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Bill Cosby 'Far From Finished'

Comedy Central schedules Bill Cosby's first televised concert special in 30 years.

Bill Cosby 'Far From Finished'

Bill Cosby will be back on TV this fall, if only for one night.

Comedy Central announced Friday -- on the Philly-born comedian's 76th birthday -- that it would air Cosby's first televised concert special in 30 years, "Far From Finished," on Nov. 24.

Directed by Robert Townsend, the special will be made up of material  the star of "The Cosby Show" performed recently at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center.

Cosby himself directed his 1983 concert film, titled, appropriately, "Bill Cosby, Himself." (You couldn't exactly call it a standup actl, since Cosby performed most of his act seated on a chair in the middle of the stage.) Much of the special involved his observations on his life as a family man. The following year, "The Cosby Show," a sitcom loosely based on the comedian's own family life, premiered on NBC, where it did so well that it's generally credited with reviving both the format and the network.

Some of his other TV credits include "I Spy" (where he broke ground as an African-American starring in a weekly drama and won three Emmys); "The Cosby Mysteries," "Cosby" and, of course, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids."

So why another comedy special now?

"Because...funny is funny," Cosby told Comedy Central.

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