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| Bill Cosby to Perform
At UW-Eau Claire Sept. 23
MAILED: May 8, 2000
Tickets go on public sale at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 15, for two comedy performances by Bill Cosby at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday, Sept. 23.
Billed as "America's Funniest Father," Cosby will be presented at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena as part of the university's Parents Weekend celebration.
A special advance sale for UW-Eau Claire students only will take place Monday-Sunday, May 8-14. Tickets will be sold only at the University Service Center windows, and purchasers must present a valid UW-Eau Claire student ID card. No more than eight tickets will be sold to each student.
Bill Cosby is by any standard one of the most influential and beloved stars in America. Through concert appearances, records, television, films, books and commercials he has touched people's lives. Without resorting to gimmickry or lowbrow humor, Cosby focuses on the basic cornerstones of existence providing insight into our roles as parents, children, family members, men and women.
Born in Philadelphia in 1937, Cosby left high school and joined the U.S. Navy in 1956. While enlisted he passed a high school equivalency exam, and after his discharge he received an athletic scholarship to Temple University in Philadelphia in 1961. During his sophomore year he left Temple to entertain at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village, New York City, where he began to establish a trademark comedic style characterized by a friendly and accessible stage persona and a relaxed, carefully timed delivery. During the 1960s Cosby toured major U.S. and Canadian cities, commanding ever-higher performance fees. In 1965 he made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
Cosby's first acting assignment, in the espionage series "I Spy" (1965-68), made him the first black actor to perform in a starring dramatic role on network television. His portrayal of a black secret agent won him three Emmy Awards and helped to advance the status of African-Americans on television. His subsequent TV projects included a series of specials (1968-71, 1975), the situation comedy "The Bill Cosby Show" (1969-71), the variety show "The New Bill Cosby Show" (1972-73), and the successful cartoon "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" (1972-84, 1989). He appeared in numerous commercials and on children's shows such as "Sesame Street," "Captain Kangaroo" and "The Electric Company."
"The Cosby Show," his most successful work, appeared on NBC-TV from 1984 to 1992, becoming one of the most popular situation comedies in television history. Depicting a stable, prosperous black family and avoiding racial stereotypes, the show had broad cross-cultural appeal and won several major awards.
Cosby was awarded a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1984. His comedy records, including "Those of You With or Without Children, You'll Understand," earned him eight Grammy awards. In 1986 he wrote the best-selling book "Fatherhood" and broke Radio City Music Hall's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance there.
Bill Cosby is currently in his third season as the star and executive producer of CBS-TV's "Cosby," which received the 1996 People's Choice Award as America's Favorite New Television Comedy Series, and also hosts "Kids Say the Darndest Things" on CBS. He is the author of "little bill," a series of books designed to encourage reading among children ages 6-10. The best-selling books are being developed into a TV series.
Reserved seats are $27.50-$36.50, plus a $1 service fee, at the University Service Center in Davies Center. Standard hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets may be charged to MasterCard or Visa when ordered by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
Cosby's performances are sponsored by Event Resources Presents Inc., the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Central Radio Group, and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 8, 2000