Â Â Â Â Bill Cosby delivers humor and laughs at the CCPA
Award-winning comedian Bill Cosby brings his humor and light-hearted insights about the media, ordinary people, and everyday life to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets, which range from $90-$45, are available for purchase at the CCPA Ticket Office, at www.cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. The $90 seats for both performances, as well as the matinee’s $45 tickets, are sold out.
The New York Times called BILL COSBY an “Everyman and also his own man. A witty American humorist in complete touch with the source of his material: himself.” One of America’s most prolific comedians of all time, Cosby has dazzled generations of fans with his stand-up routines, Platinum and Grammy-winning comedy albums, best-selling books like Fatherhood and Time Flies, and the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, which earned him two Golden Globes. His comedy transcends age, gender, and cultural barriers without adopting profanity, prompting the Los Angeles Times to hail him as “one of the great clean comics of his time … an icon – America’s Dad.”
Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with a role in I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar and win three consecutive Emmys for “Outstanding Lead Actor” in the dramatic series. The veteran stand-up comic hosted the 1970s Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about the adventures of inner-city black youths. The show was loosely based on Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia.
The former Navy serviceman’s illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the children’s educational show Electric Company and hosting Kids Say the Darndest Things. But his greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is indisputably The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upper-class black family. The sitcom, a wide departure from previous television shows about African-Americans, radically changed racial attitudes in the United States and abroad.
Time magazine called the show “an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race.” The Cosby Show dominated the No. One spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Life magazine described the program as “a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted” show whose “delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives.”
For his philanthropic efforts and positive influence as a performer and author, Cosby was honored
with a 1998 Kennedy Center Honors Award. In 2002, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. He currently produces the popular children’s animated series Little Bill on Nickelodeon and CBS.
For tickets or more information on Cosby’s performance at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818 or go to www.cerritoscenter.com.