Sticky Change is Josh Blue’s follow up to 2005’s Good Josh, Bad Arm and the Last Comic Standing winner does not disappoint once again. Live from Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN, Blue talks about being born in Africa, how he looks homeless no matter what, arguments his Japanese wife, his children, the trouble with having more than one person with cerebral palsy inside a mall, his experiences with air travel and much more.
Like many professional comedians, Josh Blue was born funny. If you know anything about this comic, I’m making a play on words here in reference to his physical disability, cerebral palsy. Sticky Change is full of wit, so much so that I’d like to not even mention the word disability, but we can’t ignore that fact either, especially as Blue brings it to the forefront of his act.
A great comic’s comedy stems from who that person is and Blue’s not hiding who he is. It’d be a shame if he did. Besides, Blue will tell you himself from the start of the album: “Just because I have a physical disability doesn’t mean that I don’t have a bunch of other spectacular things in my life… like… FOOD… SHOES.” Food and shoes are pretty underrated.
Obviously, Blue has a fun time with his way of life. One of the highlights of the album is when he tells a story about going to 7-11 to get a popsicle with his son. Outside the store, he sees a “gangster” leaning up against the wall. As he describes, this guy against the wall was a guy you normally wouldn’t want to talk to. So what does Blue do? He talks to him. The result? Blue once again provides an example of breaking the social barrier, as he refuses to judge or fear someone based on their appearance.
Pre-judgment based on appearance seems to be an overall theme throughout the album, something that Blue highlights as important through witty subversions. Certainly, it is something that he has dealt with throughout his life.
Sticky Change is a great album. It’s one you want to show make your friends listen in an attempt to convert them into fans. This comedian has a bright future and shows no signs of growing dull or losing creativity. His writing is smart and hilarious. We’ll look forward to more from Josh Blue.