Samantha Highfill
January 08, 2015 AT 03:49 PM EST

On Jan. 7, Bill Cosby returned to the stage for the first time since being slammed with a number of sexual abuse allegations. For the first of three scheduled shows in Canada, the Associated Press reports that Cosby walked on stage wearing a sweater that read “hello friend,” accompanied by two posters of himself with Nelson Mandela. His return, according to the AP, was then met with a standing ovation from a hall that was about two-thirds full.

However, outside the Ontario location, more than a dozen protestors carried signs that read, “Rape is no joke,” among other things. They reportedly shouted “You support rape” and “Shame on you” at the comedian. A few protesters even tried to block the doors of the venue until security stepped in.

Cosby’s next Canadian performance is scheduled for Thursday night, with another scheduled for Friday.

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