“Gary From Chicago” was thrust into overnight fame when the tour group he was a part of joined Jimmy Kimmel in the audience at the Academy Awards. But, unfortunately for Gary, with sudden fame comes sudden infamy.
Instead of letting Gary Alan Coe have his 15 minutes of fame unscathed, the Internet decided a different fate for the 59-year-old Chi-Town native. They have gone and unearthed his back story, one that includes prison time and some unsavory allegations.
Apparently, Coe barely made his Oscars debut. He was released from prison just three day before the big show on Sunday. It turns out Gary had just completed a 20-year bid at Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison near Bakersfield, CA and is a registered sex offender. According to ABC7, he had been arrested for attempted rape as a teenager in 1975, then again in 1994 for grand theft. But the nail in the coffin was the petty theft arrest in 1997 which, because of the three strike rule, put him away for 20 years on a sentence that was originally 25 to life!
And THIS is why Gary deserves a break. He didn’t ask to be famous, he certainly didn’t ask for folks to be digging around his background and most importantly, Gary has done his time and atoned for his sins (he found religion in prision). Coe is a private citizen
No Joke: Bill Cosby Is Back On Stage Doing Stand-Up
We are not trying to shame the elderly, but we are super confused why Bill Cosby is back on stage doing stand-up. He is after all 80-years old and going blind, but apparently that’s all apart of his routine.
Cosby did a set on Monday at LaRose Jazz Club in Philly and poked fun at his visual impairment amongst other personal anecdotes. He didn’t touch his pending trial, but many suspect his resurgence into the public eye is all a ploy to revitalize his image.
Just two weeks ago Cosby attended a dinner with friends and let reporters tag along to ask questions and take photos. This time around Cosby announced on his Facebook that he’d be doing a set a couple hours before. He wore a sweatshirt that said “hello friend” and also played the drums alongside the Tony Williams Jazz Quartet.
Folks in the audience are laughing … so maybe it’s working.
The disgraced comedian’s retrial on sexual assault charges is set to begin in April, and a new jury selection begins at the end of March. He averted a decision this past June when a jury couldn’t agree on a verdict … ending in a mistrial.
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