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.
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The Legends of Sitcom line-up has been UPGRADED!
Friday, January 8th at 7pm in the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts!
Tickets are $10 per person. Get them from your favorite choir student or at the door!
Groups include: CMU on the Rox, BHS Chicappella, BHS Notetorius, BHS Chamber Choir, Grand River, and MSU Accafellas!
There has been a change in the line-up for our “Legends of Sitcom” show on Saturday, January 30. Actor/Comedian, Gary Valentine, will be joining Harry Anderson and Jimmy JJ Walker that evening in place of Gabe Kaplan. Gary is best known for his nine seasons as “Cousin Danny” on the hit CBS sitcom, The King of Queens. He can be seen in such films as Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper, and The Dog who Saved Christmas. Gary is the older brother of actor Kevin James.
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The Charlie Daniels Band
Friday, November 13th, 2015 – 8pm
“Holiday Pops with the Phil”
Friday, December 18th, 2015 – 8pm
Legends of Sitcom
Harry Anderson, Gabe Kaplan, Jimmy JJ Walker
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 – 8pm
The Wonder Bread Years
Saturday, February 20th, 2016 – 8pm
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 – 8pm
Stiggy’s Dogs Fundraiser
Saturday, May 14th, 2016 – 8pm
Saturday, May 16th at 6:30pm
$20 – Adults
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Don Quixote, a full-length ballet.
A lighthearted story of romance and adventure with Spanish flair, Don Quixote is a classic favorite beloved by audiences around the world. Featuring a cast of talented ballet students and professional dancers, dazzling costumes and sets, Don Quixote is a charming production to be enjoyed by all ages.
Professional guest artist from the Cincinnati Ballet Theatre.
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Brighton High School Musical Theater first in Michigan to perform “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, March 20 through 29, 2015
Brighton High School’s Musical Theater program will be the first theatre troupe of any kind in Michigan to perform the spectacular Tony Award winning new musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, March 20-29. Gorgeous songs, brilliant costumes, snappy dancing, and some of the magical staging audiences have come to expect from Brighton High School’s Musical Theater program will undoubtedly captivate audiences in this hilarious, romantic, musical comedy.
On the heels of selling out multiple performances of each of its last five productions, including selling all of the available seats for 2014’s “Grease”, Brighton High School Musical Theater is returning to the Roaring 20’s, the era of prohibition, bootlegging, flappers, jazz, and fantastic dancing. “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, on stage at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts for seven shows from March 20 to March 29. This laugh-a-minute romance classic, romantic tale of high schoolers falling in love, breaking up, making up, and growing up will be brought to life with the musical and stage magic audiences expect from Brighton High School’s heralded musical theater program.
Brighton’s continued success with its audiences, productions, and student talent development garnered it the opportunity to be the first in Michigan to produce “Nice Work…” when rights became available last year. This is the second time that Brighton High School Musical Theater has been the first in Michigan to produce a newly licensed work, following the highly successful production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” in 2012. Producer, director, and choreographer Michelle Holowicki, a history and economics teacher at Brighton High School, said, “After seeing “Nice Work If You Can Get It” on Broadway, we knew that it would be such a fun show for our students and our audiences. At the same time, it is an opportunity for our students to learn more about Prohibition in American history and the growth and influence of American song and musical theater in the early Twentieth Century. It’s not just a great show, it’s an extra pedagogical moment, and it’s an honor that we have been entrusted with it first.”
Join us for this remarkable collaboration of youth and community as we share laughter, romance, and so many incredible Gershwin songs in the classic musical, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, live on stage at the Brighton Center for Performing Arts.
Directed by: Michelle Holowicki & Phil Johnson
Creative Team: Josh Holowicki, Eric Guerin, Jennifer Yanchula
Production leadership, stage direction and choreography: Michelle Holowicki
Musical direction: Phil Johnson
Acting direction: Jennifer Yanchula
Technical direction, sound and lighting design: Josh Holowicki
Production manager: Eric Guerin
Performance Dates and Times
Friday, March 20th – 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 21st – 7:30 pm (Red Carpet Gala Tickets Available)
Sunday, March 22nd – 4:30 pm
Thursday, March 26th – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 27th – 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 28th – 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 29th – 4:30 pm
Advance Tickets: Adults: $16. Students: $14
Day of show tickets: Adults $17. Students: $15 ($1 more at the door) pending availability
Red Carpet Gala: $40
Tickets available online at http://brightonmusical.com. Call (734) 834-0939 for additional information.