Josh Blue is a comedian. He has cerebral palsy which forms the basis for much of his self-deprecating humor. He won first place on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in its fourth season. He has appeared in a number of comedy specials on Comedy Central, Showtime, Bravo and Netflix and has been featured in several publications including People Magazine, The New York Times and NPR. His YouTube videos have been viewed millions of times. He was also a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team.
Some interesting insights from this episode:
- Learn how he didn’t try to run or hide from his cerebral palsy but rather, made it an integral part of his comedy early on.
- A turning point in his life was spending a year in Senegal and coming to appreciate how fortunate he was to just have food, clothing and shelter.
- Hear about his crazy experiment living in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo for a day.
- It takes most comedians years to refine their material to get a good 10 minute act but Josh had that “it factor” (i.e. stage presence and likeability) from day one.
- “A joke is just a story with all the extra words taken out.”
- He is so talented and spontaneous on stage that he never has to write down any of his material. He tests new material “on the fly” during live performances.
- “Excellence is being so in tune with what you’re doing that nobody can touch it.”