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Although he took second place on "America's Got Talent," comedian Tom Cotter still feels lucky to have had the experience. "I didn’t win a penny,” Cotter said. “I didn’t win $1 million. But I feel like I did.” (Dec. 12, 2012)

Tom Cotter of 'America's Got Talent'

Rockland County's Tom Cotter was the runner-up on the seventh season of NBC's "America's Got Talent." Despite losing the $1 million grand prize to a trained canine act in Sept. 2012, the Stony Point stand-up comedian says that the exposure he got from the reality-TV competition is priceless.

Comedian Tom Cotter, seen here in his Stony
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Comedian Tom Cotter, seen here in his Stony Point home, is married to fellow comedian Kerri Louise. Cotter's recent runner-up finish on the seventh season of NBC's "America's Got Talent" has led to more work and prominence for the pair, who have three children together. (Dec. 12, 2012)

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"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, left, talks with contestant Tom Cotter during the seventh season of the show, which wrapped in Sept. 2012.

Comedians and married couple Tom Cotter and wife
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Comedians and married couple Tom Cotter and wife Kerri Louise are photographed at home in Stony Point. Both auditioned for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” with Louise advancing farther in that competition. Before “America's Got Talent,” Cotter had scored his own Comedy Central special and a “Tonight Show” appearance, and he and Louise appeared on “Two Funny,” a show they’d developed for the WE cable network, but neither snagged that elusive big break. (Dec. 12, 2012)

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Long before he was on "America's Got Talent," comedian Tom Cotter was doing his best to make himself and others smile.

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An undated family photo of the Cotter family, with eventual "America's Got Talent" contenstant Tom Cotter sitting next to his mother on the couch.

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Decades before he was a contestant on "America's Got Talent," Tom Cotter, top left, grew up in New England with his five siblings.

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"America's Got Talent" contestant Tom Cotter and fellow comedian Kerri Louise married in June 2001.

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"America's Got Talent" contestant Tom Cotter and fellow comedian Kerri Louise have three children and live in Stony Point.

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Tom Cotter, seen here in his Stony Point
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Tom Cotter, seen here in his Stony Point home, says that the local community was extremely supportive of his "America's Got Talent" run. "All those people were unbelievably supportive: voting, tweeting, texting -- doing everything they could,” Cotter said. “And our neighbors came to every single show [in Newark], and they could not have been nicer through the whole ordeal. We’re blessed to have really great neighbors.” (Dec. 12, 2012)

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Tom Cotter is pictured performing on "America's Got Talent."

Tom Cotter performs stand-up comedy on the seventh
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Tom Cotter performs stand-up comedy on the seventh season of "America's Got Talent."

From left, Tom Cotter, host Nick Cannon, Joe
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From left, Tom Cotter, host Nick Cannon, Joe Castillo and William Close during an episode of NBC's "America's Got Talent." Cotter took second place in the seventh season with canine act Olate Dogs taking the top prize.

Comedians and married couple Tom Cotter and wife
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Comedians and married couple Tom Cotter and wife Kerri Louise are photographed in their Stony Point home. Cotter is looking to land a TV show, and ending up in New York City would be ideal for Louise. "[I’m hoping for] something stable, like a 9-to-5 type thing, so he’s not on the road all the time,” said Louise, who has sacrificed part of her comedy career to raise their three kids. “He’s worked so hard on the road, all the time, doing cruises just to pay the bills. We don’t see him that much, and it takes a toll on the kids, on me.” (Dec. 12, 2012)

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Like her husband, Tom Cotter, Kerri Louise has
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Like her husband, Tom Cotter, Kerri Louise has been working the stand-up comedy circuit for years. “There are a lot of comics out there, my wife included, that are kind of below the radar,” Cotter said. “And there are so many of us out there -- some, dear friends of ours -- that just haven’t had that opportunity. The key is the opportunity, and ["America's Got Talent"] gave me an opportunity.” (Dec. 12, 2012)

Although he took second place on
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Although he took second place on "America's Got Talent," comedian Tom Cotter still feels lucky to have had the experience. "I didn’t win a penny,” Cotter said. “I didn’t win $1 million. But I feel like I did.” (Dec. 12, 2012)

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