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Standing up to stereotypes: Josh Blue proves he’s more than just ‘the cerebral palsy comedian’

Comedian Josh Blue will perform four sets at The Stage at Santa Ana Star. (Courtesy of The Stage at Santa Ana Star)

It’s a cold and snowy day in Denver.

Josh Blue arrived home from running errands and is going to stay in the rest of the day.

“I hate this,” he says of the snow. “It’s been snowing for a while now, and I’m over it.”

Blue is half-kidding, because he knows living in Colorado comes with plenty of snow.

He’s also ready to head out on the road again and start performing stand-up comedy.

Blue will have four headline shows at The Stage at Santa Ana Star on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29.

Blue, like many other comedians, remains busy perfecting his craft.

After a stint on Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia,” he appeared on the NBC comedy competition series “Last Comic Standing.”

During that show, he became a fan favorite and took home the crown during the fourth season. It was also there where Blue refused to bow to any of the challenges that come from living with cerebral palsy.

This is why he’s determined to keep busy.

“Being a disabled comedian, a lot of the higher-ups only see me as a disabled comedian,” he says. “They know me as the cerebral palsy comedian. Yes, those are true. But I do over 200 shows a year, and I’ve been doing that since 2006. At this point, it’s just my life, and I prepare for each show in my own way.”

Blue recently finished a tour that included Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky with fellow comedian Ron White.

“It was just the two of us on tour,” he says. “It was a chance for me to work with some of my new material. I’m always working on something new and putting it into the mix. I recorded an hour special not too long ago.”

Blue says that his comedy is observational and that he’s learned to pay attention to everything.

He takes inspiration from the news as well as personal experiences.

“It’s like a free counseling session for me,” he says. “My experience is to also show where I’m coming from as a disabled person. Everybody has some type of disability.”

Although he gets topics from the news, Blue stays away from politics.

“Our country is so divided right now, you can’t say one thing without the other side taking offense to it,” he says. “I can’t really make a joke about it. I don’t mind offending people; I don’t want to do it in a dumb way. If I’m saying something controversial, I want you to learn something, and I want there to be deeper meaning.”

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