Bill Cosby brings his comedy show to Ames, tickets on sale Friday

One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as “Fatherhood.” His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with “I Spy,” becoming the first African-American to co-star on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys.

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. Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is “The Cosby Show,” about a close-knit, upper middle-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 the No. 1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Bill Cosby’s current best-seller, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was,” discusses the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love in his humorous and insightful manner. Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (America’s highest civilian honor), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award.

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Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster Centers either online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office located at the north entrance of Stephens Auditorium at the corner of Lincoln Way and Beach Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.