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Success Stories Within The IDD Community: Josh Blue

Josh Blue is an American comedian. He lives with cerebral palsy, but instead of letting that hinder him, he uses his disability as fuel for his comedy work.

Early Life:

Josh Blue was born on November 27, 1978, in Cameroon, which is a country in Central Africa. During that time his family was living in Cameroon because his father was a teacher during a mission in Africa. After his family returned from Cameroon, Blue spent his childhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For high school, he attended Como Park Senior High School. For college, he attended Evergreen State College where he graduated with a degree in creative writing. This is where he started his career as a comedian. During his college years, he volunteered at a zoo in Senegal, a country in West Africa. The zoo was called Parc de Hahn. One day, for a joke, Blue locked himself in an uninhabited animal exhibit. Throughout the day, he watched as spectators threw bananas and peanuts at him as if he was an animal. 

Career Success:

While attending college at Evergreen State College, Blue started to attend open mic nights for comedy. These were a huge success for him! Every time he went he received large amounts of laughter and applause from the audience. In 2002, Blue won the Comedy Works New Talent Search contest. He has been on Comedy Central’s television series Mind of Mencia on multiple occasions. In 2004, he won first place at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival’s Royal Flush Comedy Competition.

In 2006, Blue hit his big break when he won the reality show on NBC called Last Comic Standing. After this, he was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He was the first comedian to perform stand-up on her show. He also appeared on shows like Live with Regis and Kelly and Comics Unleashed. In 2009, Blue acted in a horror movie called Feast III: The Happy Finish. During 2010, he was awarded the 13th best comedian by viewers of Comedy Central’s Stand-up Comedy Showdown. In 2011, he moved up two places and was awarded the 11th best comedian by the watchers of Comedy Central’s Stand-up Comedy Showdown. 

Current Day:

Today, Blue lives in Denver, Colorado with his two kids, Simon and Seika, and his girlfriend. Blue still performs in various comedy clubs around the nation. In fact, this past July, he performed at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Be sure to check out our previous success story featuring Isabella Springmuhl Tejada and a similar success story featuring Nick Vujicic!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Blue

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2333144/

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/cultural_attache/2013/10/meet-denvers-josh-blue-movie-star.html?page=all 

https://comedyworks.com/comedians/josh-blue

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