FAYETTEVILLE — Acclaimed actor and comedian Bill Cosby is coming to the Crown Center on Friday as part of his “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished” tour.
The 76-year-old performer is considered by many to be among comedy’s most influential figures, particularly due to the popularity of his long running late-1980s television sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” in which he played Heathcliff Huxtable, patriarch to an upper middle-class black family.
The show, which ran for eight seasons and earned six Emmy Awards among numerous other accolades, remains in syndication.
It is, however, stand-up comedy that first gained the former high school basketball player national attention. During the 1960s Cosby took a break from college and began performing as a stand-up comedian at various venues throughout the country before being given a national audience with an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1963. Though Cosby has starred in, hosted and made appearances in countless other television shows and movies since his 1963 debut, he has never given up his passion for stand-up comedy.
“The public response to our upcoming Bill Cosby show has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Katie Mikos, director of marketing for the Crown. “We have always strived to bring quality entertainment to the Fayetteville community and Cosby’s show is something that appeals to all ages and demographics.”
For Mikos, who counts herself among those who grew up following the comedian’s career, the event holds a special place in her heart.
“[Cosby] has the unique ability to be funny to children while also maintaining content that appeals to adults,” Mikos said.
Before the event even takes place, organizers are taking advantage of Cosby’s well-documented love of colorful sweaters by asking that attendees donate new or “gently used” sweaters at the north entrance of the Crown Coliseum for a chance to win two tickets to the event as well as a meet-and-greet with Cosby. The sweaters will then be given to the Salvation Army of Fayetteville upon the conclusion of the drive.
Tickets for the event range from $39.50 to $59.50. To make reservations go to www.atthecrown.com or call 910-438-4100.