Embattled comedian Bill Cosby received a warm welcome at a stand-up show in Ontario, Canada on Wednesday (07Jan15) despite protests outside the venue.

The Cosby Show star has faced mass criticism over the past two months since more than 20 women, including models Beverly Johnson and Janice DICkinson, accused him of inappropriate behaviour over the years, with some alleged victims claiming they were drugged and raped.

The 77 year old's attorney has repeatedly refuted the allegations, which prompted a number of U.S. promoters to pull shows on his comedy tour late last year (14), but Cosby has gone ahead with planned Canadian dates.

Protesters stood outside the Centre In The Square venue in Kitchener ahead of Cosby's show on Wednesday night, holding placards with slogans such as "Rape is no joke".

In a statement released after the show, Cosby says, "Dear Fans: I would like to personally thank you for giving me the opportunity to bring laughter back into your lives tonight. Also, I would like to applaud all of you and give you a standing ovation for respecting yourselves, the theatre and the event organisers that produced a spectacular show for the Kitchener Community."

Three more women came forward with allegations against the funnyman and spoke of alleged abuse at a press conference on Wednesday.