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“Enfant Terrible” Josh Thomas Bestows the Wilde Wit Award from Lockdown

Enfant Terrible Josh Thomas Bestows the Wilde Wit Award from Lockdown at the Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry

What do Tina Fey, Dan Levy, Issa Rae, Donald Glover and Australian wunderkind Josh Thomas all have in common? They’re all stellar comedians who’ve created, produced and starred in their own acclaimed sitcom—and won or were nominated for Dorian Awards! We loved Josh’s trenchant LGBTQ-friendly riff on Friends – that’d be Please Like Me – and now he’s championing marginalized voices again in his oh-so-witty, just-renewed Freeform hit — set in Kardashian country! — Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.
In 2005 he won the Melbourne International Comedy Festival‘s RAW Comedy Award. He made the finals of So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The following year, he was selected to perform in The Comedy Zone, a showcase of Australia’s most promising up-and-coming comedians presented by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

In 2007, Thomas’ first solo show, “Please Like Me” debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where it received the Melbourne Airport Award for Best Newcomer.[7] His live shows have toured both nationally and internationally, appearing in both Edinburgh and Montreal‘s comedy festivals.[8] In 2010, Thomas toured his coming-out themed stand-up show “Surprise”, taking it to the Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2011 saw him touring Everything Ever at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, among other locations

Thomas has a podcast called Josh Thomas and Friend, available from iTunes, which features Thomas and his comedian friends Mel Buttle and Tom Ward. In November 2009 a second series of the podcast was released on iTunes, and the first series was deleted. The third series was released in 2011, and the second series was deleted as well

In 2009, Thomas became a regular and Generation Y team captain on Network Ten‘s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.[11] He also competed in Celebrity MasterChef Australia, but lost in the first heat to Kirk Pengilly of INXS

In February 2013, the television series Please Like Me, written by Thomas, debuted on ABC2. Participant Media‘s television network Pivot acquired the series for the US and premiered all six episodes as a binge marathon on 1 August 2013 to celebrate the channel’s launch after premiering the first episode online.[13] The initial six-part series is based on his stand-up comedy shows and stars Thomas as himself.

In 2014, the series was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series.[14] For his work on the series, Thomas has won various accolades, including an AACTA Award for Best Television Screenplay in 2015.In 2015 it was short-listed for the Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting, New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award.

In 2018, Thomas created Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, a television comedy about a single guy (played by himself) in his twenties who stays in the United States, after his father dies, to take care of his teenage half-sisters. The show was given a pilot order by Freeform,[16] and was picked up to series.[17] The show premiered in January 2020, with Thomas starring, writing, and serving as the showrunner in the series.

 

 

 

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History-making, openly-gay Entertainer, Talk Show Host, Author and Producer.

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