CLEARWATER - Described as a “national treasure” on his own website, Bill Cosby brings his special brand of comedy and inspiration to Ruth Eckerd Hall for two shows on Saturday, March 23, at 5 and 8 p.m.
William H. Cosby has come a long ways from his humble beginnings in a Philly project to achieve remarkable success over five decades of time. According to the bio found on his website, his stand-up act in the 1960s led to a string of best-selling comedy albums, which earned him eight Gold and five platinum records, as well as five Grammy Awards.
He was the first African-American to co-star in a TV drama, I Spy, breaking the industries racial barrier and garnering Cosby three Emmy Awards. His television career continued to the 1980s with The Cosby Show, “a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom (and rescued NBC),” according to billcosby.com. The show made it eight seasons from 1984 to 1992 and was No. 1 from 1985 to 1989.
He was a hit with children’s shows, including The Electric Company and created Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He was the host of Kids say the Darndest Things and was the spark behind Little Bill, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2001.
His movie career included Uptown Saturday Night, Ghost Dad, The Meteor Man and Jack, among others. He is also the author of a number of best-selling books, including Fatherhood.
“Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts,” says his website.
Tickets to his Clearwater shows are $63, $50 and $42 and available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, by phone at 727-791-7400 and online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com.
Cosby has appealed to audiences of all ages, genders, race and cultures with his comedy routines based on ordinary events that touch all our lives.