Josh Thomas

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Josh is a comedian (hopefully.) He is surprisingly popular, if you take into account his face and personality. He has more than 200,000 twitter followers and 240,000 Facebook fans.

Josh was a regular favourite on Network Ten’s Good News Week, made a clumsy but OK appearance on ABC’s QandA, hosted the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and was the Generation Y Team Captain on Network Ten’s Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation. In 2013 the show he wrote and starred in, Please Like Me, which premiered on ABC2. He will also make a long-awaited return to the stage when his Douchebag tour hits the road.

His podcast ‘Josh Thomas and Friend’ is the most popular independent Podcast in Australia (when he bothers to make it). Josh started as a stand-up comedian picking up the gong for the Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer at the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his first ever solo stand-up show, Please Like Me. His 2010 show, Surprise, was nominated for the prestigious Barry Award for most outstanding show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. In 2012 Josh wrote and starred in his own series, Please Like Me, which premiered on ABC2 in February 2013. The six-part series is a wonderfully awkward and honest comedy drama that draws on Josh’s stand up and life.

The Weekend Australian said that Please Like Me was a “..very clever coming-of-age comedy… He really is quite a singular talent and may just turn into one of our great TV stars.” Before he had his very own series Josh appeared several times on The Project, was a regular favourite on Network Ten’s Good News Week, performed stand up on Rove, made a clumsy but OK appearance on ABC’s QandA, hosted the prestigious televised 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and found his way into every second lounge room as the Generation Y Team Captain on Network Ten’s hit show Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation. In 2010, he was nominated for a TV Week Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent and won the GQ Comedian of the Year Award.

He has sold out rather large solo seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Opera House as well as performing at the invitation only festivals Smithwicks Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland and the Geel Comedy Festival in Belgium. He was also the curator of the Brisbane Comedy Festival for its first two years. In 2013 he is hitting the road again with a new live show, Douchebag, which will tour Australia and take Josh to Edinburgh for the Fringe.

An audio recording of Josh’s 2009 stand-up show, Things I’ve Said Before was in the Top 10 on Australian iTunes the week of its release and his 2010 stand-up show was released on DVD, and was nominated for Best Comedy Release at the 2011 ARIA Awards. He really enjoys cooking. He was on ‘Celebrity Masterchef’ but his Italian Meringue didn’t work. Later in 2012 he was on Foxtel’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me on the Lifestyle Channel. He has a dumb accent, he knows he has a dumb accent. There is probably no need to bring it up.

After making his mark as an award-winning and hugely successful stand-up comedian and television panelist, Josh Thomas turned his hand to writing, acting and co-executive producing his own television show for ABC TV, inspired by his life and his comedy, called Please Like Me.

When Participant Media in the US chose to launch its brand new Pivot television network with Please Like Me and to co-commission a second season with ABC TV, Josh was on his way to being an international success story.

He has been awarded by the Australian Academy (AACTA) and the Australian Writers Guild for his writing for Please Like Me, and has been nominated for AACTA and Logie Awards for his performances in the show. In addition, the show itself has won Best Comedy at the AACTA Awards and been nominated as Best Comedy at the International Emmy Awards, Rose d’Or Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Logie Awards. The show has gained critical acclaim across the globe, and has been named as one of the best TV shows of year by Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Time, The A.V. Club and the Los Angeles Times.

Following on from the show’s success in both Australia and the US, Please Like Me has also been licensed to air in Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, Finland and Israel.


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