After viewing hundreds of stand up comedy acts, one eventually realizes that there are as many ways to be funny as there are people, but that the true stand-outs share a common trait. World famous comics like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, etc. all took their most unique and quirky characteristics and unabashedly amplified them for full comedic effect. Comedians by nature seek love and acceptance from their audiences and one frequently gets the sense that comics are trying harder to be liked than truly unleashing a comedic passion. The true masters, however, are less concerned about acceptance and are more focused on a no-holds-barred expression of their talents.
Twenty-three year old Josh Androsky was at first glance mistaken for just another “please like me” comedian when he performed at The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd in April. Dressed crisply in a suit and tie, he looked like an attorney with serious information to relay and his delivery, although entertaining, seemed somewhat restrained. In a May 6 appearance at the Pig ‘N Whistle on Hollywood Blvd, however, Josh was an entirely different man and a more edgy comedian. Dressed down with a t-shirt, leather jacket and baseball cap, Josh’s persona leapt from the stage and the restraint and self-containment witnessed one month earlier were gone. His voice and movements were amplified, and he owned the stage instead of merely occupying it. His delivery was passionate and unapologetic and the audience adored every minute of the Pig ‘N Whistle Josh.
Some of Josh’s most entertaining material derived from his Jewish background and his hipster tendencies. By the end of the night he had many in the audience convinced that Jesus died so we could gamble and masturbate and that anyone could play mix-and-match-to-create-a-hipster. His closing comments on why we really shouldn’t live every day like it’s out last drew big laughs, as well, but the most compelling material related to the unique character who stepped out of a constricting suit and into his own comfortable skin, Josh Androsky.
Twenty-three is very young, but Josh is already a burgeoning master of his art and his career will be one to follow for comedy connoisseurs. He is in a sketch comedy group called Giggle Factory with comedy partner Levi Harris and is co-creator of TubGirl Productions. Josh can be seen in upcoming appearances at The Comedy Store at 8:00 p.m. on May 27 and at On The Rox (above The Roxy Theatre) at 10 p.m. on May 29.