Bill Cosby at Coronado Oct. 3

Staff Report

Comedian Bill Cosby will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, at Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St.

One of America’s most beloved comedians, Cosby has captivated generations with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books. His comedy 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. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004.

Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, which dominated the No. 1 spot for years. Cosby’s first television special in 30 years, Far From Finished, premiered on Comedy Central last fall.

As always, Cosby crafts stories around topics such as marriage and parenting with his singular point of view and renowned sense of humor. In Cosby’s current bestseller, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was, he talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love in his humorous and insightful manner.

Cosby 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.

Tickets to the Oct. 3 event range in price from $39 to $59. Tickets are available at the Coronado box office,, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (815) 968-0595.

From the Sept. 24-30, 2014, issue

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