Audiences want to laugh. While Connecticut theaters offer a wide variety of entertainment, comedy sells, particularly to a middle-class, middle-aged audience. With the country's current economic troubles, not to mention the fear of a swine-flu pandemic, more people are looking to lighten up. And even in tough times, a stand-up comedian will almost always draw a crowd.
In the case of Bill Cosby, it was a sitting-down comedian. When Cosby booked the Oct. 4 date at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, he was recovering from recent cataract surgery. As he told the audience, he was assured that common ophthalmologic procedure was "a cinch," "no problem," but, as it turned out, he could barely see and needed to be led to a chair, center-stage. After explaining his predicament, he proceeded to regale the audience with so many hilarious stories that they were, literally, falling off their seats.