The embattled comedian formerly known as “America’s Dad” has announced his return to the stage after months of laying low following his mistrial for allegedly drugging and raping a woman.
Bill Cosby was expected to perform on Monday night both alongside a jazz quartet as well as what seemed to be billed as a solo stand-up comedy performance, according to a press release that the legendary-yet-sullied comedian posted to his Facebook page Monday afternoon.
The “historic performance with the Tony Williams Jazz Quartet” was scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. at The LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia, where Cosby has been out and about as of late.
It was unclear how impromptu of an announcement this was, as LaRose’s web site made no mention of the Cos’ planned performance.
The show’s announcement came just about three months before Cosby’s retrial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, who was just one of at least 51 women who have accused him of doing unthinkable things to them after he sedated them with pills.
The retial for aggravated indecent assault charges was scheduled to begin April 2 in the same suburban Philadelphia courthouse where the first case ended in a mistrial in June. The timing is important to note as there has been a revolution of sorts launched by women who have spoken up en masse about their experiences being sexually harassed or assaulted.
If prosecutors have their way, Cosby could face as many as 19 of his accusers during the retrial, according to NBC News. That number could include Janice Dickerson, the former supermodel who has claimed Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1982.
Still, none of that seems to be on the mind of Cosby, who went out to dinner in Philadelphia Wednesday night, complete with “a crew of publicists, reporters, and cameramen invited to document the moment,” according to Philly.com.
“The feel of this city at this time for me with the snow … you know, it’s just a great, good, crisp feel,” Cosby said. But when asked about what else he expected to do in the city, no words were parsed: “Yes. And you can’t come.”