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Josh Thomas

After making his mark as an award-winning and hugely-successful stand-up comedian and television panellist, Josh Thomas turned his hand to writing, acting and co-executive producing his own television show for ABC TV, inspired by his life and his comedy, called Please Like Me.

When Participant Media in the US chose to launch its brand new Pivot television network with Please Like Me and to co-commission a second season with ABC TV, Josh was on his way to being an international success story.

He has been awarded by the Australian Academy (AACTA) and the Australian Writers Guild for his writing for Please Like Me, and has been nominated for AACTA and Logie Awards for his performances in the show. In addition, the show itself has won Best Comedy at the AACTA Awards, Most Outstanding Comedy at the Logie Awards and has been nominated as Best Comedy at the International Emmy Awards, Rose d’Or Awards and GLAAD Media Awards. The show has gained critical acclaim across the globe, and has been named as one of the best TV shows of year by Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Time, The A.V. Club and the Los Angeles Times.

Following on from the show’s success in both Australia and the US, Please Like Me is now available worldwide, streaming Hulu in the US, Amazon Prime Video in the UK & Ireland, and Netflix in the rest of the world.

Josh Thomas

Stand Up Comedian, Actor, writer, producer

 

After making his mark as an award-winning and hugely-successful stand up comedian and television panellist, Josh Thomas turned his hand to writing, acting and co-executive producing his own television show, inspired by his life and his comedy, called Please Like Me.

 

Premiering in Australia in 2013, Please Like Me, with its uniquely honest blend of comedy and drama, gained massive critical praise, with The Weekend Australian declaring Josh “really is quite a singular talent and may just turn into one of our great TV stars.” When Participant Media in the US chose to launch its brand new Pivot television network with Please Like Me and to co-commission a second season with ABC TV, Josh was on his way to being an international success story. Season three, which aired at the end of 2015, saw Josh add another string to his bow making his directorial debut with Episode Four “Natural Spring Water”. The show returned in 2016, going out on a high with a critically acclaimed fourth and final season, cementing its place as one of the greatest Australian comedy series of all time.

 

He has been awarded by the Australian Academy (AACTA) and the Australian Writers Guild for his writing for Please Like Me, and has been nominated for AACTA and Logie Awards for his performances in the show. In addition, the show itself has won Best Comedy at the AACTA Awards, Logie Awards, and been nominated as Best Comedy at the International Emmy Awards, Rose d’Or Awards, and GLAAD Media Awards.. The show has gained critical acclaim across the globe, and has been named as one of the best TV shows of year by Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Time, The A.V. Club and the Los Angeles Times.

 

Following on from the show’s success in both Australia and the US, Please Like Me is now available worldwide, streaming on Hulu in the US, Amazon Prime Video in the UK & Ireland, and Netflix in the rest of the world.

 

Josh has a dumb accent. He knows he has a dumb accent. There is probably no need to bring it up.

 

About Please Like Me...

 

“It’s invigorating to watch a show this in control. Every episode has been laugh-out-loud funny and movingly honest - not just confessional or trenchant but true in ways that make you realize you’ve never seen that on TV before…AV Club

 

".. delivers laughs, pathos and insight... The more this series unfolds, the better it gets... More please."  TV Tonight

 

"..genuine laugh-out-loud moments and engrossing drama..."  TV Week

 

"..very clever coming-of-age comedy...He really is quite a singular talent and may just turn into one of our great TV stars."  The Weekend Australian

 

"Wry, original, and sublimely awkward..."  Sunday Mail

 

"..genuine laughs...nice insights...not just funny, it has real heart and real interest in its characters..."  The Sunday Age

 

"..breaking new ground ... it's really funny without being sitcommy ... i basically am completely in love with this show."  The Guide, smh.com.au

 

 About Josh's Live Shows...

 

“Slightly confessional, brilliantly personal and so very sharply observed.”  Daily Telegraph

 

“Compellingly honest, relentlessly entertaining.”  The Age

 

“Brave, funny and thoroughly entertaining.”  Sunday Telegraph

 

“Yes, Josh World is a very funny world indeed.”  West Australian

 

 

 

Television

2016 Hulu (USA), ABC TV Please Like Me Seres 4 (Writer, Producer, Actor, Director)
2016 ABC TV Play School - 50th Anniversary (Guest presenter)
2015 Pivot TV (USA), ABC TV Please Like Me Series 3 (Writer, Producer, Actor, Director)
2015 ABC TV Dirty Laundry Live (Guest)
2014 Pivot.tv (USA), ABC2 Please Like Me Series 2 (Writer, Producer, Actor)
2014 Pivot.tv (USA) Take Part Live (Guest)
2014 ABC TV  Q&A (Guest)
2014 Network Ten The Project (Guest)
2014 ABC 2 Dirty Laundry Live (Guest)
2013 Pivot.tv (USA) Please Like Me (Writer, Producer, Performer)
2013 Pivot.tv (USA) Take Part Live (Guest)
2013 ABC 2 Please Like Me (Writer, Producer, Performer)
2013 Network Ten This Week Live (Guest)
2013 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Comedy Spot)
2013 ABC 2 Dirty Laundry Live (Guest)
2013 ABC TV Adam Hills Tonight (Guest)
2013 ABC TV Q & A (Guest)
2013 Network Ten The Living Room (Guest)
2012 Foxtel, Lifestyle Celebrity Come Dine With Me (Contestant)
2009-12 Network Ten Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation (Team Captain)
2011 ABC TV Q and A (Panel Guest)
2011 ABC TV Josh Thomas, Surprise, 30min stand up special on DVD release
2011 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Host)
2010-11 Network Ten Good News Week (Regular Guest)
2009-10 Network Ten The 7PM Project (Regular Guest)
2010 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Spot)
2010 Comedy Channel A Night At the Festival Club (Host),
2009 Network Ten Celebrity Masterchef (Contestant)
2009 Network Ten Good News Week (Contestant)
2009 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Spot)
2009 Network Ten Ready, Steady, Cook (Contestant)
2008 Network Ten Rove (Stand up Appearance)
2008 Network Ten Good News Week (4x Guest Appearances)
2008 Comedy Channel Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Festival Club Special
2007 ABC The SideShow (2x Stand Up Appearances)
2007 Comedy Channel Stand Up! Australia (StandUp Appearance)

