America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Tom Cotter and Last Comic Standing finalist Kerri Louise perform BCPA Saturday
Trying to raise a family when all the household income comes from comedy gigs has its challenges, but husband and wife comedians and reality TV show stars Tom Cotter and Kerri Louise are making a successful a go of it.
They say having two comedians in the house leads to some competitive moments, but they always try to end arguments with punchlines.
Cotter and Louise will perform Saturday night at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts on the Brighton High School campus.
“We do fight over jokes. Our kids are the funniest, and they make us laugh all the time. So we fight over who gets to tell that joke,” Louise said.
If they were to divorce, she said, “he can take the house, and I get the jokes.”
Louise, who was a finalist on the second season of Last Comic Standing, likes to throw it in her husband’s face that she made it further on the show than he did. However, she said he got the last laugh when he made it to the semi-finals of the seventh season of America’s Got Talent, getting further on that show than any comedian had before.
“The fact he lost to a dog act makes it so much funnier,” she said.
Cotter, who met his wife 20 years ago on the Boston comedy circuit, said appearing on America’s Got Talent helped propel his career to a new level. He has appeared on late night and daytime talk shows, did his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and is a regular on “Red Eye with Tom Shillue,” a comical news show on Fox News Channel.
“I tell everyone I stepped in unicorn droppings to get on that show that year. …It was an incredible amount of exposure. It raised my stock like Last Comic Standing raised her stock,” he said.
While most comedians marry non-comedians for things like financial security and health insurance, he said, “we took the road less traveled and threw caution to the wind” and it paid off.
Louise, who has had many TV appearances, including on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the first episode of The Dr. Oz Show, The View, Comedy Central, 20/20 and others, said the couple tries to raise their 14-year-old twin boys and 9-year old son “like normal people” and hopes they will get jobs that are more practical.
“They are starting to write some funny jokes with their friends, but I want them to have nice careers, because that’s my retirement.”
“‘I need a fallback plan, and you’re it,'” she tells the kids.
The funny couple has a lot of respect for one another’s comic styles, which they say are very different, and they often help each other with material.
He is more of a rapid-fire comedian focused on punchlines. She likes to tell funny stories.
Cotter draws inspiration from real life but then makes it ridiculous, like he does in his comedy book “Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful Parenting,” which is “not at all to be taken seriously,” he said.
“Even babysitting shouldn’t be taken seriously. No one should ever sit on a baby,” he said, throwing out one of his one liners.
Louise stays truer to the facts, sometimes exaggerating them, in her comedy act, her comedy book “Mean Mommy:Tales of Motherhood Survival from the Comedy Trenches” and her “Mommy Moment” webisodes, she said.
The couple, who appeared together in a Women’s Entertainment Network reality show “Two Funny,” is currently shopping around a pilot for a new show they would appear in. They have their fingers cross that it will get picked up by a network.
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How to go
Tom Cotter and Kerri Louise will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts on the Brighton High School campus, 7878 Brighton Road. Tickets are available online, at brightonperformingarts.com or by calling 810.299.4130.
Eric is the manager of the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts.