Will You Buy A Ticket If Bill Cosby Returns To Stand-Up Comedy?

Bill Cosby may be mulling a comeback to stand-up comedy just days after his release from prison.

The comedian’s representative, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters on Thursday, July 1, that Cosby has “been talking to a number of promoters and comedy club owners” and “is really pleased the way the world is welcoming him back,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The prospect of a comedy tour comes just days after Cosby, 83, was released from prison after completing more than two years of a three-to-10-year sentence following his sexual assault conviction in 2018.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction on Wednesday, June 30, ruling that the actor should not have been charged in a case stemming from a 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand because of a “non-prosecution agreement” he had with a prior prosecutor.

Many persons involved in the trial, including Gloria Allred, who represented 33 women who went out against the comedian and accused him of rape and sexual assault, described the court’s decision to overturn his conviction as “devastating.”

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents some of Cosby’s accusers, cautioned the comic that if he embarks on a tour claiming vindication and casting his accusers in a poor light, he might face fresh defamation cases.

In 2018, Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting Constand, who was working for Temple University’s women’s basketball team at the time of the 2004 assault. The three resulting charges for which Cosby was later found guilty were handed down in late 2015. Cosby ultimately was charged mere days before the statute of limitations ran out, with excerpts from a civil case deposition being used against the disgraced comedian during the trial.

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