HU­MOUR PAYS OFF FOR JOSH

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY LIVE & LOUD -

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.

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