HUMOUR PAYS OFF FOR JOSH
Australian comedian and YouTube sensation Josh Wade is part of an emerging breed of new media performers who have their worldwide audiences in fits of laughter.
Josh began creating content online in 2007 at the age of 13. At 15, he had his first stand-up gig at an Irish pub in Townsville in a bid to hone his craft before moving to Sydney in pursuit of a long-term career.
Last year, Josh performed his debut show I’m Josh Wade at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival, receiving rave reviews for 33 sold-out shows.
He is listed in the Top 100 Australian YouTubers and has developed one of the largest comedy fanbases in Australia, with a combined 850,000 subscribers and 20 million hits across all platforms.
But the journey to laughter hasn’t come without hard work.
“One of the reasons I was so determined to get this going and make sure it became a career was because so many people told me ‘no, you can’t do comedy, get real’,” says Josh. ‘‘No one was really supportive, many thought it was a phase.
“But I needed to go through those tough moments because I didn’t want to spend three years doing crap gigs. So I paid my dues early to get a headstart because I was so committed.”
Josh says he got much of his inspiration from observing people and reflecting on the mundane, normal things in life.
“I spend a lot of time by myself and I am quite a quiet person, contrary to my stage character,” he says. “I have always liked comedians who can use things I wouldn’t necessarily think are funny and give them a different light and perspective.
“I have my own crazy stories but what connects with audiences the most is everyday life because we often already know the backstory and generally the scenarios could have happened to anyone.”
Comedian Josh Wade has worked hard for success.