Comic Josh Blue comes to Silverthorne
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Of course, season four of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” helped Josh Blue’s reputation as a renowned comic. But it also had another very important result: It allowed him to stop constantly talking about the fact that he has cerebral palsy.
Comedy originally helped him deal with his disability. He learned he could make people laugh at an early age, so in college, he focused on stand-up (where he learned that “(comedy) is most enjoyed with pot and beer”), then, once he worked on joke writing, timing and acting out his gig to add more dimension, he moved on to Comedy Works in Denver. There, he often revolved his jokes around growing up with a disability, just to orient audiences.
But now that people know him through the 13 weeks he appeared on “Last Comic Standing,” he doesn’t feel like he has to talk about it much.
“I don’t have to explain stuff,” Blue said. “I have more freedom to move on.”
But he still acts as an inspiration for those with – and without – disabilities. He’s had plenty of people tell him that watching him has made them want to pursue their own dreams.
“I’m just so comfortable with who I am, I feel like you don’t have a right to not be comfortable with who I am,” Blue said. “Comedy helped me to take command of a room and make them laugh – who cares if I have a disability.”
In fact, his disability hasn’t affected his ability to master many talents, including painting and playing on the U.S. Paralympic soccer team, the latter of which has led him to competing in eight different countries. And, as he pointed out:
“It’s not just competing. It’s a battle. There’s no joking out there on the field. We’re playing probably harder than anyone else.”
When he takes a step back to consider the things he’s accomplished, he thinks it’s “pretty cool.”
And at age 31, he’s hardly finished.
“I want to be in a movie, continue being a good dad (he and his wife have a 2-year-old boy and 1-month-old girl), write a book – and I love nature,” he said. “I’m at a point in my life where I need to realign my goals. I have all these big dreams.”
In terms of painting, he’s working on a new style, which involves carving thick, dried paint.
Still, there’s at least a couple things most people take for granted, that he would like to master.
“Riding a bike is always a gamble,” he said. “The only thing I wish I could do is drive.”
But no matter what, comedy continues to motivate him.
“I love to make people laugh … It’s exhilarating,” he said. “When I’m on stage, nobody can tell me what’s right or wrong. I’m in control.”
And what people seem to like most about him is that he’s “just having a riot, and that comes across on stage.”
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