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A highly rated stand-up comedian, much sought-after guest on TV programs, a gifted artist and star of the US Paralympics Soccer team, Josh Blue offers both entertainment and a very valuable lesson in overcoming adversity (he has cerebral palsy).
Josh breaks through stereotypes and demonstrates what is wrong with preconceived notions of the “disabled.” With great good humor he turns the tables on those who show him condescension with his unique trademark “reverse teasing.”
A favorite performer on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Josh has also appeared on MSNBC, FOX News and Fox Sports. His work on the college circuit has earned him a nomination for Best Diversity Event by APCA, and he won $10,000 as Grand Prize Winner in the Royal Flush Comedy Competition at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.
Josh’s goal is to educate people to realize that those with disabilities are just as capable as anyone else, and in many cases more so.
Josh Blue has been a fast-rising star since first appearing on Comedy Central′s “Mind of Mencia” before gaining the attention and endearment of the country as a favorite on NBC′s “Last Comic Standing”. Josh is a diverse and triumphant individual – hilarious stand-up comedian, stand-out guest star on television, talented artist, and stellar U.S. Paralympic Soccer player – refusing to bow to any of the challenges that come from living with Cerebral Palsy.
Blue jokes, “I realize that people are going to stare so I want to give them something to stare at.” Josh uses his incredible sense of humor and versatile persona to defy stereotypes and encourage others to overcome their preconceived notions about people who are considered “disabled”. His unique brand of “reverse teasing” affords him the great joy of “humbling condescending people”.
Josh′s stand-out performances at the 2004 Las Vegas Comedy Festival earned him $10,000 as Grand Prize Winner of the Royal Flush Comedy Competition. He has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, FOX News, and Fox Sports Net. In 2005, Josh emerged as a major force on the college circuit with Main Stage Showcases that garnered rave reviews and helped earn him a nomination for Best Diversity Evert of 2006 by APCA. A Lewis & Clark College programmer remarked “Not only did Josh Blue receive a standing ovation, but he was the funniest comedian of the entire three day convention”.
From comedy clubs and theater engagements to college campuses and corporate events, wherever he takes the stage Josh elicits a wildly appreciative crowd response. His uncanny ability to improvise with any audience coupled with comedic timing rarely found in a performer of his age has enabled Josh to rapidly develop a fan base across the country. His rise is perhaps best described by a well known club owner following a recent show when he exclaimed: “Josh is rolling like a ROCK STAR!”
Josh Blue performs a knockout set during a comedy competition. Answering a female heckler who calls him ‘hot,’ he says, “Why thank you sir. I don't know which show you think you've come to, but I'm not that guy, okay?"
Playing with audience preconceptions of appearance, Josh says, “I know I look homeless. No, I just look dirty, I know. I took two showers today and I still ****ing look like this!"
Reflecting on the peculiarities of perception, he explains, “That's a hell of a reality check, when someone thinks you're homeless. The weird thing is I've been on television, so people know who I am sometimes, but then they still think I'm homeless!"
Josh Blue entertains his audience at the Living Well With A Disability conference. Talking of his journey to the venue, he says, “ I was standing at the airport and in the bin where they take all the liquid they steal off you there was a bottle of ketchup, nearly all finished. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in that guy's house… they can take away my freedom, but they ain't taking away my ketchup. I done drunk as much of it is I could, can't let them win…"
Employing his usual irreverent style, Scott says, “These gigs are some of the strangest ones I do, most people get it, some people just sit there with their arms folded, they're like ‘Inappropriate.’ Yeah, that's why that sh*t's funny! It always works!"
Explaining what to do if you find him offensive, Scott goes on, “If you find swearing offensive, just look at it this way; I just have really well timed Tourette's."
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