Josh Blue was about to board a plane to come perform in Myrtle Beach last September when Hurricane Florence decided to change his plans and shut the city down.
This week, the comedian will perform the rescheduled shows at Comedy Cabana, a venue he loves to visit.
“I’m glad I can come and fulfill the show,” he said. “I’ve been coming to the Comedy Cabana for many years. It’s so rare to have a mom and pop comedy club anymore. It’s one of the last strongholds.”
Blue got his start in comedy while he was in college, telling jokes during open mic nights that he said were geared more towards poetry and music.
“It was a hit,” Blue said. “People liked my jokes right away.”
The comedian attended a small liberal arts college and was able to create some of his own courses, studying stand up comedy during his senior year.
“I like to say that I’m one of the only people who works in the field they studied in college,” he said.
Blue is influenced by a variety of comedians.
“Growing up, Chris Rock was always my number one guy,” he said. “I really love Mitch Hedberg. He was a master of words. He only put out a few comedy albums in his lifetime, but I can still listen to them all and laugh.”
Blue rose to fame as a contestant on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” reality competition.
“It was definitely a rollercoaster ride,” he said. “I feel like I was born to do this. I was just having fun and doing what I loved to do. I had the public eating out of my hands.”
After winning the show, Blue said he’s been doing “nearly 200 shows a year.”
“My fans trust me and trust that I’ll take them to a funny place,” he said. “When I get a joke that makes a whole room laugh, there’s nothing better than that.”
When asked what makes him laugh, Blue cited his family and friends as well as his peers in the industry.
“My kids make me laugh. I have lots of close friends that I find very funny,” he said.
While comedy is a competitive industry, Blue said “there are so many different ideas of what funny is. There’s room for everybody.”
Blue said many of his jokes come from the “Did that just happen?” moments he experiences in daily life.
“I attract strange people. I think that reflects in my material,” he said. “I’m not often wanting for material. It comes to me.”
Blue just recorded his fifth comedy album, which he said is a big accomplishment at 40.
“I just feel like I keep getting better,” he said. “You can never learn it all.”
Blue lives in Denver, Colorado, with his family. Outside of comedy, he has many passions.
“I do artwork. I do paintings, drawings and sculpture,” he said. “I have a three month art show coming up at a gallery here in Denver. This will be my sixth art show.”
One of the mediums Blue works in is wood, carving large African masks, “which may sound strange, but I grew up in Africa,” he said.
Blue played on the United States Paralympic soccer team and now enjoys playing soccer with his kids.
He also enjoys spending time outdoors.
“I love nature,” Blue said. “I’ve got some land here in Colorado that I get up to as often as I can.”
Comedian Manny Oliveira will be performing with Blue at Comedy Cabana this week. The two comedians are “good buddies,” Blue said.
“I met Manny at this club and we’ve been best friends ever since. Seeing him will be an adventure in itself. He wants to take me to some virtual golf course,” Blue said.
Blue plans to take some time for relaxation and exploration during his time in Myrtle Beach, too.
“My girlfriend’s coming with me and it’s her birthday, so I plan to take her out for some nice meals and enjoy as much beach time as we can handle,” he said.
Blue will perform March 21-23 at Comedy Cabana, with shows Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach, right near Restaurant Row.
Visit comedycabana.com or call 843-449-4242 for more information.