Josh Thomas started his comedy career by winning Australia’s most prestigious stand-up comedy competition at age 17 . After several sell out tours and starring turns on TV panel shows, Josh turned his hand to writing, acting, and producing and has garnered glowing reviews and a swag of awards for his groundbreaking television comedies Please Like Me and Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.
Currently, Josh is working on Good Person, a series in development with Hulu & 20th, and he can be seen in as the creator, showrunner and star of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform, Hulu, Stan (Australia)). The series chronicles Josh as “Nicholas” –a neurotic twenty-something-year-old raising his teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the Autism spectrum, after their dad's untimely death and received widespread critical applause for its groundbreaking portrayal of neurodiverse characters and honest queer storytelling. In a recent profile with THE NEW YORKER, Josh shared that just last year he was diagnosed with Autism, and how Everything’s Gonna Be Okay helped him to understand and discover his own neurodiversity. The show has already earned various nominations including “Outstanding Comedy Series” at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards and a nomination at the 2020 Screen Music Awards for “Best Music for a Television Series or Serial.” In addition to his work in front of the camera, Josh served as a director.
In 2019, Josh performed his first live stand-up show in six years, Whoopsie Daisy, which sold out in many cities across the U.S and Australia, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Sydney, with his US touring cut short by the pandemic. Personal and hilarious, the show explored Josh’s attempts to make sense of his neurodiversity and the dating scene in his adopted home of LA at the same time.
Josh’s first television series, Please Like Me, is a world-renowned queer anthem and was inspired by Josh’s own life. Josh, created, starred in and co-executive produced the series with the ABC (Australia). Over four critically acclaimed seasons, Please Like Me was nominated for an International Emmy Award, GLAAD Media Award and GALECA Dorian Award. In 2014 the series was awarded by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts with “Best Television Comedy Series.” In addition, throughout its run Please Like Me was nominated by AACTA for “Best Screenplay,” “Best Sound” and “Best Direction,” and for his performance on-screen Josh received two nominations for “Best Performance in a Television Comedy.” The series is an Australian DGA and WGA winner, a three-time nominee, and one time recipient of “Best Comedy” by the AWGIE Awards as well as a winner and three-time nominee for “Outstanding Comedy Program” by Australia’s Logie Awards. All four seasons received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and are currently available to stream on Hulu and originally aired on the Pivot cable network.