Embattled comedian Bill Cosby, who has canceled dates on his tour because of sexual abuse allegations that have led to protests in some cities, will perform at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette on Friday.

In advance of his Lafayette performance, a public relations firm hired by Cosby issued a statement thanking those who plan to attend his show at the Heymann.

“Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift — LAUGHTER,” Cosby said.

“I’m ready! I thank you, the theatre staff (at the Heymann Performing Arts Center), the event organizers and the Lafayette Community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment. Hey, Hey, Hey — I’m Far From Finished,” he said.

Cosby starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” from 1984 until 1992. Cosby has canceled or postponed dates on his current tour following a string of public allegations by women who claim he sexually abused them.

The show at the Heymann Center is set for 8 p.m.