The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 8, 2013

Cosby reflects on comedy, life and family


JOHNSTOWN — Hard not to laugh

Even his greeting on the scheduled interview call – a moaning, “Ohh, what is it NOW!?” – exuded the same lighthearted surprise hooks his audience has come to expect.

He can’t turn it off – and it’s hard not to laugh with him (or stay on track with a premeditated set of questions).

And it’s all family-friendly material - most of it is about families, really. Cosby’s brand has always been a wholesome one and it’s hard to believe that some edgier modern comics could have molded themselves from his example.

“How do you get to be John Coltrane? There’s a billion people with a tenor saxophone in their hands, but who can play?” he said. “So, with comedians, you listen to them and even if they have the freedom of profanity or the freedom to use ‘n----r’ or (talk about) genitalia – do they connect with you? Or are they just part of your evening out?”

‘Heckuva show’

On Wednesday, those spending their evening with Cosby at the War Memorial Arena will be treated to a “heckuva show,” according to Acting General Manager Tom Grenell.

“I don’t really think people understand how timeless he is,” he said, referring to the annual McAneny Brothers trade show as the arena’s “Super Bowl.”

As of Thursday evening, tickets were still available for the Wednesday show, but Grenell stressed that they will not be available for long.

“There’s not a bad seat in the War Memorial and really, we do have some fantastic seats still available,” he said. “Every day we’re selling more, and each seat we sell is further from the stage, so don’t wait.”

Evening of laughs

What: “An Evening With Bill Cosby.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

Tickets: $35 to $55, plus applicable fees.

Information: 800-745-3000, or at the box office.

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