As expected, Bill Cosby’s first performance since November was met with a mixed bag of reactions. A small group of protesters lined the streets surrounding the Ontario performance, while the audience gave the comedian a standing ovation.
Cosby told fans he had a wonderful time and thanked them “for giving me the opportunity to bring laughter back into your lives.” The crowd filled about three-quarters of the concert hall, and the show went on without disruption from anyone inside.
The performance came on the same day that Phylicia Rashad spoke out in defence of her former Cosby Show colleague. Her words “Forget these women” were seen on signs made by protesters, with the words “We’ve been ignored long enough” added. Protesters didn’t just want to make Cosby feel bad — they heckled fans too. Protest organizers expected a much larger turnout, but only a dozen or so people turned up. His next show, in London, Ontario, is also expected to be met with a group of protesters.