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Comedian Tom Cotter reflects on life after 'America's Got Talent'

Wednesday May 8, 2013 – By Angela Frissore Comedian Tom Cotter will be headlining The Wilbur Theatre on Friday, May 10, and this time, he won't be sharing the stage with any four-legged companions.

Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm this year as a finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent,” and with his other television credits including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn", "New Joke City with Robert Klein," "The Ru Paul Show," A&E's "An Evening at the Improv," it's really no surprise how he managed to do it.

Versatility has allowed Cotter to excel in other areas of showbiz as well. His voice has become a familiar staple in commercial voice-overs for many high profile clients including NBC, MTV, Pepsi, McDonald's, Chevrolet, and Converse. Whether it be comedy, voice-overs, or acting Tom Cotter gives it everything he's got. As Tom states, "If laughter is the best medicine, I yearn to be drugged."

As his Las Vegas run with “America's Got Talent” came to a close last month, Cotter took some time to chat with the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner about his rapid rise to fame and finally returning to life on his own terms.

So what's in the works for you once this winds down? Any plans to record?
Well, some people, off the record - well I guess I can say it on the record. Some people are kind of devastated that the show's ending now because they feel like that's the end of their "America's Got Talent" connection. I am delighted - I get to go home and see my wife and kids. It's the longest I've ever been away. So, that's fun, and plus now I can kind of do my own thing. It's not that I was a slave to AGT but we were contractually obligated to do a lot of stuff with them. That ends now, so now I'm touring and I can kind of set my own schedule - leave when I want to leave and be home when I want to be home. There's a lot to be said for that. That, and a lot of people love Las Vegas - I find it to be the pimple in the armpit of America and I have been here way too long.

It will be good to get home to the family; I'm sure they miss you terribly.
They came out for spring break and we had an absolute blast. It was amazing. But, you know, when they left they were crying and stuff. I don't think they were missing me but they were missing Vegas. There will be issues later on down the road. It was devastating when they went back on the plane. So now I get to go home and see them and hang out with them. I'm very much looking forward to that.

And then you'll be coming up our way.
Yeah! I get to come up to Boston. My wife is from Easton, Massachusetts, so we are unbelievably connected to Boston. I lived in Brookline for many years, and that's where I started doing comedy - in Boston. It's really kind of a coming home for me; my grandmother lived in West Roxbury and I have so many family right around there. I'm a completely devout Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots fan.

And you get to perform The Wilbur, which is fun.
I've never done The Wilbur, but I've always wanted to do it. I've always had a little competitiveness, a little jealousy when people I knew did The Wilbur. I'd be like, 'Damn, how come I haven't been there yet?'

Well, here you are.
Now I am, and I'm looking forward to it.

That's so exciting that you get to come home and spend some time doing what you want to do.
Yeah, and that way I'll only be away according to my schedule. I've missed some important things in this run. We were in Vegas all of October and November, so I missed a lot of that. Then, we've been here since about mid-February. I would like to be around. I'm being whiny about that.

I think you've earned the right to be whiny about that.
I have, but my brother is a colonel in the Army, and he spent three years in Iraq. He had to watch his kids graduate high school on closed-circuit television from Ft. Hood in Texas. Me being in Vegas for a couple of months...I have a little Catholic guilt around that. He's seen a lot worse in a lot worse places. But, this is not what I signed up for; he wanted to be over there, and he wanted the military thing, and I just wanted to tell jokes. I didn't want to be away from my wife and kids this long. Wah, wah, wah.

Ha ha. Well, hopefully we'll get to see another CD from you soon? Or a special?
Yeah, we're working on that now. We have a CD in the works and I'm actually filming these shows in Vegas for purposes of that. We'll at least get the chunks. The Tonight Show wants another set, Ferguson wants another set, and so they have to approve the material before they put it on. So we're taking chunks out of this for that and also, we're recording this entire show. I wear two different outfits in the show because I come out twice; once I'm wearing this guido-shiny suit that they made me wear that looks like I got it out of Joe Pesci's closet, and the other one's a tuxedo. So we'll have a full set, a full hour of me doing a show in the tuxedo and a full hour of me doing the show in the shiny suit. Then, we'll see if we can patch that together and make a new DVD from that. Then we've got some stuff going on with NBC that I'm not allowed to talk about but it's all good, and we'll see what happens there. Life is good.

Tom Cotter performs in America's most famous comedy clubs including, The Improv, Catch a Rising Star, and Caroline's On Broadway and has also been featured at The Montreal "Just For Laughs" Festival and at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival. Don't miss the unique opportunity to catch this comedic talent live at Boston's The Wilbur Theatre on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.