It's been a tough few months for the well-intentioned, socially conscious Bill Cosby fans in our lives and what better way to bring them holiday cheer than with some "Sorry to Hear That Your Comedy Idol Is an Alleged Serial Rapist" gifts of good will?
Turning your back on Bill Cosby does not mean turning your back on The Cosby Show's Clair Huxtable. Let your friend show their love and support with a t-shirt featuring Clair and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Aunt Viv by UK company Apartment 349.
Vivian & Clair t-shirt, £20.00 at Apartment 349.
There are plenty of comedians out there who are both highly likely to make your friend laugh and highly unlikely to disappoint them on a moral level. This holiday season, I recommend gifting the albums of the tremendously funny Tig Notaro, W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu.
If your friend is more a fan of old school comedy, why not give them the best of the best? Richard Prior's 1982 Live on the Sunset Strip captures one of the greatest standup sets of all time, performed by one of the greatest standup comedians of all time.
Richard Pryor Here and Now / Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, $9.27 at Amazon.
Help your friend hole up for winter with these great comedy series box sets: Snuffbox, written by and starring The Mighty Boosh's Rich Fulcher and Matt Berry, is a great fit for fans of dark, British humor, season one of Broad City is a fucking delight and Upright Citizens Brigade (led, in part, by Amy Poehler) is a sketch show classic.
Donate to a comedy podcast in your friend's name! For $100, you can sponsor an entire day in the studio at Earwolf (the podcast network that hosts Comedy Bang Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, Yo, Is This Racist? and more) and be thanked by name (or in the name of your friend) on air.
Sponsor a day at Earwolf, $100 at Earwolf.com.
If your friend is more into TV and TV nostalgia than they are into comedy, we have gifts for that, too. This paper model of the Golden Girls house by Etsy artist EverydayMiniatures will make them feel like they're living in the tiny version of Golden Place.
DIY Golden Girls House Papercraft, $11.95 on Etsy.
Is your friend crafty? Koos van den Akker, the designer behind the most iconic Cosby sweaters, sells knitwear patterns that are bound to challenge and excite even the most expert knitters.
Koos van den Akker pattern, $4.79 through Vogue Patterns.
The fallout of a hero can be a jagged pill to swallow. Help it go down (or rub it in) with some Jell-O pudding cups, found at your local grocery store.
Art by Sam Woolley.