Josh Thomas

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

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 becoming 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 is now based in Los Angeles where he has created and stars in Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, a ten part series for Freeform which is set to launch in early 2020.

Josh is currently touring his brand new live show Whoopsie Daisy. Tour dates and ticket details can be found here.

  • Television
  • Live Shows
  • Recordings
  • Awards

2018 – Network Ten: Hughesy We Have A Problem (Guest)

2016 – Hulu (USA): Please Like Me Series 4, ABC TV (Writer, Producer, Actor, Director)

2015 – Pivot TV (USA): Please Like Me Series 3, ABC TV (Writer, Producer, Actor, Director)

2015 – ABC TV: Dirty Laundry Live (Guest)

2014 – Pivot TV (USA): Please Like Me Series 2, ABC 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, Actor)

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  (Stand Up Spot)

2007  – ABC: The SideShow (2x Stand Up Appearances)

2007 – Comedy Channel: Stand Up! Australia (StandUp Appearance)

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

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 – Madman Entertainment: Surprise (Stand-up DVD)

2009 – iTunes: Audio CD Things I’ve Said Before (Stand-up)

Please Like Me Awards

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 2

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 WINNER: AACTA Awards, Best Screenplay in Television

2014 NOMINEE: AACTA Awards, Best Television Comedy Series

2014 NOMINEE: AACTA Awards, Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy

2014 NOMINEE: AACTA Awards, Best Sound in Television

2014 NOMINEE: Rose D’or Award for Best Sitcom

2014 WINNER: Australian Directors Guild 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 WINNER (tied): AWGIE Award, Comedy: Situation or Narrative – Please Like Me: Josh Thomas, Liz Doran and Thomas Ward.

2013 NOMINEE: AACTA Awards, Josh Thomas for Best Performance in a Television Comedy, Please Like Me

2013 NOMINEE: AACTA Awards, Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy

2013 WINNER (tied): TV Tonight Awards, Best Aussie Comedy – Please Like Me

 

Josh Thomas Awards

2014 NOMINEE: AACTA Awards, Best Performance in a Television Comedy

2013 NOMINEE: AACTA Awards, Best Performance in a Television Comedy

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 Awards, 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