Why computer engineering is like standup comedy: Wayne Cotter at TEDxRainier
WAYNE COTTER- Standup Technology Comedian
A former computer geek who bailed out to become a comedian, Wayne Cotter is a favorite of the talk shows, having appeared dozens of times with both David Letterman and Jay Leno. He also appears in a recurring role as a roving reporter for The Tonight Show. A top nationally-touring comedian, Wayne Cotter hosted the Fox Television Network series Comic Strip Live for several years. Wayne Cotter has also been nominated as “Best Standup Comedian” at the American Comedy Awards, and has appeared in numerous cable television specials. He also served as host of the long-running Discovery seriesAmazing America; a light-hearted look at weird and wacky subcultures throughout the United States. Regularly appearing in nightclubs and casinos, Wayne Cotter has also become a highly sought-after entertainer for corporate events.
Drawn to standup comedy at the tender age of 6, Wayne Cotter memorized the routines of Alan King, Bob Newhart, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and other greats of the era, repeating them incessantly. His parents, not recognizing this obvious cry for help, simply avoided him, causing sufficient feelings of alienation that guaranteed Wayne’s future in show business.
Although he studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and began a career with a New Jersey computer company, Wayne Cotter often moonlighted 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 and left town to pursue show business full time.
Upon arriving in New York, Wayne Cotter 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. Wayne Cotter then moved to Los Angeles, where he hosted the weekly Fox television series Comic Strip Live for over three years. Wayne Cotter’s relationship withDiscovery Networks began with a role as spokesperson for The Learning Channel, leading him eventually to host his own show there.
Keeping up-to-date with developments in the fast-paced information technology business, Wayne Cotter now performs frequently for such companies as Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” he says.
Although Wayne Cotter is especially well suited to high-tech organizations, he also does repeat business with satisfied corporate customers of all kinds including: GlaxoSmithKline, Kawasaki, Neutrogena, Ernst & Young, Novartis and Paine-Webber to name a few.
Wayne Cotter lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son. He finds parenthood to be a great source of comedy. “Although, ” he adds, “not enough to write off the expense.”
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