Get your sweaters out of the closet. Stock up on Jell-O pudding. Bill Cosby is coming to town.
Though to younger generations Cosby exists in cultural references to Jell-O Jigglers and Pudding Pops and unique sweaters of all colors and designs, he has played a vital role in easing racial barriers with humor and witty observations.
He was the first black actor to co-star on a television series “I Spy,” the NBC show about a tennis journeyman and his trainer who were actually spies for the Pentagon. From 1965 to 1968, Cosby played trainer Alexander Scott to Robert Culp’s professional athlete Kelly Robinson.
Cosby also beat out his co-star to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three years running.
The height of the beloved entertainer’s influence on modern television came with “The Cosby Show.” The sitcom, which ran from 1984 to 1992, was lauded as “an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race” by Time magazine, and the Huxtables became an indelible part of popular culture.
Cosby, 75, has been a prolific artist throughout his five-decade career: He’s written 12 books, released 21 comedy albums and 15 music albums; created television shows such as “Little Bill” and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”; and received 13 honorary degrees.
His newest book offers a collection of his laugh-out-loud and insightful thoughts on the human condition and the things that occupy his life now, including grandchildren and musings on game show contestants.
Tickets for the April concert go on sale Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. and will range from $48 to $65.50.