Josh Blue is back. The comedian who got his start in Denver went on to claim victory on NBC's Last Comic Standing, placed eleventh in Comedy Central's stand-up comedy showdown, and starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which first aired in March. And now he'll be at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street, for shows at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight. "Comedy Works is the best comedy club in the country," Blue says. "I might just be saying that because they're presenting me, but it's really fucking fun to play."
And Blue is fucking fun to watch: His work is ever-evolving, though he's best known for telling stories about his experience living with cerebral palsy, dealing with the disability with laughter rather than fear. His condition not only inspired the humor he calls "palsy punch," but it also landed him a slot on the U.S. Paralympic soccer team. Lately, though, Blue says, his work has been inspired by "my kids and my wife, all the usual random shit that happens to me every day."
The Comedy Central special was a substantial step forward for his career. "People always used to recognize me from Last Comic Standing," he notes. "Now people see me walking around and say, 'Hey, I saw you on Comedy Central,' which is great. It's been a really nice progression." But it's also nice to be back on his hometown stage, Blue says: "I'm just grateful to be cheering people up for a living."
Tickets to the show are $22; for more information, call 303-595-3637 or go to www.comedyworks.com.
Fri., Dec. 23, 8 & 10 p.m., 2011