COTTER |Wayne Cotter
Former Computer Geek Turned Comedian
Wayne Cotter is a favorite of the talk shows, having appeared dozens of times with both David Letterman and Jay Leno. With Leno, he served in a recurring role as a roving reporter for The Tonight Show. A top nationally touring comedian, Wayne hosted the Fox Television Network series “Comic Strip Live” for many years and was seen in the feature films “Spy Hard” and “The Aristocrats.” He served as host of the long-running Discovery series “Amazing America,” a light-hearted look at weird and wacky subcultures throughout the United States. Regularly appearing in nightclubs and casinos, he has also become a highly sought-after entertainer for corporate events.
Although he studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and began a career with a New Jersey computer company, before long Wayne started moonlighting as a Philadelphia comedian. He continued this double life for some time and ultimately came to the visionary conclusion that the computer industry was going nowhere. He left town to pursue show business full time.
Upon arriving in New York, Wayne quickly became a favorite of both David Letterman and Johnny Carson. He also appeared on several cable specials and was nominated as “Best Standup” in the American Comedy Awards. He moved to Los Angeles, where he hosted the weekly Fox television series “Comic Strip Live” for over three years. His relationship with Discovery Networks then began as a spokesperson for TLC channel, leading him eventually to host his own show there.
Keeping up-to-date with developments in the fast-paced information technology business, Wayne now performs frequently for such companies as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” he says.
Standup Corporate Comedy
Don’t let Wayne’s geeky history fool you. Sure, with an engineering background, he is especially well suited to high-tech organizations. But Wayne does repeat business with satisfied corporate customers of all kinds. With material that’s both squeaky clean and uniquely clever and engaging, he’s perfectly suited to make your event something memorable. And Wayne has received enormous praise for his outstanding talent for adapting his show to each particular audience.
Wayne has served as Emcee for hundreds of corporate events, from awards programs to general sessions spanning multiple days. His unique talent for customized comedy and his ability to work flexibly and improvisationally make him the perfect host, keeping audiences engaged and upbeat throughout.