Living with cerebral palsy, Josh Blue was aware of the stares he received. But rather than shy away, the bushy, bearded St. Paul native decided "to give them something to stare at." Blue's struggle to live with his illness has become the bedrock of his stand-up routine, which has been featured on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia and NBC's Last Comic Standing. Known for a technique he calls "reverse teasing," Blue composes and masters a set of material and then improvises around it, often including audience members in his act to endear them to him. His instinct to tease rises as a sort of defense mechanism. But there isn't much Blue should feel defensive about. More than simply living with cerebral palsy, Blue has risen to the challenge of playing on the U.S. Paralympic Soccer team.
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