Stephen Dare Interviews Bill Cosby

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This weekend, Bill Cosby will be appearing at the Times Union Performing Center for the Arts as part of the Artist Series. From the WOKV Radio Headquarters, Stephen Dare interviewed Mr. Cosby for an entertaining half hour. Cosby dishes on Tim Tebow, Angela Corey, The Trayvon Martin Case, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, the Chicken Heart that Ate New York, The Lone Ranger and Tonto and much more! Listen in after the jump!

One of America’s most prolific comedians of all time, Cosby has dazzled generations of fans with his comedy routines, also captured on his iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood and the groundbreaking The Cosby Show.  His comedy transcends age, gender, and cultural barriers.

Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with a role in I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar on a television series and win three consecutive Emmys for “Outstanding Lead Actor” in the dramatic series.  The veteran comic hosted the Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004.  The show, based on Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain.

The former Navy serviceman’s illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the children’s educational show Electric Company, and creating and producing the Emmy award winning Little Bill, which is based on his bestselling book series.

Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upper 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 #1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise.

Cosby hosted The Bill Cosby Show, “OBKB,” a series of 10-minute webisodes presented by JELL-O.  “OBKB” is the language of the Mush Mouth character from “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” and it is his expression for “OK.”  “Bill-B Cosby-B” interviewed kids between the ages of 6 and 11, mining spontaneous and unexpected comedy from their responses.

For his philanthropic efforts and positive influence as a performer and author, Cosby was honored with a 1998 Kennedy Center Honors Award.  In 2002, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor and the 2009 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  On April 6, 2010, he was honored by his own hometown with the Marian Anderson Award.  He is the first lifelong Philadelphian to receive this award given to individuals who have helped change society through their art and the courage of their convictions.

Tickets for Bill Cosby in Jacksonville start at $42.00.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-3228 or

To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover call
The Artist Series Box Office at
(904) 632-3373(toll-free outside of Jacksonville 1-888-860-BWAY)
Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting the
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For tickets to see Bill Cosby perform this Sunday, April 29th at 2PM, call The Artist Series at (904) 632-3373 or visit

A short clip from the interview, during which Mr. Cosby speaks up about the Trayvon Martin Case.:

Interview and Video by Stephen Dare