On Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., Cal Poly Arts proudly presents "The Cos" at the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center.
Cosby's comedy has always transcended age, gender, and cultural barriers. He broke television's racial barrier with a major 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 hosted the Emmy-winning cartoon, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. The show, based on Cosby's childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain.
The former Navy serviceman's illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the children's educational show, "The Electric Company," and creating and producing the Emmy Award-wining "Little Bill," which is based on his best-selling book series.
Perhaps Cosby's greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is "The Cosby Show," a nationwide hit television series 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 show dominated the No. 1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Life magazine described the program as "a gentle, whimsical, warm-hearted" show whose "delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives."
Says Cosby himself: "The Cosby Show is a message for all time: the family and raising your children matters most. Many people approach me and say that the show made them aware that there could be a better life out there for them. At the same time, they say that the show still makes them laugh."
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.
On April 6, 2010, he was honored by his own hometown with the Marian Anderson Award. He is the first lifelong Philadelphian to receive this award given to individuals who have helped change society through their art and the courage of their convictions.
Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $24 to $74 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
To order by phone, call 805/756-2787; to order by fax: 805/756-6088.
24-hour on-line ordering is available at http://www.calpolyarts.org/.
Sponsored by Bert & Candace Forbes and Al & Patty Moriarty.
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