Bill Cosby, most well-known for his TV role on the Cosby Show, will bring his stand-up comedy act to Branson on Saturday.

The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mansion Entertainment & Media Center in Branson.

“We are excited to have Mr. Cosby back again for the 2008 season,” said Larry Wilhite, general manager of The Mansion Entertainment & Media Center. “Last year, he performed to a sold-out house and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and we are looking forward to his performance this year.

Officials said tickets to Saturday’s show are still available.

“You don’t want to miss it,” Wilhite said. “The Mansion is proud to be able to host nationally known stars for the community, and is excited about next year’s line-up.”

While Cosby’s career began in the 1960s, the entertainer’s greatest influence on America was seen in the 1980s.

Cosby produced and starred in what is considered one of the decade’s defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which lasted eight seasons (1984 to 1992), and is still in syndication.

The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an upper middle-class African-American family.

While many people know Cosby from his TV series, his skill as a stand-up comic is what got him started in show business.

In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight gold records, five platinum records and five Grammy Awards.

His role on TV’s “I Spy” in the 1960s made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News