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Comedian Bill Cosby will fill UCA Reynolds Auditorium

Posted: September 7, 2013 - 9:58pm
SUBMITTED PHOTO  Comedian Bill Cosby's Sept. 26 appearance at UCA has sold out.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Comedian Bill Cosby's Sept. 26 appearance at UCA has sold out.

Bill Cosby will perform stand-up comedy and tell personal stories to a sold-out Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The 7:30 p.m. event — “An Evening with Bill Cosby: 50 Years of Making You Laugh, Smile, and Feel Good” — is part of UCA Public Appearances’ Night Out Series.

Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances, said Cosby’s comedic style spans all generations because he incorporates everyday situations into his comedy. “He brings American values to the main stage,” she said. “Even though he’s funny, his stories always bring more to the program than just a funny story. It’s all surrounded by his values system.”

Cosby, 76, is regarded as an American treasure and international comedy icon for his 50 years of work in television, in film and as an author. In the 1960s, he toured coast-to-coast, recording best-selling comedy albums and talking about easily relatable topics.

The comedian has won nine Grammy awards and four Emmys.

Cosby’s role on television in “I Spy” made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series.

In the 1980s, he starred in “The Cosby Show” as Cliff Huxtable, a lovable, comedic father of five children alongside actress Phylicia Rashad. He won Golden Globe Awards in 1985 and 1986 for his role.

Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honor, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his television contributions, earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been given three NAACP Image Awards.

Ashley Love, director of finance and marketing for UCA Public Appearances, said the process of talking with Cosby’s agent and finalizing the performance took about four months but was years in the making.

Horton said scheduling Cosby was a major accomplishment for Reynolds.

“Bill Cosby coming here is a dream of the Reynolds Performance Hall staff,” Horton said. “I’ve heard a lot about how they had wished, planned and tried to get him here. It’s a dream come true for them.”

Cosby’s most recent book, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was),” was published in 2011. His other books include “Fatherhood” and “Time Flies.”

Although the show is sold out, some tickets may become available on the day of the performance.

If available, tickets would be $30 to $40 for adults, $27 to $37 for senior citizens, $25 to $35 for UCA alumni, $23 to $33 for UCA faculty and staff, and $10 for children and UCA students with a current student ID.

For more information, contact Horton at (501) 450-3682 or ahorton@uca.edu

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call 501-450-3293.

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lancejgosnell 09/08/13 - 04:32 pm
Maybe I missed something, yet

Maybe I missed something, yet I do not remember UCA or any agency advertising Cosby was coming to town.

Mr. Cosby if your people are reading this I am on the net and not difficult to find for I would love to watch your performance.

odoketa 09/09/13 - 09:38 am

As with many things in Conway, the marketing for UCA's public events is a bit sparse. I'm constantly amazed at the number of places I have to go to find out what's happening in a town as small as Conway. I'm also amazed at the number of events I find out about the day after they happen.

Theoretically, I've heard the newspaper sometimes fills that void. Maybe with a special 'upcoming events' type of publication?

Jollymusician 09/09/13 - 01:02 pm
Filling the void...

Hard for the newspaper to fill that void when it doesn't even tell you before it happens. Example, Couple of weeks ago, there was a resume seminar at the library, the LCD printed the information about the seminar the day before. You had to sign up for this seminar by emailing a person. I emailed this person the day I read this article, and did not hear back from them until the next day stating that I got a spot. I later told the person who held the seminar that there was not much notice about it and she told me that the information was out there, that they were holding this seminar. I would like the newspaper to get in touch with all the groups in Faulkner County and find out their event/seminar schedules, and make a list for the readers of the LCD to peruse so they are informed about what events are coming soon.

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