Bill Cosby 8:15 12:15 is a two-album set recorded at Lake Tahoe, half recorded at the 8:15 show, the other half recorded at the 12:15 show, both on the same evening. Cosby tailors the show to the crowd. With children at the first one, there's less adult material and more interaction with the audience -- it must have been more compelling if you were there, but it makes for pretty uninteresting listening for the most part. He does get into a bit of talk about sports, and some thoughts about the nature of God, but there's some duplication between the two shows. The duplication isn't quite as distressing as Cosby's little bout of homophobia and some wife-punching jokes on side four...sure sure, it was a different time, but it's disappointing to hear anyhow. Between the unfocused yap with the crowd at the beginning and the amount of repetition of material here, there's almost one good album's worth of material here. Almost.
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AllMusic Review by Sean Carruthers