He's an entertainment legend who's kept America laughing for decades. In his new book, "I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I was)," Bill Cosby shares his humorous life experiences and insightful observations relate-able to audiences young and old.
"I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I was)" is a collection of warm-hearted anecdotes, personal stories, and quirky observations. It's also has great visuals, which include illustrations by famous New Yorker cartoonist George Booth.
In the book, Cosby touches on stories from his adolescent years, his observations on the missing pages in the Bible and what Adam and Eve likely said to each other on those pages, as well as humorous episodes with his children and grandchildren.
At 74 years old, the actor-comedian-producer is still skilled at his craft and is keeping up with the times and embracing technology. His book includes bar codes (QR codes) after each chapter, and if you use your smartphone or tablet with a camera and scan them, you'll get more Cosby -- a 15-second video of him adding more to the chapter and also extra cartoon drawings by Booth.
What made him want to add bar codes to his book? "To sell the book," Cosby joked. "Today, we are moving quickly. And we have to pay attention to things that will give access to draw people in so that it's easier for a person with a smart phone to sit at home. And then on billcosby.com, you cue in and, 'boop,' on your picture screen, you can get all of George Booth's pictures of what he has drawn, and he is a genius."
While there's a entire chapter devoted to his love, Bernadette Johnson, Cosby points out that she wasn't his first love, but there were many others.
"Was there anyone you didn't love?" "Early Show" co-anchor Chris Wragge joked.
Reminiscing on his childhood, he recalled that a young, girl-crazy Cosby learned some lessons along the way.
"At age 12, I went to the elementary school that I'm attending and I'm in sixth grade and I went around to every girl in the schoolyard and apologized to each and every one for my previous behavior," Cosby said.
In the book, Cosby paints the picture of a school dance where boys and girls are on separate sides of the gymnasium waiting for something to happen.
"I thought that that might be a little ... because I'm 74 years old. I thought 60 years ago, maybe some people wouldn't be able to identify with that," he said. "But people do!"
"I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I was)" is in book stores now.