One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby, will perform at Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 26.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m.

Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004.

Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upper middle 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 No. 1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise

Bill Cosby’s current best-seller, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was, discusses the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love in his humorous and insightful manner. Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (America’s highest civilian honor), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and the Marian Anderson Award.

Who: Bill Cosby
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013
Where: Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium
Tickets on sale: Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m.
Ticket prices: $35, $39.50, $49.50, $69.50 (additional fees may apply)

Tickets are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or charge at 800-745-3000. For special accommodations, please contact the Box Office at (309) 438-5444.