On Friday, March 29, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) will host in the Castle Theater one of America's most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby.
Celebrating 50 years of making us laugh, smile and jus' feel good, Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and bestselling books. Cosby's comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers, making him a national treasure.
When he broke television's racial barrier with "I Spy" in the 1960s, Cosby became the first African American to costar on a TV series while winning three consecutive Emmy Awards. He 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. The show, based on Cosby's childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain. And who can forget Cosby's heartwarming interaction with small children in those JELL-O commercials!
Bill Cosby, one of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, will perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Friday, March 29.
It's difficult to choose one, but perhaps Cosby's greatest contribution to American entertainment is "The Cosby Show," the 1980s sitcom 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 network television's No. 1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise.
In Bill Cosby's current bestseller, "I Didn't Ask to Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was," he talks about being a grandfather and his first love in his always humorous and typically insightful manner. He has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (America's highest civilian honor) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Maui, let's give Mr. Cosby our warmest aloha and a big smile for visiting us!
Tickets to see Bill Cosby are available for $45, $55, $75, $85 and $115 (plus applicable fees). Guests are invited to come early and enjoy a preshow dinner catered by Chef Lee McBride of Nellie's Bistro 19 in Pa'ia. Food is available for purchase and served from 5:30 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org.