Breakout star comedian Tom Cotter, of “America’s Got Talent” fame, brings his high-energy, rapid-fire stand-up to the local stage. Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing as runner-up and becoming a household name from Season 7 of NBC’s hit talent showcase. In January 2019, Cotter was again invited back to the AGT stage — this time to perform against the best of the best “Got Talent” performers from other years and around the world in “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” In one of the most talked-about sets of the entire competition, Cotter received a standing ovation. He, of course, has plenty of other TV and radio credits, and is a popular headliner on the club circuit. Cotter also authored “Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful Parenting” (Willow Street Press) in February 2016, which is a collection of jokes, gags, one-liners and pithy bad advice for fed-up parents everywhere. It is this kind of versatility that has enabled him to excel in other areas of showbiz as well, always giving it everything he’s got. As Cotter says, “If laughter is the best medicine, I yearn to be drugged.”
Friday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. $35-$45. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.
Old Westbury Gardens hosts an afternoon of family adventure at its annual KidsFest extravaganza. The event, geared to ages 3-10, features an extensive schedule of fun, educational activities sure to delight kids and their parents. Everyone is invited to participate in interactive lessons, arts and crafts and games, among other programming. Families will also enjoy a high-energy performance by Latin Grammy Award winner Mister G, who is sure to get everyone up and dancing, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Explore over 20 interactive stations, including a 25’ climbing wall, bulb planting, conservation water wheel, stick horse polo races, and more. Many Long Island organizations will also be participating, with hands-on activities and displays: Astronomical Society of Long Island, The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, Friends of the Hempstead Plains, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Westbury Arts, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, Bailey Arboretum, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Long Island Aquarium, and the Science Museum of Long Island, among others.
Sunday, Sept. 22, 12-4 p.m. $12, $10 seniors and students, $7 children 7-17. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. (516) 333-0048 or www.oldwestburygardens.org.