Iconic comedian Bill Cosby in Ames Oct. 18

Bill Cosby give a 7:30 p.m. performance Oct. 18 at the Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Tickets prices start at $39.

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 costar on a television 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.

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, all 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.

For information, visit www.center.iastate.edu or www.billcosby.com.

Tickets can be purchased at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office: 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. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster Centers online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone 1-800-745-3000, surcharges apply.