Fans young and old arrived early for the Bill Cosby show at the Akron Civic Theatre Friday night.
Many were already in line to get into the theater as early as 6:45 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.
The theater, which has a capacity of about 2,600 people, was sold out before the show even started.
“We grew up watching him on TV,” said Michele Kreh of Akron as she waited to enter.
Kreh, now an adult with the days of watching The Cosby Show behind her, attended the show with friend Rob Felix, also of Akron, who said Cosby has humor for reality and was definitely worth seeing.
“He’s an icon,” Kreh said. “He’s one of the few comedians out there who isn’t vulgar and offensive. He’s an act a family can come and watch.”
Those family values also attracted the Read family of Cuyahoga Falls.
Parents Bob and Linda bought four tickets for the show for them as well as their two sons, Zachary, 16, and Bobby, 14.
“I remember watching the show when it was on and liking it then,” Linda Read said. “But we bought the tickets because of Zachary.
Zachary Read began watching The Cosby Show only about two years ago in syndication and has become what his younger brother described as “obsessed.”
“We both absolutely love him,” Bobby Read said. “We had to get tickets.”
The boys’ knowledge of the man doesn’t stop with just his well-known 1980s sitcom.
“We got them CDs of some of his old stand-up routines and they think it’s so funny,” Linda Read said.
Cosby will finish out the weekend with a show in Cincinnati on Saturday at the Aronoff Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. and two shows, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., in Dayton on Sunday at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Select tickets are still available for these shows.
Katie Nix can be reached at 330-996-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.