Seattle Symphony presents legendary comedian Bill Cosby for two back-to-back performances on Saturday, November 1, at 4 and 8 p.m. Both performances will take place in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall.
From stand-up comic to actor to musician, Bill Cosby has dominated the world of entertainment with his signature brand of Chaplinesque humor and outspoken social commentary. He has recorded more than 20 albums (three of them musical), as well as six singles. Eight of the albums have been certified Gold Records by the Recording Industry Association of America. He is a five-time Grammy Award winner for Best Comedy Album. Critics say Cosby's success on television "may have changed the game as well as the scores. Before his show hit the air, many viewers had rejected primetime television as an electronic guignol of crime, slime, glitz and glands." Cosby made the transition from stand-up comic to actor in the NBC-TV series I Spy and the original The Bill Cosby Show. In addition, he has filmed numerous television specials, starred in motion pictures and TV programs and has written, directed and produced educational TV shows.
After being discharged from the Navy, Cosby enrolled at Temple University on an athletic scholarship. He earned his master's degree in 1972 and his doctorate in education in 1977 from the University of Massachusetts. Besides his involvement with a host of charities, Cosby also is an active trustee of his alma mater, Temple University of Philadelphia, and the author of several books. Recently, Cosby released a hip hop album called State of Emergency.
Subscriptions are still available for the 2008–2009 season. For group sales information, call (206) 215-4784. Student and senior rush discount tickets, subject to availability, go on sale in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 6 p.m. prior to evening performances and two hours prior to afternoon performances.