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Denver’s Josh Blue Needs Your Vote on America's Got Talent

Denver comic Josh Blue proves America's Got Talent.
Denver comic Josh Blue proves America's Got Talent. @nicklarsonphotography
You might remember Denver comedian Josh Blue from his victorious 2006 turn on the stage of Last Comic Standing. Or from his many popular appearances here at Comedy Works Downtown. Or maybe you caught him killing it on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Or heard him on NPR or Mark Maron’s podcast. Or read about him in People magazine or the New York Times. Or maybe you heard about him through any of the other bazillion venues the guy has booked in recent years. Let’s face it: Josh Blue is one busy dude.

And now he — and his comedy — need some hometown support as he competes in NBC’s reality competition America’s Got Talent. Judges Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandell and Terry Crews have seen him rise through the ranks of the sixteenth season, and tonight, Tuesday, September 7, voters at home will determine who advances to the final round based on live voting. The program airs locally on KUSA Channel 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Blue is looking to join the ranks of those acts already named as finalists on August 31: aerialist Aidan Bryant, magician Dustin Tavella, comedian Gina Brillon, musician Jimmie Herrod, and the World Taekwondo Demo Team.

“It’s amazing to be back in this position to be contentedly doing comedy," Blue says of his most recent TV adventures. "I love it. It’s my element, and I feel very comfortable on the show.”

Blue’s press is fond of saying that “Josh is not a cerebral palsy comic; he’s a comic who happens to have cerebral palsy.” And certainly, it’s one of Blue’s goals to inspire others with similar challenges. “If I won this,” Blue says, “it would be such a huge step for the disabled community. It would put us in the limelight again. It would show that me winning Last Comic Standing wasn’t a fluke, and that people with disabilities can achieve amazing heights.”
Blue has a strong track record of proving exactly that. Even before his remarkably successful comedy career, he represented the United States in eight countries as a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team, culminating in an appearance at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. Blue hastens to add that the team didn’t do well at the 2004 games, joking that it was “thoroughly disgraced” by “not scoring a single goal.”

But that was a long time back. Now, Blue is first and foremost a comedian. And a Denver comedian, specifically. “Comedy Works Downtown is my main spot, and it’s where I go on my off nights to hang out with friends.” He also mentions other favorite haunts: “the Skylark, maybe because I’m invested in it; Red Rocks to see shows; and I like the Denver Zoo a ton.”

“Denver is home to me,” Blue says. “It’s my everything. It’s where my children are, where my lady lives, where I have my house. Honestly, I wish I could bring more of Colorado with me everywhere. It might make these other places a little better.”

So Blue is out there killing the comedy game, scoring goals for the disabled community and representing the best of Denver at the same time. Want to show your support for him and his work?

“Keep watching America’s Got Talent,” Blue says. “And please vote!”

Josh Blue will compete in the semi-final round of America’s Got Talent at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, on NBC. For more on Blue, check out his website.
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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