America has learned to love Bill Cosby in many iterations. He has transitioned from the sleek, young, hero to the clever and sartorially impressive father, to now everybody’s favorite (and at times cantankerous) grandfather. Regardless though, Mr. Cosby is a staple of American entertainment and has been for nearly five decades now. In this article form The New Yorker, Cosby’s life is examined in full-to-date, discussing his latest projects, his evolving stature, and the at-times, less positive shadows he has cast.
A warm summer weekend was just beginning in Salisbury, Maryland, and cars were pulling into the parking lots that surround the Wicomico Civic Center. People had come to see Bill Cosby, who would remind them, that night, that he was seventy-six and eleven-twelfths years old, and who surely has neither the time nor the need to do anything he doesnt want to do. What he does want to do, even now, is comedy: he performs about a hundred times a year, mainly on weekends, following an itinerary that often leads him into what promoters call tertiary markets, where fans are not just happy to be able to see him in person but surprised, too.
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