‘America’s Got Talent’ star Tom Cotter coming to Madison Theatre

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Comedian Tom Cotter was a contestant during the 7th season of "America's Got Talent."(Photo by Trae Patton/NBC)

“America’s Got Talent” funny man Tom Cotter said he is excited to entertain Long Islanders for his first-ever performance at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre on Friday.

“Long Island is the mecca of comedy,” Cotter said. “There’s something in the water, it breeds funny.”

Cotter, a native Rhode Islander, said that some of his favorite comedians have come from Long island, including Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Rosie O’Donnell.

Cotter said that Long Islanders should expect “two hours of material in one,” which he says is his “modus operandi” of comedy. He said that New York audiences, especially ones on Long Island, connect with his comedy better than other states. He said his act resonates with the wit of Bostonians and New Yorkers.

The comedian said he was making “OK money” until he “stepped in leprechaun crap” when he was accepted as a contestant for the seventh season of “America’s Got Talent”  in 2012. He champions himself as the “the first comedian ever to be a finalist on the show” and said he was “the highest finishing human being on the show that year.”

Cotter placed second to the “Olate Dogs” act. Olate Dogs is a dog trick act featuring father-and-son trainers Richard and Nicholas Olate, Cotter said.

Cotter has made subsequent appearances on the show.

His appearances since “America’s Got Talent” include “The Tonight Show,” “Last Comic Standing,” his own episode of “Comedy Central Presents,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Comics Unleashed” and having multiple appearances on CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” His  bio also said he is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel.

“They’re a smart audience, they get it right away,” Cotter said about Long Island audiences.

He said he is excited to do his rapid-fire style of comedy in Rockville Centre, but joked, “I can’t stand the traffic” on Long Island.

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