Bill Cosby, 77, one of the most famous American comedians of all time, has been added to the lineup of the 2014 Evergreen State Fair.
Cosby will appear Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Grandstand Stage. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets range in price from $33-$58.
The appearance is part of Cosby’s “Far From Finished” tour, which is produced by Comedy Central, following the successful 2013 release of his first stand-up comedy special in 30 years, also called “Far From Finished.”
Bill Cosby has led a long and successful career, but not one without controversy and tragedy.
Born in 1937, he grew up Philadelphia’s Germantown, where the death of an older brother and the alcoholism of his father led to hardship for his family.
He went to work as a shoeshine boy, among other things, before dropping out of high school and jointing the Navy. A gifted athlete, he ultimately went to college on a track scholarship, and while in college, got a job tending bar.
He gift for storytelling and humor had long been noted by his teachers, and as a bartender he was so funny that he was made a backup for standup comics appearing at the bar.
In the 1960s, he got a huge break, starring in the action show I Spy. It was groundbreaking for an African American man to co-star in a television drama in those days, but he followed it with even more successful endeavors, including an acclaimed sitcom of his own, The Bill Cosby Show. In the 1980s, he followed that with The Cosby Show, which was the number one show in America for five straight years.
Cosby also went on to earn a Doctor of Education degree from Amherst in Massachusetts.
He since has taken stances on public affairs, including a famous speech in which he called on black parents to instill better morals at a younger age in children, and criticizing African Americans who prioritized “acting hard” and sports and fashion above education.
He has also called out some comics, including Chris Rock, for what he deemed an excessive use of profanity in their acts.
In his personal life, Cosby has been married to Camille Olivia Hanks since 1964, and they had five children. His son, Ennis, was murdered while changing a flat tire on I-405 in Los Angeles in 1997.
His life has also included scandal.
In 2006 he settled out of court with a woman who accused him of drug-assisted rape. A total of 13 other women were prepared to testify that he had assaulted them as well, had the matter gone to trial. Cosby denied all the allegations.
He is once again touring, and his schedule through the summer is rigorous, taking him across the nation through November, sometimes with two shows per day.
His Monroe date will require considerable travel of him; he’s appearing in Michigan four days prior to the Evergreen State Fair date, and three days later he will be in Massachusetts.