He told the audience that he used to be a comedian. Bill Cosby returning to the stage on Monday to perform stand up for the first time since being swept up in sexual assault allegations three years ago. Cosby performed at the La Rose Jazz Club in Philadelphia, joking about his blindness.
>> You see a blind person walking to a police officer.>>
It was a welcoming audience this time. But Cosby's family friendly reputation has been destroyed in the mainstream by dozens of sexual assault allegations.
He has denied assaulting anyone, describing the encounters as consensual.>>
We love you, Bill!>> His first trial in June last year ended in a mistrial, but he's due back in court in April for a re-trial. On charges that he drugged and assaulted former Temple Basketball Administrator, Andrea Constand, in his home in 2004.
After Monday night's show, Cosby said he feels comfortable being back in the spotlight.>> This is life and life changes.>> And so it's not be fear to go out, I go out.>> How do you feel?>> His performance drew criticism online. With novelist, Terry McMillan, tweeting that if someone gave her front row seats to see Cosby, she would burn them.