Picture a stage — with a carpet on the floor, a table with a bottle of water and a box of Kleenex on it and a comfortable chair with a sweatshirt draped on the back with the words, “Hello, friend.”

“That’s what I intend to be for the next hour and a half, without intermission,” Comedian Bill Cosby said of his upcoming June 24 performance at Augusta Civic Center.

Cosby, 73, will perform one show in Maine. Speaking from a hotel room in Pennsylvania June 6, Cosby said his current show is similar to the much-loved “Bill Cosby: Himself” shows of years past, though the content has shifted somewhat to reflect his journey through life.

During a show in Easton, Pa., the evening before, Cosby said he addressed the improvement of the laxatives given out at Mayo Clinic during the past 20 years. He said, as always, the intent of his shows is to make people laugh.

“I try to keep it at a level so the teens there understand [why] their grandparents and parents are laughing,” Cosby said, adding the teens will end up in the same situations as they age.

Cosby said fans ranging from 40 to 80 years old have thanked him for “reminding us of how wonderful it was in our day when we were teenagers.”

He said location comedy has “never been my kind of storytelling,” adding his focus remains on people and their life experiences.

“It depends on what a family will allow a child to see,” Cosby said of children attending his show. “I don’t do profanity, I don’t do what I think would be explicit sexual parts. From my day, there’s a way of trying to talk above the level of the child about the subject.”

Cosby said ratings systems and the unfiltered Internet allow children to view and hear anything they want to with “no sugar coating.”

“Time has changed — if you look at movie ratings and see what a 13, 14-year-old can go into and hear and see,” he said. “If you go [back to] 40 years ago, what they’re playing today for younger and younger children, it wouldn’t [have] be[en] rated for a 40-year-old.”

In addition to continuing his comedy tour, Cosby also has a new book scheduled for release in November titled “I Didn’t Ask to be Born, but I’m Glad I Was.” He said he is working with New Yorker cartoonist George Booth to include illustrations for each chapter of the book.

“I have hired him — he and I are good friends — he was given many of the stories in the book. His drawings are hilarious and I’m very proud of it,” Cosby said. “Reading the book and seeing George’s adaptations will give people a good feeling about themselves.”

The book addresses subjects including the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love, according to his official biography.

Cobsy has written several books in addition to performing comedy routines. He began his television career costarring on “I Spy” and went on to create “Fat Albert” and “Cosby Kids,” which was based on Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia. Cosby appeared on “Electric Company” and created and produced the Nickelodeon children’s show “Little Bill,” based on his series of children’s books.

Cosby is perhaps best known for the television show “The Cosby Show,” which ran on network television from 1984 until 1992.

Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Marian Anderson Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom — American’s highest civilian honor.

He has been married to his wife Camille Hanks since 1964 and the couple raised five children — Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin and Ennis — and have three grandchildren. The Cosby family lives in New England.

Tickets to the June 24 Augusta show are available through the Augusta Civic Center by calling 626-2400 or through Ticketmaster.