Albany Bill Cosby, whose life-inspired humor has captivated American audiences for more than half a century, will be at the Albany Civic Center at 6 p.m. Friday.
Cosby is coming to town as part of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s centennial celebration. Phoebe officials have not released any information on ticket sales, but have said that there has been plenty of interest in the show. A check of Ticketmaster Monday showed there were still seats available this week.
Cosby broke a glass ceiling in entertainment in the 1960s when he became co-star of the popular secret agent show “I Spy” with Robert Culp. From there, he became one of the most influential entertainers in America with the popular “The Cosby Show,” where he portrayed one of TV’s best beloved father figures, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.
The entertainer is also known for his plain-spoken views on society, and those concerns are one of the reasons he’s performing in the Good Life City, he said in a July phone interview with The Albany Herald.
“This is a hospital that serves lower-economic people, and as far as I’m concerned, lower-economic people have a tougher time with insurance and are finding a way into emergency rooms where one has no money,” Cosby said. “This is a kind of institution that doesn’t turn anybody away. That’s very important.
“My performance is something the hospital wants to give to hospital employees (and the public) for a time of laughing. That in itself is a happy feeling.”
And Cosby has had a long career of making people laugh, with numerous comedy albums detailing his childhood memories of the kids he grew up with — old weird Harold, Fat Albert, et al.
“(The highlight of my career) is the fact that I’ve been more successful than I have set as a goal,” Cosby told The Herald. “I just enjoyed listening to people and watching people who made me laugh. Without knowing it, I’ve developed a style.”
Tickets are available to the general public at the Civic Center box office for $20-$50. There is a pre-show scheduled at 6 p.m. before Cosby goes on stage at 7 p.m.