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Theater & art

For comic Tom Cotter, network TV brought a new level of attention

If not for his impressive run on last season’s “America’s Got Talent,” comic Tom Cotter says, he would not be playing the Wilbur Theatre this weekend. The Providence native has played a lot of rooms in Boston, having come up in the scene here in the late 1980s and early ’90s. And his resume includes late-night TV, his own Comedy Central half-hour special, and appearances with his wife and fellow comic, Kerri Louise, on “Last Comic Standing” as well as on their own WE reality show, “Two Funny: Cotter & Louise.” But he hadn’t had that major prime-time exposure to put him over the top until he made it to the final round on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where he lost to the Olate Dogs, a father-and-son dog-training act. Now he’s playing the biggest room in town, working on a pilot for a kid-themed reality show for NBC, and coaching Louise for her own run at the million-dollar prize on “America’s Got Talent” this summer.

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