venom. And the rest of us normal people will wonder why they were so popular.

31 posted on 04/21/2003 12:15:20 PM PDT by Othniel (Elen sila lumennen olmentilmo.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"Yeah, I remember when Cosby was baaaad."

Was that under the 59th Street Bridge?
32 posted on 04/21/2003 12:17:37 PM PDT by OldEagle (Haven't been wrong since 1947.)
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To: BlkConserv
and Jimmy (aka JJ aka Kid Dynomite aka Bootney Farnsworth) Walker
33 posted on 04/21/2003 12:25:12 PM PDT by job (Dinsdale?Dinsdale?)
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To: IncPen
"Have you seen what Dick Smothers Junior is up to these days? "

Is this for real? I had no idea! Just hilarious!
34 posted on 04/21/2003 12:27:02 PM PDT by Buck W.
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To: nothingnew
IIRC, the pyuma was in a cravass?

"Take the pumas out of your story."
"You kidding? I'm not going down in them cravasses!"

35 posted on 04/21/2003 12:28:26 PM PDT by pupdog
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"There were two: Uptown Saturday Night & Let's Do It Again."

Let me mention a third film Cosby and Poitier made together: "A Piece of the Action".

I don't know what fellow FReepers think, but there is something funny about fighting in the Playboy Mansion over civil rights.
36 posted on 04/21/2003 12:28:41 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: pupdog
You're not the only one who liked the Smothers Bros. I did, as did many people I know/knew. For the record, I have NEVER been able to tolerate Cosby. The man is NOT funny and never was.
37 posted on 04/21/2003 12:33:47 PM PDT by CarmelValleyite
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To: garyhope
Re "white people" -- News flash: so does Cosby!
38 posted on 04/21/2003 12:34:29 PM PDT by CarmelValleyite
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To: Othniel
Having sat through that concert, you need to put the experience to good use by seeing Christopher Guest's new movie, "A Mighty Wind." I think it was inspired by that very show. I was rolling on the floor watching all those pompous, leftist folkies doing those horrible songs, especially their big finale, when they sang together, "Oh, a mighty wind is blowin'! It's blowin' everywhere!" Then in the second verse, they sang about "lighting up a flare, to ignite the mighty wind that's blowin' everywhere!" I was laughing so hard, tears were flowing, as I thought, "Are they singing about what I think they're singing about? If so, it's the most perfect metaphor for the gaseous '60s folk scare I've ever heard."

There's also a hilarious scene where the Folksmen (Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer) are told to "stretch," so they decide to do a slow, boring song about the Spanish Civil War, but before they do, Shearer has to pompously lecture the audience to make sure they're properly informed about the Spanish Civil War, and after sucking all the air out of the room for God knows how long, they don't have time to do the song.

39 posted on 04/21/2003 12:40:53 PM PDT by HHFi
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To: Buck W.
Yes, it's real.

I heard him on Howard Stern, but that's just between you and me...

40 posted on 04/21/2003 12:50:50 PM PDT by IncPen
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To: garyhope
Cosby's wife hates white people.

That's an unfair generalization. She likes Castro just fine.
41 posted on 04/21/2003 12:58:50 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: garyhope
Urban legend has it that Cosby was a silent contributor to O. J. Simpson's defense costs.
42 posted on 04/21/2003 1:04:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: skeeter
I had a chance meeting with Tommy Smothers once. He was waiting to receive a "Parent of the Year" (or some such similar) award in downtown L.A.

I was looking at a display table which included the awards when he walked up next to me and started glancing over the display.

We spoke briefly. He was cordial.

43 posted on 04/21/2003 1:07:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: IncPen
Well, I guess you have to start somewhere in the business..
44 posted on 04/21/2003 1:09:54 PM PDT by ewing
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To: HHFi
I was waiting until 'A Mighty Wind' comes to our town..they reviews said amost the whole thing is improv, like Spinal Tap or Guffman
45 posted on 04/21/2003 1:11:37 PM PDT by ewing
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To: Othniel
Save for Tupac, that would indeed be a funny sight! I myself CANNOT imagine any of these people being around in another thirty years!

As for Cosby, I have always admired his work, but not his politics-the same goes for the Smothers Brothers.

-Regards, T.
46 posted on 04/21/2003 1:31:28 PM PDT by T Lady (.Freed From the Dimocratic Shackles since 1992)
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To: BenLurkin
He may be a great guy personally. I just get tired of his smart-ass 60s rebel shtick.
47 posted on 04/21/2003 1:40:09 PM PDT by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: ewing
I am not surprised he smacked him. To me Cosby has always been a class act who never used his color to achieve success or gain attention. People see hem a good comedian and nice all around guy. He has always been popular with kids and not in a Michael Jackson kind of way. They do not view him through the same black lens they do some other actors precisely because he has never made much of an issue out of it.

The same is true of James Earl Jones both are "Americans" no hyphen needed. I am sure this irritates liberals who would like to exploit their popularity for their own causes.

48 posted on 04/21/2003 2:08:28 PM PDT by usurper
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To: ewing
Somewhere in there is a jello joke; but I'm too lazy to find it.
49 posted on 04/21/2003 2:11:55 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: farmfriend
I dunno, I rather liked his "Are you dead?" commencement address at Howard University a few years back.
He asked some of the right questions.
50 posted on 04/21/2003 2:35:35 PM PDT by demosthenes the elder (If *I* can afford $5/month to support FR: SO CAN YOU)
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