Sunday, June 7, 2015
Wayne Cotter attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied electrical engineering. But after working as a computer engineer, he noticed similarities between engineering and comedy as he performed stand-up routines at night.
He quit his day job and devoted himself to comedy full time, appearing on The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Politically Incorrect. From 1991 to 1994, he hosted Comic Strip Live, a stand-up comedy series on the Fox television network.
Cotter was one of the comedians featured in The Aristocrats. He also had a small part in the film Spy Hard. He now performs at corporate events. Some of his routines focus on the connection between the thought processes that go into engineering design and the crafting of jokes.
A few years ago, Cotter was selected by Avi Lieberman to appear in one of his semi-annual Comedy for Koby tours in Israel. Here is a video clip of one of his performances on the tour.
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(A tip of the kippah to Esther Kustanowitz for bringing this video to our attention.)