Carolines breakout artist: Josh Spear

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Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Josh Spear’s show at Carolines on May 18. More ticket info here.

World famous comedy venue Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine have joined forces to present the Breakout Artist Comedy Series. Each Tuesday, at Carolines in New York City, an emerging stand-up comedy star will headline their own show and prove just why they’ve been quietly building a name for themselves in the national comedy scene.

And since we here at Punchline Magazine are all about exposing the best comedians – well-known or not – we’ll be profiling each comedian taking part in the Carolines series each week. So let’s get to this week’s headliner: Josh Spear!

Josh Spear built and defined himself as an original voice in stand-up comedy in New York City and performing in all the venues New York has to offer, as well acting in sketches on shows such as Conan O’ Brien & The Chris Rock show.

Needing a life change, Spear headed to Sydney, Australia where he instantly started headlining the local clubs and appearing on The Comedy Channels Headliners, Fox’s The Joint, NBC’s music video show Ground Zero, where he wrote and performed ads/sketches for Sony Corporation and Liquor Land. While working out of Oz Josh toured Asia and Australia doing standup.

After returning to the United States and reestablishing himself in New York, Josh toured the US on the Finding Tom tour, appearing in every single one of the Improvisation Comedy Clubs in under thirty days. He recently appeared on the Internet’s Comedy Net and SiTV plus Anthony Anderson’s Mixed Tape show. This year, Josh made appearances on CBS’s the early Show and NBC’s the Today Show and radio’s 1010 Wins.

Not including at a comedy club or comedy event, tell us about a time where being a comedian came in handy.
Everywhere I go, sandwich shop,pep boys,coffie shops, im living the almost almost almost (3 almosts) famous life style.

Who do you think are the breakout artists of the next few years?
Me and some other people and Barack Obama

You left NY a few years back to pursue stand up in Australia. Did you have to write a whole new act? Did the audiences find you to be exotic and enticing?
It didn’t change a thing they have 33% USA TV, 33% Australian TV and 33% English TV. The #1 rated shows when I was there was Everybody loves Raymond and Sex & the City…The woman thought I was exotic but I’m exotic here also cause I’m not a jock, or preppy or wear Khakis or go bald or fat.

You’re the host of the weekly Class Clowns Show at Carolines on Broadway as well as their 2010 Final Four Competition. How is hosting different than straight stand up? Do you prefer it?
More personality less structure. Hosting isn’t an act! Its me! I’m the best pound for pound, you need the style to make it work. But I like both doing sets and being an MC.

What’s next for Josh Spear? Where will you be in a few years?
HBO special, movies, TV, fame and continuing to answer interview questions obnoxiously.

Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Josh Spear’s show at Carolines on May 18. More ticket info here.

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