The Humor and Zeal of Bill Cosby and Jeff Foxworthy Essay

1355 Words Jul 31st, 2015 6 Pages
”Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it” (Cosby, Brainy Quote). Not many who knew Bill Cosby and Jeff Foxworthy as children, would have guessed the serious and passionate significance beneath their witty exteriors. Life events form the patterns of one’s thought process and these enthusiastic comedians have a hands-on quest to create an unrestricted social order for all humanity. Bill Cosby was a poor African American child, shining shoes to help support his family, seemed destined to continue a struggle for survival. Equally, young Jeff Foxworthy seemed the privileged and confident Christian assured a …show more content…
Having a childhood that would appear to provide an easy path, Jeff Foxworthy credits his success to his Christian faith. Thus began their trademark styles of humor.
Finding confidence and opportunity to use their inherent comedic ability took the potential stars down different roads, with more detours for Bill Cosby. He received a scholarship for gifted students to Central High School but he was more interested in sports so fell behind. He then had to go to Germantown High School where he failed tenth grade and dropped out. Bill Cosby finally earned his High School diploma through a correspondence course. While in the Navy, the muscular and agile Bill Cosby won an athletic scholarship to Temple University and when assigned to Bethesda Naval Hospital, with a joke and grin, Bill Cosby attended the wounded and helped them forget their pain. This military stint yielded his athletic scholarship to Temple University and he worked as a bartender also performing warm up acts for a cousin's radio show in New York City. This is the point he acknowledged a gift for stand-up (A+E Networks, 2013). In his erratic quest for an education, Bill Cosby dropped out of Temple University; however, he later earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1967. Conversely, slightly built Jeff Foxworthy aspired to be an athlete but spent most of his time in an emergency room. He followed the traditional path of high school,

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