Wayne Cotter

Nationally Acclaimed Comedian and Technology Humorist

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.”

To book Wayne Cotter call Executive Speaker Bureau at 901-754-9404.

See Below for Full Bio

  • Speaking Topics:

    Comedian, Emcee, Humor, Technology

  • Travels From:

    California

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

    Notes on Fees

  • Videos
  • Full Bio
  • Speech Topics
  • Books
  • Testimonials
  • News

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.”

To book Wayne Cotter call Executive Speaker Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Stand up comedy tailored to your event.

No Books Found For this Speaker!
No Testimonials Found For this Speaker!
No News Found For this Speaker!
X

FIND A SPEAKER

TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials
  • Bridgeworks was awesome!!! Great feedback from all!! Thanks for all of your collaboration and positive we'll use you in the future.  
    Johnson & Johnson
  • "My entire team has enjoyed the experience of working with you and ESB more than words can express. Everything was handled in a professional and timel...
    Cregger Company
  • Mr. Schelp you are a Rock Star! Thank you!!!  Deal #7 is done and more to come!
  • "I will be sure that all involved know what a wonderful resource you have been. The universe smiled on me when I discovered Executive Speakers and you...
    Ocala Eye
  • "I want to thank you for helping with our Principals Day event. Marshall Goldsmith was excellent. Not only is Marshall the consummate professional, be...
    Burns & McDonnell
  • "Thank you so much for all your help in putting this together on such short notice. I will definitely use your services again in the future."
    Applied Materials
  • As always, you deliver excellent service. Thanks!
    Camden National Bank
  • "OMG Richard! As always you make me look like a rock star. Every single speaker we selected hit it out of the park. Thank you again. Can't even say wh...
    Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Assn.
  • "I wanted to share with you feedback of my experience in working with Executive Speakers Bureau.. Very responsive and detail oriented.  When I wa...
    Amdocs
  • Angela, you & your team have my endorsement for making Memphis events successful. People should use you to plan their next event.
  • Our bank has held an annual business and economic conference for the past 9 years.  We have worked with Executive Speakers every year and I have ...
    First Midwest Bank
  • “Thank you guys it was a pleasure working with you.... You made the whole process easy. Thanks again”
    CableNation
  • "Thanks to you and Jo for all your efforts.  Connie Podesta and Roger Dow were great!"   
    National Apartment Association
  • "Your tenacity and persistence in staying in touch with us is a model example of good salesmanship and partnering.  I will be using you as an exa...
    Schneider Electric
  • "You made my job so much easier! You are the only bureau I will use."     
    Sigma Systems
  • "Everyone loved Bob and he was so nice on site. Thank you for all you did. The process was so easy and we will definitely work with you again next yea...
    NBC
  • "The group that I work with to obtain all of my keynote speakers is Executive Speakers Bureau and I can tell you that I don’t like working with ...
    Indiana Youth Institute
  • "We not only went 3 for 3 but I'd say they were all home runs! Thanks for your help on the speakers. It was a key and very positive component of our c...
    Chem-Dry
  • "WOW, is all I have to say and thank you!  Our event was a huge success and you never steer me wrong, both David Cottrell and Ryan Estis were exc...
    ICMI
  • "As I mentioned before, your engagement model was incredibly easy to work with, and I know we came to you on short notice!  I would highly recomm...
    Capitol One
  • You ladies really are the BEST!  After this event I am going to be on the hunt for keynote speakers in May.  I really want to work with you ...
    ICMI
  • The Nebraska Hospital Association along with numerous other state hospital associations have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Executive Speak...
    The Nebraska Hospital Association
  • I’ve used the services of a number of speakers bureaus in the past. However, my current experience working with the Executive Speakers Bureau ha...
    Intel
  • "Let me just say again, what a pleasure it is to work with you and ESB. You really make it harder for others to reach the bar."
    ASTD
  • "I appreciate your recommendations.  In addition, you are always a pleasure to work with and understand the pains of an over worked meeting plann...
    Milliman
  • The event was EASY Cake! and it went over very very well.  Thank you so much for the help and organization, it made my life very easy. 
    Boys & Girls Club
  • "I LOVE this list that you sent me! I emailed several different places on Tuesday an...
    CoreLogic
  • We truly appreciate the excellent support and attention to detail we have received from Executive Speakers Bureau.  They have provided us with so...
    IBM
  • "My mind was very much at ease knowing that Jack Uldrich was so well prepped.  I will definitely use your agency again."  
    EAIE
  • Thank you to both of you for everything surrounding Mr. Will as our special guest. I suspect, soon, I will be in touch regarding our next event. 
    Oxford Financial
  • "Richard, Your ability to put me in front of just the right group again and again, is nothing short of amazing. You work your tail off, you sweat the ...
    Alan Hobson
  • Everything went really well and we really enjoyed having Jack Uldrich as our speaker!  He was entertaining and funny and provided great examples....
    Novo Nordisk
  • Thanks to you, Jo and the rest of your team.  You are the BEST.  Knowing you are behind a speaker allows us the luxury of concentrating on o...
    Ohio Hospital Association
  • I want to thank you for all of your assistance you and Jenny were wonderful. If it had not been for you sending me suggestions I would not have found ...
    West Virginia Tourism
  • We could not have done it without you.  Thank you for the outstanding suggestions.  The speakers were by far the best we have ever had.
    FedEx
  • Thanks to Richard and Jo for all the coordination. Another homerun from Executive Speakers Bureau!  
    Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • "We loved our speakers. Thanks to you and your team for your outstanding service and thank you for your patience!"

    National Association of the Blind
Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call us to discuss how we can help find the right speaker for your organization.

Get Ideas in 2 Hours or Less

Please fill in information below

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in two hours or less.


Privacy by SafeSubscribeSM