Bill Cosby is, in a word, “exuberant.” And he wants to get back to performing — and more.
“In his physical appearance, he’s exuberant. In his mental state, he’s exuberant. In his feelings and humor, he’s exuberant,” publicist Andrew Wyatt told The Times on Wednesday. The comedian is “colorful and powerful — more powerful than we’ve ever seen.”
Cosby, 83, is with his family at the moment, Wyatt said, a week after his conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand was overturned. But plans are in the works to get “The Cosby Show” star back onstage in the U.S., Canada and London, Wyatt said.
Wyatt said Cosby’s next act will weave the disgraced comic’s “vintage storytelling” in with observations from his life today and will be “inclusive of human rights and civil rights” as Cosby works for criminal justice reform and prison reform based on his own experiences.
Cosby “gives you a formula without the preservatives,” his rep said.
The performer was convicted in April 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand. He was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison, a term he was serving at a maximum security state facility in Pennsylvania. They were the only criminal charges brought against Cosby, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women.
Cosby’s team — including the legal staff — still has to work out the details about how audiences, promoters and “media insurrectionists … who fuel the hate” will be screened, Wyatt said, but he’s not very concerned about hecklers and the like. Plus, he said, “It’s not happening tomorrow.” They have time.