By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Bill Cosby was the first performer at the BancorpSouth Arena, and he’s bringing the laughs back this May as a part of the building’s 20th anniversary season.
His show is set for 8 p.m. May 10.
His first performance opened what was then called the Tupelo Coliseum on Oct. 9, 1993, before a crowd of 6,900.
Cosby, 76, has won millions of fans with his comedy routines, albums, TV shows and best-selling books, including “Fatherhood” and his current best-seller, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was).”
Cosby broke TV’s racial barrier with “I Spy,” becoming the first African-American to co-star on a TV show while winning three consecutive Emmys.
He created and produced “Fat Albert” and “Cosby Kids,” but is best known for “The Cosby Show,” which dominated the No. 1 spot for years.
He has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
He’s won five Grammy awards for his stand-up comedy records, and eight of those have gone Gold and five have gone Platinum.
Cosby just performed his first TV comedy special in 30 years, called “Far From Finished,” which is also the name of his tour.
Tickets go on sale on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. and are $67, $57 and $47.
Tickets will be available at the arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and by calling (800) 745-3000.