Cotton effortlessly fuses humor with controversy and is one of the most sought-after comedians from Boston, Massachusetts.
Reece Cotton became a stand-up comedian in 2015 to cope with the loss of her younger brother Javonee. In honor of his memory, Cotton founded the Javonee Cotton Scholarship for Comedic Excellence. Cotton performs regularly at The Funny Bone Comedy Club and Caroline's on Broadway. She made her festival debut in 2016 and made her television debut in 2017 on Comedy Central's Hart Of The City with the legendary Kevin Hart. She made her international stand-up debut as a finalist in the 2018 Hong Kong International Comedy Festival and has been chosen as a Rising Star by the 2019 North Hollywood Comedy Festival. During the 2020 pandemic, Cotton stayed busy performing virtually and securing deals with industry titans from travel to tech, including Interactions LLC & TripAdvisor. In 2021, Cotton got back to the big stages and opened for comedy star Michael Blackson in front of two thousand people at The Strand Theatre.
Cotton founded a live stand-up series called Comics Rising; which delivers curated entertainment in celebration of empowering movements throughout her city and beyond. Comics Rising made it's festival debut in 2021. You can read more about her work in The Boston Globe or watch her journey on WCVB NewsCenter 5 CityLine Boston, American Broadcasting Company.
"Comedian Reece Cotton uses stand-up as comic relief from tragedy."
- Karen Holmes Ward, WCVB CityLine
Cotton's original comedy album recording debut Pitbull Pride was scheduled to take place at The Rozzie Square Theater in front of a live audience on Saturday, March 28th 2020. However, like much of the world, a global pandemic derailed those plans. Since that time, Cotton has amassed thousands of followers on Tik Tok and surpassed one million views across social media. In lieu of touring, Cotton's increasingly popular online presence has opened up new opportunities, such as sponsorships and passive content creator income. Cotton takes pride in using her platform to help raise awareness for social good, the most recent being Black Girls Code & Autism Speaks. Cotton also utilizes her talent, time and resources to help fundraisers, including those that support the LGBT+ community, most notably Howard Brown Health's 2021 ChiQ event.
Cotton's stand-up routine draws from her experiences as an African American woman from the big city with strong country roots. The daughter of a pastor and proud lesbian who adopted a 125 pound pit-bull, some would argue that Cotton's story couldn't possibly be anymore unique (until you factor in that she's lived in China). After graduating from Tufts University, Cotton worked in software development but the soul shattering loss of her younger brother landed her in a very dark place. It wasn't until Cotton took a leap of faith and agreed to tell jokes at a local nightclub that her bipolar depression began to subside. To the pleasant surprise of family members, even though Cotton's first attempt at comedy was poorly received, she tried again the very next night and has never looked back.
Cotton credits her success to hard work and the unwavering support of family and friends. Cotton gives special thanks to her mentors along the way.
New date for Cotton's debut comedy album recording to be announced.
Kevin Hart • Comedy Central
Hart Of The City - Dec 2017 (aired)
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