OTTUMWA — Talking to comedian Bill Cosby for just a few moments, you suddenly understand how appropriate the name of his "Far From Finished Tour" really is.
One of the most legendary personalities of all time, Cosby is coming to spend an evening in Ottumwa at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at Bridge View Center.
"Comedy Central gave me an opportunity to go into the lions' den of the young lions and lionesses — the young ones — and I really very much respectfully appreciate that because of the differences," Cosby said, "in the viewpoint of the subject matter, storytelling as opposed to short bursts of very funny thoughts. If Comedy Central had not allowed for the filming of this, I would still be coming to your town. So it's not just a tour, it's an honest way to make a living."
Going into that lions' den for Cosby means bringing his comedy, which has spanned five decades and virtually all media, to a generation that is used to a very different type of performance. Younger people may have heard some of his comedy thanks to their parents, and he says that's a good start.
"'I listened when my father played his CDs in the car (they say).' And even though they laugh at it, they don't see that I'm a laugh-causer. I'm a smile-causer, but the other (comedians) are armed with things that are 'their things' today," he said. "You have these people who are 30 (and younger) and they have their heroes, and they've heard their heroes talk about me, but if I come to town, the excitement of seeing one of theirs as opposed to seeing me ... see, I'm 76 and 10/12 years old ... so do they see me coming out and doing rest home jokes?"