Louisiana native stays humble under biggest lights in stand-up comedy

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BR PROUD) — He’s got the dimples, he’s a native of Louisiana, and he’s one of the most streamed names across Comedy Central’s digital platforms. But ask Josh Johnson what it feels like to be a celebrity while on the heels of releasing a never-before-seen project, and he’ll humbly reply the realization has yet to strike.

“Once you believe that you’ve made it, you might stop trying a bit and you might just as easily unmake it,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s trajectory however, continues it’s upward flight. Outside of launching Elusive, a 33-track mixtape that interweaves original music and comedy, he’s also gearing up to record a one hour Comedy Central special, dedicated solely to his stand-up.

“I’m happy with where I am and things are going well. I’m very blessed and I’ve had a lot of opportunities,” said Johnson. “I’m just having fun.”

Debut music track from upcoming Mixtape ELUSIVE releasing June 11th, 2021.

Elusive is set to drop June 11 and is a joint effort with other performers from Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. “Basically over the pandemic, I took a collaboration that I was doing with them which was different genres of pop, R&B, funk and some old Negro spirituals and we basically built that into nine songs,” said Johnson.

Johnson also works for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he is an Emmy-nominated and NAACP award-winning writer.

The journey for this Alexandria native began in Chicago, after attending college in Shreveport. When asked what advice he has for other aspiring comics, he said it’s important to cast a wide net.

“It’s very easy to get discouraged, because you are going to hear a lot of noes,” said Johnson. “You want to make sure that you’re casting a wide net, so that even when you do hear some of those noes, you almost don’t notice them in between the three or four yeses.”

Johnson also suggests aspiring performers take advantage of social media. “Through the internet, you can definitely share whatever it is you have to say to people,” said Johnson.

More on Josh Johnson

Johnson’s other credits include, CONAN (TBS), @Midnight, Kevin Hart’s Hart of The City, The
New Negroes with Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle and This Week at The Comedy Cellar. Josh
released his short form series ‘GENIES’, co-created with Luke Mones, last year on CC Digital.
He has spent the last couple years touring the world with Trevor Noah as a part of the Loud &
Clear tour and he tapes his first hour special for Comedy Central, executive produced by Trevor
Noah, in New York later this year.

Johnson lives in New York and can be seen performing regularly at The Comedy Cellar. His
podcast, The Josh Johnson Show, releases weekly.

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