Reece hails from Boston, Massachusetts.
Her latest stand-up comedy routine draws from her experiences as a granddaughter, dog owner, and African American lesbian from the big city with strong Mississippi roots. Cotton comes from a proud military family and is the descendant of church founders and entrepreneurs. While off tour, she enjoys making funny videos with her 125 pound pit-bull, whom she adores. In addition to growing her comedy businesses, Cotton presently works in the gig economy sector. It's been assumed that Cotton's life is fairly straight forward, until you factor-in that she also went to high school in China. If you've ever been to one of her shows, then you've probably heard her joke in Mandarin Chinese.
After graduating from Tufts University, Cotton settled into a traditional career in technology solutions but the 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 didn't go as planned, she tried again the very next night and has never looked back.
Cotton effortlessly fuses humor with controversy
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 was featured as a "Rising Star" alongside her colleagues at 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 about a year's time, Cotton got back to the bigger stages and opened for comedic rock star Michael Blackson, in front of two thousand people at The Strand Theatre. Cotton was a panelist and featured performer for the 2021 United Kingdom's Funny Women Around The World virtual conference. Last year, Cotton returned to Gotham Comedy Club and featured in the 2022 Black Women In Comedy Laugh Fest. During the festival, Reece produced her second tri-state installation of Comics Rising™ at New York Comedy Club in East Village.
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 amassed thousands of followers and has well surpassed a million views across her social media platforms. 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 & Boston Health Care For The Homeless Program. 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 credits her success to hard work and the unwavering support of family, friends and to those who took the time to mentor her in comedy.
New date for Cotton's debut comedy album recording to be announced.
Kevin Hart • Comedy Central
Hart Of The City - Dec 2017 (aired)