Josh Blue often makes jokes about his cerebral palsy. He understands it probably inspires people. He sees a lot of people with disabilities in the audience.
But at the core of what he does is for that feeling when people laugh.
“I like telling jokes. It’s just fun,” the comedian told WFLA before his show at Side Splitters in Tampa Thursday. “The fact people take inspiration or whatever it is they find through humor, or my humor, is cool.”
Blue was already an up-and-comer on the college circuit but his career took a turn for even more success when he won season four of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
“Since winning Last Comic Standing, everything has changed,” Blue said. “I go outside and people recognize me about every eight feet or so.”
It means a demanding life. He does about 200 shows now all across the country, all while playing the role of dad to two children, a 4-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy at the family’s home in Denver.
“Two kids, one good hand,” he said as he smiled. “You do that math, bro.”
He said people with disabilities often approach him.
“It’s not just cerebral palsy either. It’s a broader spectrum than that,” he said. “People don’t realize that disabled people are the largest minority group on the planet and we’re also the only minority group that you can join at any time.”
Even though he’s been on stage hundreds of times, including appearances in front of national televised audiences, Josh Blue still gets nervous.
“I had a good friend tell me in college if you don’t get nervous before you perform, there’s something wrong because it means that you don’t care,” he said. “You should be nervous. You’re on stage, by yourself, in front of hundreds of people.”
But he said it’s an amazing feeling.
“Get up on stage by yourself with a microphone in front of a sold out show. I mean, come on. You can’t top that with anything except being a father,” he said. “When I’m up there, I’m in charge. I get to be who I want to be and say what I want to say and you have to listen because I have the microphone.”
Josh is appearing at Side Splitters until Saturday night. All shows are expected to sell out.