Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida

Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida

*Despite the number of women claiming sexual assault by Bill Cosby, the actor and comedian says he’s “far from finished.”

The 77-year-old is scheduled to perform Friday evening in Lafayette, La., and issued a statement before his show.

“Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust,” read the statement per Agence France-Presse. “Thank you! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift — LAUGHTER. I’m ready!”

He also thanked theater staff and event organizers for their continued support. He didn’t make any mention of the latest woman accusing him of sexual assault in 1984, but simply indicated the show must and will go on.

“Hey, Hey, Hey — I’m far from finished,” he concluded his statement.