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Bill Cosby Live
may 31
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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2 pm & 8 pm Orchestra Hall
One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time,
Bill Cosby
has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic
albums and best-selling books, including
Fatherhood
—all featuring
his comedy that transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.
Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with
I Spy
, becoming the
first African American to co-star on a television series, while
winning three consecutive Emmys. His subsequent
accomplishments include the Emmy-
winning cartoon
Fat Albert and the Cosby
Kids
, later made into a film; roles on the
children’s educational show
Electric Company
;
and creating and producing the Emmy-winning
Little Bill
, based on his best-selling book series.
But perhaps his greatest contribution to American
entertainment and culture is
The Cosby Show
, about a
close-knit, upper middle class black family. Of the program,
Cosby said that his intent was to portray an American family.
The Cosby Show
dominated television’s number one spot for
years, earning near-unanimous critical praise.
Cosby’s first TV special in 30 years,
Far From Finished
,
premiered on Comedy Central last fall. His current best-selling
book is
I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Wa
s, in which he
writes about faith, being a grandfather and his first love. He has
received the Kennedy Center Honors; the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor; the Mark Twain Prize
for American Humor; and the Marian Anderson Award. A former
Navy serviceman, he is also a family man: he and his wife of 50
years, Camille, raised four daughters (Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evin)
and one son (Ennis), and now have three grandchildren. For more
information, visit billcosby.com.
Bill Cosby Live will be presented with no intermission.
Bill Cosby Live
Live at Orchestra Hall
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