June 27, 2009

VIDEO: Josh Blue, Cerebral Palsy Comic

VIDEO: Josh Blue, Cerebral Palsy Comic

Josh Blue was the winner on the fourth season of Last Comic Standing, where his personality was as endearing as his material was hilarious. Every competitive program has sentimental favorites, but here was a case where the person everyone was rooting for was also clearly the funniest person in the room.

Much of Josh’s act is naturally centered upon his disability, where he takes turns mocking his own limitations and exposing the ignorance of people who treat palsy sufferers like they are simpletons. He’s so genuinely accommodating and hilarious about the consequences of his physical limitation that you forget you are basically laughing at the misadventures of a cripple…until he slyly reminds you that you’re all going to hell for doing just that. (Really, aside from Sean Rouse, what comic could go there without getting attacked by the audience?).

Good Josh, Bad Arm (Josh’s first CD) contains some of the routines he debuted on Last Comic Standing. Being stared at constantly, cripple pick-up lines, cops always thinking he’s being drunk (”you should have seen them try to handcuff me!”), being drunk (Mom asks “Josh, are you walking straighter?”), the joys of riding on the city bus, and his adventures with the US Paralympic Soccer Team (”there is nothing more entertaining than watching twelve guys with Cerebral Palsy run through an airport!“) And since he takes his own shots at himself (like when he compares himself to a human Muppet), his attacks on those who condescendingly patronize are that much funnier.

VIDEO: Josh Blue, Cerebral Palsy Comic

Posted at June 27, 2009 2:34 AM

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