If Bill Cosby is an embattled old comedian whose best days are in the past, you never would have known it this week.
Cosby took a trip to Melbourne, Florida for a 90-minute performance at the King Center for the Performing Arts, and the crowd showed nothing but love. In fact, the show was sold out and he received a standing ovation after it was over.
Unlike other recent appearances, Cosby also answered questions about the allegations that have dogged him in recent weeks.
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby said after the show. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
It wasn’t as if his critics weren’t trying to rattle him. There was a radio station offering cash and other prizes for heckling his performance, but he kept his focus through it all. Instead, Cosby did a bit of heckling on his own.
“So today I was informed of this radio station that is offering money for people to stand up and heckle in order to collect prizes and money,” Cosby said.
“The thing is, these people are prodding and pushing people and asking people to have a frat house mentality. Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness. There will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don’t listen to what they said and they entice violence. That’s not good for anyone.
“When you go to a civil rights march or something like that, at least there are meetings and some organization to it and people understand how to behave. There may be people coming to the show that don’t know exactly what to do; there is no organization to it all,” he said.
Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, is busy defending the comedian against numerous allegations of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct. Singer says that the allegations are “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.”
“Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork,” Singer said. “When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”
The national media came out to see Cosby perform, along with thousands of fans.
Bonnie Linden, who attended the performance, says that she believes the women are motivated by money.
“I love him,” Linden said. “He’s doing something good, He wasn’t convicted of anything.”