This week on stage: Bill Cosby brings stand-up to Minnesota


Legendary actor, comedian and activist Bill Cosby brings his stand-up act to Minnesota this week with two show Saturday at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch.

Cosby, 75, has had a career in entertainment for more than five decades, which is apparently why critic Jon M. Gilbertson of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says he was so excited with the prospect of seeing the comedian, yet found "profound disappointment" with his 90-minute show last month.

The entertainer has been known for being a storyteller over the years rather than being a "punch line machine, and longtime devotees have learned to accept his casual pace when the final payoffs are big," the critic explained.

"Allowing for the rambling, though, such a fan had still to wait longer than ever for, mostly, smaller payoffs than ever," Gilbertson wrote.

Critic John Berger of the Honolulu Pulse was much more impressed in Cosby's show in Honolulu at the end of the March, calling it "a solid hour-and-50-minutes of clean, insightful, hilarious entertainment."

Berger was also impressed with Cosby's vernacular, noting how younger performers could learn from comedy sage.

Cosby had "the crowd roaring with laughter throughout the evening, without even once using the “F-word” or the “S-word” or any of the other standard 'urban' obscenities," Berger wrote.

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