Chris Cotton, the well-known Philadelphia-based comedian, has died at the age of 32. Cotton’s tragic passing was confirmed through various posts on the comedian’s Facebook page on December 11. Cotton’s cause of death has not been made public at the time of writing.
In the book, Cotton wrote about his father working as an inner-city teacher and striving to be a positive force for the community in South Philadelphia while also trying to work his family out of poverty.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cotton Said His Motto Was, ‘If You Stay Ready, You Don’t Have to Get Ready’
Cotton was a graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Bok Edward AVTS. Cotton has appeared on Comedy Central in the past. He regularly appeared at The Comedy Works Bristol and The Raven Lounge. On his Facebook page, Cotton joked, “If you need a writer, I’m right here.”
Cotton wrote on his Facebook About section, “Comedian Then, Now, and Whenever. Working hard for small victories. So one day, I can work harder for bigger victories.” Cotton wrote in the bio that he began performing stand-up comedy in his home city of Philadelphia. Cotton lists his set topics as being pop culture, current events, being a newlywed, and growing up in the city. Cotton notes that he has worked with some of comedy’s biggest names including Kevin Hart and Hannibal Burress. Cotton gives his favorite quote as, “If you stay ready, You don’t have to get ready.”
2. In Addition to Performing, Cotton Taught at the Philadelphia Comedy College
Cotton performed on December 9 at Tattooed Mom’s in Philadelphia. He was due to host a comedy showcase at City Winery in Philadelphia on January 3. In addition to performing, Cotton taught classes at the Philadelphia Comedy College.
Cotton had appeared in and wrote the TV movie “Diwal’oween” in 2017 as well as writing on the TV show, “Every Damn Day” on Comedy Central in 2018, according to his IMDb page. Variety named Cotton as one of the members of Comedy Central’s Creators Program digital team in April 2018.
3. Cotton Lost His Mother to MS in 2013
Cotton told the Philadelphia Voice in January 2015 that he divided his home between Brooklyn and Philly. Cotton described the Raven Lounge has being like a second home as his mother became sicker and sicker. She eventually passed away due to MS in 2013.
4. Cotton’s Wife Is Due to Give Birth to the Couple’s Child in February 2020
Cotton married his wife, Ericalynn, in May 2011. Ericalynn is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in February 2020.
Cotton said in a 2009 interview that he had his first stand-up set while he was in college. Cotton said, “I was booed my entire first set. The second time I went up, I was only booed 75% of the time. When I’m on the stage, I want it to feel like you’re sitting with me at a table at the bar. I want it to come off like a conversation. But it’s going to be a bad conversation because I’m the one doing all the talking.”
5. Cotton’s Death Has Led to an Outpouring of Emotion From His Contemporaries & His Fans
As news of Cotton’s death spread across the comedy world, many of his contemporaries, as well as fans, have taken to social media to express their collective grief. Here are some of the most poignant messages of remembrance: