Before landing his groundbreaking role on I Spy (as the first African American to costar in a weekly dramatic series), Bill Cosby made a name for himself by mining situations from his own life for use as a stand-up comedian. Going forward, Cosby kept his material focused on himself and in doing so, further smashed the racial divide by appealing to a broad audience. Saturday morning's Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was based on his own childhood, and his popularity would reach critical mass with the release of the 1983 stand-up film Bill Cosby: Himself and the premiere of The Cosby Show one year later. The weekly comedy series was fueled by Cosby's hilarious observations of life and family, and would go on to become one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. This Sunday at 3 p.m., Cosby brings his stand-up situations back to the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or www.fabulousfox.com) for one performance only. Tickets range in price from $25 to to $55.
Sun., Oct. 24, 2010