Though he’s best known for playing Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” and hosting “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” it’s the crazy sweaters, funny dance moves and comedic storytelling that makes Bill Cosby a quintessential American icon.
On Saturday from 8-10 p.m., Braden Auditorium will host an evening with Bill Cosby.
News that Cosby would be coming to Bloomington-Normal began circulating around campus nearly a year ago, to the excitement of many. Barb Dallinger, associate director of the Bone Student Center said this is actually the comedian’s fifth time performing at ISU.
“We consider him to be one of our Braden family starts,” Dallinger said. “In fact, his people called us and said that Bill wanted ISU to be a part of his tour.”
This tour was created in order to celebrate the comedian’s 50th anniversary in show business.
It is quite an honor to know that someone like Cosby has enjoyed his time in Bloomington-Normal so much that he selected it out of the entire country as one of the stops on such an important tour.
Dallinger has had the privilege of meeting Mr. Cosby during his previous visits to ISU.
“He’s a very nice guy,” she said. “One thing I have learned working backstage with the different stars who pass through Normal is that they’re all just regular people on the road who get tired sometimes and miss their friends and families. We like to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible.”
When asked about the nature of the event itself, Dallinger said that Cosby typically does some standup comedy on his visits, but that he also just enjoys talking on stage.
“He is very much a storyteller,” she said. “He loves to talk to the audience and create comedy through stories.”
Tickets for this event can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling the Braden Auditorium box office.