Bill Cosby had more than 1,000 fans laughing during his performance Friday night at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. The two-hour show went off without a hitch, despite recent show cancellations across the country following allegations of sexual misconduct against the renowned comedian.
Cosby, 77, has denied the allegations. No charges have been filed.
The only hint of trouble at Friday’s event was a recorded message repeated before the show. The message warned patrons of possible “attempts to disrupt” the program.
Patrons were advised to remain calm until “the disruption is resolved” and make no attempts to confront “the person making the disruption.”
But the only disruption was constant laughter during Cosby’s humorous tales on aging, religion and family life. Dressed in a white pullover hoodie, emblazoned with the phrase “Hello Friend,” the comedian made no references to his legal battles.
Calling the local area as the “Bible Belt,” Cosby started with a lengthy monologue on the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. He later recalled sibling rivalries with his younger brother Russell and attempts to perform an athletic move called a “snap up” at a benefit for the men’s gymnastics team at Temple University.
Cosby received a standing ovation when he ended, simply telling the crowd, “Thanks for coming.”
The Heymann Center performance was Cosby’s only scheduled appearance in Louisiana. The show came just hours after published reports that his lawyers asked a federal judge to throw out a defamation suit filed by three women accusing the comedian of sexual offenses in the 1970s.
The Huffington Post reported Friday a new charge against Cosby. Former model Heidi Thomas claimed the comedian assaulted her in 1984.
This week, Cosby released a statement saying his career is “far from finished.