On Tuesday night’s “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart interviewed Bill Cosby, who is releasing his first stand-up special in 30 years, “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished.”
However, Stewart didn't seem prepared for 76 year old's good-natured lecture on profanity (video below).
Apparently, Stewart used profanity during his stand-up routine at a benefit that both men appeared at.
"You were out there and used some words," said Cosby. "And I said to myself, 'Oh my.' And the people were laughing so hard because you were swearing and cursing."
“What you have you to understand, Jonathan, from whenst I cometh, when people cursed, the next thing that was gonna happen was somebody was gonna hit you,” added Cosby. “See, now there’s a whole new culture. People curse and they laugh. But for me, when you were cursing, I started crying.”
In response, Stewart stated, “It wasn’t cursing, it was Yiddish.”
Stewart later asked Cosby about working with Richard Pryor, "Surely, he used Yiddish on stage."
“No,” said Cosby, who recalled how Lenny Bruce was arrested for using profanity during his act in the 1960s.
"You could not use profanity," recalled Cosby. "Stupid people would pay, knowing Lenny was going to curse and they would get up and leave."
According to MentalFloss.com, Bruce was arrested four times for profanity, including using the word “schmuck.”
Two of his four arrests happened in New York City, but New York Governor George Pataki posthumously pardoned Bruce in 2003.
While Pryor had a mainstream comedy act in the 1960s, he used profanity when changing to a more edgier act in the 1970s.