Josh Johnson is a storyteller, comedian, NAACP award-winning and Emmy-nominated writer from Alexandria, Louisiana (via Chicago). He is currently a writer on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and is a former writer and performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he made his late-night debut.
As a stand-up, Johnson was named Comedy Central’s “Comic to Watch” in 2015, a “New Face” at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in 2016 and ‘New York’s Funniest’ in 2018. He was named as one of Variety’s ‘Comics To Watch’ in 2021. His story “Catfishing the KKK” has amassed over 10 million views on YouTube and he is Comedy Central’s ‘most watched comedian ever’ with 40M+ views to date across their platforms. In 2017, Comedy Central released his half-hour special Comedy Central Stand Up Presents…Josh Johnson and his album I Like You on Comedy Central Records. In 2018 his quarter hour special, as part of The Comedy Lineup, was released on Netflix.
Johnson’s other credits include, CONAN (TBS), @Midnight, Kevin Hart’s Hart of The City, The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle and This Week at The Comedy Cellar. Josh released his short form series ‘GENIES’, co-created with Luke Mones, last year on CC Digital.
He tours the country with Trevor Noah and his first hour special #(HASHTAG) premiered on Comedy Central and Paramount Plus in the summer of 2021. The critically acclaimed special, executive produced by Noah, was named one of the best specials of 2021 by Vulture magazine and The NY Times. His self-released comedy and music mixtape album ELUSIVE, described by Vanyaland as “live stand-up observational humor with musical compositions. Both elements wade in and out of political and social waters between the two “arcs”of the multi-genre epic”, debuted June 2021.
Johnson lives in New York and can be seen performing regularly at The Comedy Cellar. His podcast ‘The Josh Johnson Show’ releases weekly.