‘Upping the game’ Comedian Josh Wolf’s show is a ‘changing piece of art’

Comedian, actor and writer.

That’s just a short list of the talents of Josh Wolf.

One could add husband and father to the list.

It’s also a list that Wolf is incredibly proud of – and it’s taken a lot of hard work to get there.

Comedian Josh Wolf will perform three shows at The Stage at Santa Ana Star. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

“Every night when I get off stage, I take a moment to think, ‘This is my job. Oh, my God,’ ” he says in a recent phone interview. “I know how lucky I am and for sure don’t ever take it for granted.”

Wolf will perform three shows at The Stage at Santa Ana Star beginning today.

The shows will be his first in New Mexico.

“It has taken me a long time to get out there,” he says. “There aren’t too many comedy clubs in New Mexico. I’m hoping I get the opportunity to come back after this round.”

If you know Wolf’s work, you might say he’s everywhere.

He was often a regular guest on the series “Chelsea Lately,” as well as being a guest on “After Lately.”

He also was a finalist on the fourth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” as well as roles on “My Name is Earl” and “Raising Hope.”

Wolf also spent some time on the New York Times best-seller list with his 2013 book, “It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions From an Unprepared Single Dad.” The book told Wolf’s adventures as a struggling stand-up comedian, while being a single parent in Los Angeles.

Today, he tries to find balance in his life.

He’s married to filmmaker Bethany Ashton Wolf.

“Everything we have to do becomes part of the routine,” he says. “It doesn’t ever get easy to leave home. My wife is incredibly understanding, because she can be gone for months at a time too. It works for us.”

Wolf is known for his honest look at daily life.

He is constantly challenging himself by not getting complacent, which means writing daily.

“The set is always constantly moving and is a changing piece of art, because it has to be,” he says. “In today’s world, there’s so much competition from my peers. They keep upping the game, and as a touring comedian, I have to do the same thing. Back in the 1980s, comedians were able to tour for years with one set. Once your set is recorded by an audience, I feel that I have to change up my set and come up with new jokes. It’s constant work.”

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