Why was the audience laughing during Bill Cosby's stand-up routine about Spanish Fly?
Recently I watched a YouTube video in which Bill Cosby does a stand-up routine about Spanish Fly. The audience is laughing along and I don't know why. Is it because they really don't know what Spanish Fly is? Were the times so different then that drugging women before sex was considered okay? It really bothered me that the audience was laughing about drugging women and having sex with them. What's the deal?
I haven't seen that particular routine. However, whenever I listen to a comedian, I assume that anything they say isn't meant to be truthful. Most of the time what they say is meant to be absurd, surprising, and shocking in such a way as to lead your train of thought in a particular direction and then send it off somewhere unexpected at the last moment. That final twist is what makes it funny.
In this case, the unfortunate final twist that only came to light many years later is that he may have been speaking from experience rather than from his imagination.