Bill Cosby will perform stand-up comedy and tell personal stories to a sold-out Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The 7:30 p.m. event — “An Evening with Bill Cosby: 50 Years of Making You Laugh, Smile, and Feel Good” — is part of UCA Public Appearances’ Night Out Series.
Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances, said Cosby’s comedic style spans all generations because he incorporates everyday situations into his comedy.
“He brings American values to the main stage,” she said. “Even though he’s funny, his stories always bring more to the program than just a funny story. It’s all surrounded by his values system.”
Cosby, 76, is regarded as an American treasure and international comedy icon for his 50 years of work in television, in film and as an author. In the 1960s, he toured coast-to-coast, recording best-selling comedy albums and talking about easily relatable topics.
The comedian has won nine Grammy awards and four Emmys.
Cosby’s role on television in “I Spy” made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series.
In the 1980s, he starred in “The Cosby Show” as Cliff Huxtable, a lovable, comedic father of five children alongside actress Phylicia Rashad. He won Golden Globe Awards in 1985 and 1986 for his role.
Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honor, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his television contributions, earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been given three NAACP Image Awards.
Ashley Love, director of finance and marketing for UCA Public Appearances, said the process of talking with Cosby’s agent and finalizing the performance took about four months but was years in the making.
Horton said scheduling Cosby was a major accomplishment for Reynolds.
“Bill Cosby coming here is a dream of the Reynolds Performance Hall staff,” Horton said. “I’ve heard a lot about how they had wished, planned and tried to get him here. It’s a dream come true for them.”
Cosby’s most recent book, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was),” was published in 2011. His other books include “Fatherhood” and “Time Flies.”
Although the show is sold out, some tickets may become available on the day of the performance. If available, tickets would be $30 to $40 for adults, $27 to $37 for senior citizens, $25 to $35 for UCA alumni, $23 to $33 for UCA faculty and staff, and $10 for children and UCA students with a current student ID.
The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.