Josh Thomas (comedian)
|Birth name||Joshua Michael Thomas|
26 May 1987 |
Blackwater, Queensland, Australia
|Medium||Stand-up, television, radio|
Joshua Michael "Josh" Thomas (born 26 May 1987) is an Australian comedian. In 2005, at the age of 17, he became the youngest ever winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Raw Comedy Competition. He appeared as a regular and Generation Y team captain on Network Ten's Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation. He also writes and stars in the ABC2 and Pivot television series Please Like Me.
Thomas was born in Blackwater, Queensland. He lived in Chapel Hill and Westlake in Brisbane's western suburbs and attended Kenmore State High School, graduating in 2004. He studied for a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Television at the Queensland University of Technology, but dropped out after one year.
In 2005, at the age of 17, Josh Thomas was the youngest ever winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy Award. He made the finals of So You Think You're Funny at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The following year, he was selected to perform in The Comedy Zone, a showcase of Australia's most promising up-and-coming comedians presented by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In 2007 Thomas' first solo show, "Please Like Me" debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where it received the Melbourne Airport Award for Best Newcomer. His live shows have toured both nationally and internationally, appearing in both Edinburgh and Montreal's comedy festivals. In 2010, Josh toured his coming-out themed stand-up show "Surprise", taking it to the Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 2011 saw Josh touring Everything Ever at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, among other locations.
Thomas has a podcast called Josh Thomas and Friend, available from iTunes, which features Josh and his comedian friends Melinda Buttle and Tom Ward. In November 2009 a second series of the podcast was released on iTunes, and the first series was deleted. The third series was released in 2011, and the second series was deleted as well.
In 2009, Thomas became a regular and Generation Y team captain on Network Ten's Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation. He also competed in Celebrity MasterChef Australia, but lost in the first heat to Kirk Pengilly of INXS.
In March 2011, Thomas hosted the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala event, which is held annually in support of Oxfam.
In February 2013 the television series Please Like Me, written by Thomas, debuted on ABC2. Participant Media's television network Pivot acquired the series for the US and premiered all six episodes as a binge marathon on August 1, 2013 to celebrate the channel's launch after premiering the first episode online. The initial six-part series is based on his stand-up comedy shows and stars Thomas as himself.
Josh has appeared several times on the ABC discussion panel program Q&A. In a program exploring mental health issues in rural areas, Josh challenged Federal MP Bob Katter's views on homosexuality and his previous declaration that there are no homosexuals in his electorate. Katter's refusal to consider the issues of gay young people in a discussion of suicide and mental health problems was received poorly by the audience and fellow panelists.
In November 2009, Thomas confirmed via his podcast that he was in a relationship with Triple J radio presenter Tom Ballard. They separated in June 2010 after 16 months of dating, with Ballard posting on his Facebook fanpage: "Josh and I aren't going out anymore. It's all pretty complicated, but basically I just decided that I have to follow my heart and get married to Mitch Hewer, Zac Efron, Daniel Radcliffe and Eamon Sullivan. We are still great friends though and it is all okay."
In 2010, Thomas was selected by readers of samesame.com.au as one of the 25 most influential gay Australians.
Josh also has an older sister, Nikki, and an older brother named Drew, who appeared on an episode of Talkin 'Bout Your Generation on 15 August 2010.
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