On March 2, 2013, New England Public Radio will present “Bill Cosby Live for New England Public Radio,” a benefit concert for WFCR and all-news WNNZ. Proceeds will go directly to support New England Public Radio. We hope you’ll join us!
One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums, the groundbreaking series, The Cosby Show, and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender, and cultural barriers. Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with a role in I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar on a television series and win three consecutive Emmys for “Outstanding Lead Actor” in the dramatic series. The veteran comic 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, about a close-knit, upper class black family. Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family. Time magazine called the show “an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race.” The Cosby Show dominated the #1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Life magazine described the program as “a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted” show whose “delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives.”
For his philanthropic efforts and positive influence as a performer and author, Cosby was honored with a 1998 Kennedy Center Honors Award. In 2002, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor and the 2009 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award in 2010.
Tickets – priced at $37.50, $47.50, $57.50 & $75 – are ON SALE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 800-982-2787, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. All seats reserved. All proceeds benefit New England Public Radio.