 

Live Shows

2013 Douchebag - Solo Show - Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Store, Illawarra IPAC, Perth Octagon.
2011 Everything Ever – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Sydney Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre, Astor Theatre (Perth), Gold Coast, Nambour, Noosa, Cairns, Townsville, Newcastle, Wollongong, Albury.
2010 Surprise – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Octagon Theatre, Newcastle Civic Centre, Canberra theatre, Sydney Opera House
2010 Lets Learn Some S*** - Live Panel Show Melbourne, Chapel Off Chapel
2009 Things That I Have Said Before – Solo Show Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Sydney Comedy Store, Octagon Theatre
2009 More Josh Than You Can Handle! – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2008 Josh Thomas & the Adventures of the World’s Greatest Love Machine – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2007 Please Like Me – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Wild West Comedy Festival
2006 The Comedy Zone Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

Recordings

2017 Universal Please Like Me Series 1-4 (Complete Box Set)
2016 Universal Please Like Me Series Four (DVD)
2015 Universal Please Like Me Series Three (DVD)
2014 Universal Please Like Me Series Two (DVD)
2013 Universal Please Like Me Series One (DVD)
2011 Madmen Entertainment Surprise (Stand-up DVD)
2009 iTunes/ Audio CD Things I’ve Said Before (Stand-up)

 

Other Notable Live Work

Montreal Just For Laughs Festival 2007 & 2013

Geel Comedy Festival, Geel, Belgium, 2008

Smithwicks Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland 2008

Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award Benefit Night 2007

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2007 & 2008

 

Awards: Please Like Me

2017

Winner: TV Week Logie Awards, Most Outstanding Comedy Program, Please Like Me

2016

Nominee: TV Week Logie Awards, Best Actor, Please Like Me

2016 Nominee: TV Week Logie Awards, Most Outstanding Comedy Program, Please Like Me
2016 Winner: AWGIE Awards, Best Writing in a Comedy: Situation or Narrative, Please Like Me, Season 3 ‘Pancakes with Faces’
2016 Nominee: AWGIE Awards, Best Writing in a Comedy: Situation or Narrative, Please Like Me, Season 3 ‘Coq au Vin’ & ‘ Simple Carbohydrates’
2016 Nominee: Screen Producers Australia Awards, Comedy Television Production of the Year, Please Like Me Season 3
2016 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Television Comedy Series, Please Like Me Season 3
2016 Nominee: Prism Awards, Comedy Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline, Please Like Me Season 3
2015 Nominee: TV Week Logie Awards, Most Outstanding Comedy Program, Please Like Me
2015 Nominee: TV Week Logie Awards, Most Popular Actor, Please Like Me
2015 Winner: AWGIE Awards, Best Writing in a Comedy: Situation or Narrative, Please Like Me Series 2, Episode 7 ‘Scroggin’
2015 Winner: 4th AACTA Awards, Best Screenplay in Television, Please Like Me Series 2 Episode 7 ‘Scroggin’
2015 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Performance in a Television Comedy, Please Like Me
2015 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Television Comedy Series, Please Like Me
2015 Nominee: Prism Awards, Comedy Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline, Please Like Me, Season 
2015 Nominee: Dorian Awards, LGBTQ TV Show of the Year, Please Like Me
2015 Nominee: Dorian Awards, Unsung TV Show of the Year, Please Like Me
2015 Winner: Screen Producers Australia Awards, Best Comedy Television Production - Please Like Me Season 2
2015 Nominee: 26th Annual GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Comedy Series – Please Like Me.
2014 Nominee: International Emmy Awards, Comedy Category
2014 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Television Comedy Series
2014 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy
2014 Winner: AACTA Awards, Best Screenplay in Television
2014 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Sound in Television
2014 Winner: ADG Awards, Best Direction in a TV Comedy – Matthew Saville, Please Like Me Series 1 Episode 3 ‘Portuguese Custard Tarts’
2014 Nominee: TV Week Logie Awards, Outstanding Light Entertainment Program – Please Like Me.
2014 Nominee: 25th Annual GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Comedy Series – Please Like Me.
2013 Joint Winner: AWGIE Award, Comedy: Situation or Narrative – Please Like Me: Josh Thomas, Liz Doran and Thomas Ward.
2013 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Performance in a Television Comedy for Please Like Me
2013 Nominee: AACTA Awards, Best Comedy or Light Entertainment Series - Please Like Me
2013 Joint Winner: TV Tonight Awards, Best Aussie Comedy – Please Like Me

 

Awards

2014 Nominee, AACTA Awards, Best Performance in a Television Comedy - Josh Thomas, Please Like Me
2011 Nominee, Best Comedy Release, ARIA Awards
2010 Winner, GQ, Comedian of the Year Award
2010 Nominee, Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2010 Nominee, TV Week Logies Awards, – Most Popular New Male Talent
2010 Winner, TV Week Logies Wards, Most Popular Light Entertainment Program, Talkin’ ‘bout your Generation
2010 Winner, TV Week Logies Wards, Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program, Talkin’ ‘bout your Generation
2007 Winner, Best Newcomer Award – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2005 Winner, RAW Comedy – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2005 Finalist, “So You Think You’re Funny” – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

 

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Updated: August 2017