Tom Cotter is the first comedian to ever reach the finals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. He says laughter is the best medicine for life and he is bringing his comedic gold to the Wilbur theatre on New Year’s Eve.
SD: How has your career changed professionally since coming in second on AGT?
TC: Just a little (he says laughing) I feel like I stepped in unicorn droppings or just had sex with one. To have that many eyeballs watching you perform is awesome. Plus, it means higher paying gigs.
SD: When did you realize you were funny and could make people laugh?
TC: I’m the youngest of 6 kids in a Roman Catholic family and clearly a mistake. I would do anything for attention. It was huge to get recognized by my older siblings. As the class clown, I got sent to principal for being funny and now the cool thing is I am getting paid to say the same things.
SD: What was the experience like performing on AGT?
TC: I’ve been at this for over 25 years, so I like to think I am over stage fright. My stage fright usually kicks in when I have no personal connection to the audience. I was always more nervous when my family was part of the audience. The show, judges, and producers throw lots of curves balls at you so you need to be ready for anything.
SD: Who are some of your comedy influences?
TC: First and foremost my wife, Kerri Louise, who is also a stand-up comedian. When I was little I would sneak Richard Pryor’s album “Here & Now” up to the attic and listen to it with great laughter. I also love George Carlson. Boston is the best place to be a comedic. There is no better proving ground than Boston. It is definitely a factory of laughter.
SD: What inspires your comedic material?
TC: My style is rapid fire and misdirection. My children are my collective muse. There is a lot of comedy in being a dad.
For more information on Tom Cotter visit www.tomcotter.com and to purchase tickets to his upcoming New Year’s Eve show at the Wilbur theatre visit www.thewilbur.com