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Bill Cosby sees his "feel good" Dallas gig get canceled: Rape allegations bring Texas wrath

Bill Cosby sees a "feel good" Dallas gig canned under rape allegations

Dana Carvey
Dana Carvey is the new headliner for LaunchAbility’s 14th annual Special Evening set for April 2, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Allen Event Center

Bill Cosby isn't welcome in Dallas (for good reason of course).

Dallas charity LaunchAbility has yanked Cosby and tapped Emmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey to perform at the 14th annual A Special Evening fundraiser set for April 2, at Meyerson Symphony Center instead. Carvey is a much less controversial figure than the originally scheduled entertainer whose name has been all over the news lately due to multiple allegations of sexual assault.

The charity was quick to react: It had just held a kickoff party on Nov. 12, at the home of event chairs Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins, announcing Cosby as headliner.

Carvey was a Saturday Night Live regular, well-known for characters like the Church Lady, Hans (from the duo Hans and Franz), and the Grumpy Old Man. He also played Garth, Mike Meyers’ sidekick on Wayne’s World.

Carvey joins a long list of prestigious past entertainers for A Special Evening, including Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Vince Gill and Smokey Robinson. And the 77-year-old Cosby is left wondering if anyone will ever stomach having him perform again.


CultureMap managing editor Chris Baldwin contributed to this article.