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Tickets for Bill Cosby Performances to Go on Sale May 8 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: May 3, 2006

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

EAU CLAIRE — Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. Monday, May 8, for two comedy performances by Bill Cosby for the Parents Weekend kick-off at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Friday, Sept. 29.

The shows, titled "An Evening with Bill Cosby," will begin at 5 and 8 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Bill Cosby is, by any standards, one of the most influential stars in America today. Whether it be through concert appearances or recordings, television or films, commercials or education, Cosby has the ability to touch people's lives. His humor often centers on the basic cornerstones of existence, providing an insight into our roles as parents, children, family members, and men and women. Without resorting to gimmickry or low-brow humor, Cosby's comedy demonstrates respect for the traditions of great American humorists such as Will Rogers, W.C. Fields and Groucho Marx.

The 1984-92 run of "The Cosby Show" and Cosby's books "Fatherhood" and "Time Flies" established benchmarks on how success is measured. His status at the top of the TVQ survey year after year continues to confirm his appeal as one of the most popular personalities in America. Cosby's believability and humor make him most effective as the spokesman for Jell-O. His lifelong contributions to American culture were recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom — American's highest civilian honor — in 2002.

Today, Cosby has touched the hearts of a new generation of young children with his "Little Bill" animated series, which airs daily on Nickelodeon and Saturday mornings on CBS. The show is based on Cosby's popular children's books. His interest in young people also led him to write the best-selling book, "Congratulations! Now What?" (Hyperion) — his amusing yet wise take on college life and what lies ahead for the new graduate in the real world.

The theme of being true to yourself is explored in "Friends of a Feather" (HarperCollins 2003), Cosby's most recent children's book, illustrated by his daughter Erika.

"I Am What I Ate... and I'm Frightened!!!" (HarperCollins 2004) offers hip, humorous, hard-earned wisdom on the healthy lifestyle and the behavior behind it. Cosby's newest book, it entered the New York Times Bestseller List at number five.

His best-seller, "Fatherhood," was launched appropriately enough on Father's Day as an animated series on "Nick at Nite."

Bill and Camille Cosby, in conjunction with Fox Studios, premiered a live-action/animated Fat Albert motion picture. It has been a box office success. The "Fat Albert" television show is now available on DVD and selling briskly.

Cosby's initial immediate success began with "Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow, Right?" and continued with many other comedy albums. He also has released a number of jazz recordings, including "Hello, Friend: To Ennis With Love" (1997). Cosby has earned five Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album.

Cosby often neglected his studies for athletics and, after repeating the 10th grade, he left school to join the Navy. He finished high school via a correspondence course while still in the service. When he was discharged, he enrolled at Temple University on an athletic scholarship and earned academic honors. His goal was to become a physical education teacher, but eventually he decided on show business.

Cosby has been a crusader throughout his career for a better world and for better understanding between people. In addition to his involvement with a host of charity organizations, Cosby is also an active trustee of his alma mater, Temple University of Philadelphia. As philanthropists, Bill and Camille Cosby have made substantial gifts in support of education (most notably to predominantly African American colleges) and to various social service and civil rights organizations.

In addition, Cosby earned a masters degree in education in 1972 and his doctorate in education in 1977 from the University of Massachusetts. His doctoral thesis was titled "The Integration of Visual Media Via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Into the Elementary Schools, Culminating as a Teacher Aid to Achieve Increased Learning."

Cosby married the former Camille Hanks on January 25, 1964, while she was a student at the University of Maryland. They raised four daughters (Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evin) and one son (Ennis). The family resides in New England.

Tickets are $40 (main floor, reserved seating), $35 (bleachers, reserved seating), or $30 (gallery, reserved seating). Tickets will be available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold, if available, at the door.

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 presented by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and Event Resources Presents Inc.

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