Legend. All-around entertainer. Activist. Educator. Pioneer.
From the hit cartoon turned movie sensation, “Fat Albert,” to the iconic and pathbreaking television sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” it is hard to describe the impact Bill Cosby’s brilliance has had in the lives of aspiring entertainers and the transformation of American popular culture.
And,after more than five decades of entertaining, he is still raising the bar.
“Far From Finished,” his first TV comedy special in 30 years, was released last year to rave reviews. Now, Cosby is offering the same excitement as he tours across the country with his standup comedy tour.
“I know I can serve it, I know I have it,” he said. “I take myself out onto the stage, and from that point on, I am loaded.”
He says he cannot say what his routines will be, for each show has its own personality, but he says he will do his job on delivery. “They will laugh, they will smile, they will feel good and they will feel connected,” Cosby said.
It’s about the excitement, energy and the fun he has on stage, and at the age of 76, he still enjoys it all. He says the “Far from Finished” speaks for itself – he still has what it takes.
“There is no show that they can look at and say that he is kind of losing a little,” he joked, noting that retirement isn’t something that he is even considering.
Ultimately, it is Cosby’s dedication to his craft and love for what he does that shows through, making him the legend he is today.
“We have to look into ourselves and realize how brilliant and bright we are and work at it,” he said.
Bill Cosby will feature at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway Ave. in Oakland on Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37.50 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster or by visiting the Paramount Box Office, Tuesday-Friday, from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call (510) 893-2300.