Cheyenne, Wyoming: A cold and snowy night didn’t prevent one of America’s greatest comedians, Bill Cosby, from entertaining a sold out crowd of about 1,500 people Saturday night at the Cheyenne Civic Center in Wyoming’s capital city. The iconic star of television and movies spent much of his show garnering laughs over how things used to be in America. Disclosure: I’ve been an usher for the Cheyenne Civic Center since the 2004-05 season. But what I write is my own impressions.
Bill Cosby Got Laughs without Using Four-Letter Words at the Cheyenne Civic Center
Several generations of folks made up the sell out crowd, including many teenagers as well as many seniors, the latter who are contemporaries of the 73 year old comedian. Many of the adults were dressed up to see this show in the intimate venue, where ticket prices ranged from $59 to $69. Bill Cosby came out to a standing ovation. He was dressed in a hooded Temple University sweatshirt, jogging pants, white socks and sandals – garb that reminds one of the days when he played Dr. Huxtable (when off duty) on The Cosby Show. Throughout his approximately 100 minute show, he exhibited a strong presence on stage (though he was seated next to a table with water and tissue). He asked the audience questions often, sometimes jokingly yelling out to let him provide the answers. One person sitting right in the front row had a coughing spell, to which Cosby offered one of his two bottles of water to the audience member, which got a lot of laughs as a result.
The comedian opened by discussing what he eats for breakfast, and then about what television was like when it first came out. He covered other subjects about why younger people like to incorrectly use the word “sucks”, about what happened when he bought a piñata for his granddaughter’s birthday party. He discussed the raising and disciplining of kids, often reminiscing about how things used to be. Bill Cosby spent a lot of time talking about how the Book of Genesis apparently has some missing pages in light of the story of Adam and Eve, which was a great anchor for his jokes about how women basically run things in marriage. He closed his monologue at the Cheyenne Civic Center with some words of wisdom for men about to get married.
The incredible thing about watching this comedian get laughs is that not once during his monologue did he utter one four-letter word, which proves that gifted artists can be funny without spewing out a lot of offensive language, even as he discussed subjects like erectile dysfunction in a tasteful manner. Young people attending laughed just as hard as the older folks over the observations of Bill Cosby, who received another standing ovation at the conclusion of the show.
For more information about the Cheyenne Civic Center’s upcoming performances, go to the website here. You can also contact the performing arts complex at 510 W. 20th St., Cheyenne, WY 82001. Phone 307-637-6363.