Talkin' 'bout Josh Thomas

CONDUCTING an interview while you are holding your sides to stop them from splitting with laughter is not an ideal way to perform your job, but that is to be expected when interviewing Josh Thomas.

He was a comedian long before he popped up on our screens on Talkin' ‘Bout Your Generation.

At 17, Thomas was the youngest ever winner of the Raw Comedy Festival.

Four years later, after a wealth of comedy experience that most could only achieve in a lifetime, he took the next step in his career and became Generation Y team captain of the top rating series.

But that success has both its upsides and its downsides.

Fans may maketh the celebrity but they can also maketh one go crazy.

“I am so bad at remembering names and I am so vague all the time,” he said.

“If someone talks to me on the street I can't be sure I don't know them so I can be really over-friendly and polite.

“The other side of that is I will go out and someone will talk to me and I will shut down and start staring at my feet.

“I was at a club once and my cousin tried to talk to me and I totally snobbed him.”

But Josh admits that sort of stuff doesn't happen to him too often.

“I don't think people care that much about me,” he said.

“Mostly they are ‘oh, you are that guy', they don't even know what from.

“They remember seeing my face but they will say like ‘you are that guy from Spicks and Specks'.”

The other downside of his notoriety is the fact it has drawn him an enormous number of followers on Twitter.

More than 30,000 Twitter-users (twits, if you will) log on to read just about every thought Josh has.

“I like Twitter but sometimes it makes me so angry,” he said.

“You can't say anything on there without somebody being offended, it's insane.

“I could say I had such a nice piece of steak, then a vegetarian will get angry at me.

“If you pay out Christians, then they will be angry.

“Lesbians get angry at me for being homophobic. I don't understand that one at all.”

But by far his most controversial Twitter comments were those he made about anti-gay campaigner Megan Phelps.

After Josh came out as a gay man he became very open about his sexuality and subsequently felt free to air his thoughts about Phelps' views on homosexuality.

He began tweeting Phelps an insult a day.

“Whenever I want to tease anyone I feel like such a pr**k because I have so many followers,” he said.

“Something I say gets re-tweeted 20 times then another 40 people will tell her to die.

“I am a lot stronger than her on Twitter.”

Even when he is being serious, Josh still manages to make a joke.

Twitter and fame aside, the vehicle for Josh's notoriety has very much been Talkin' ‘Bout Your Generation and he is very excited about the series return on Sunday.

“It's more fun now, I really like it,” he said.

“Me and Charlie and Ange don't know anything that is happening, it's all little surprises.”

Perhaps his least favourite surprises are those that the producers have introduced that, according to Josh, come under their new brief of humiliating him.

“They decided they weren't humiliating me enough,” he said.

“That must have been their brief for this series, to humiliate me as much as possible so they thought ‘let's throw things on his face'.”

Humiliation aside, Josh believes the show is about to deliver its best season yet.

“They seem to have more money and the games are bigger and it's a little bit more exciting,” he promises.

Talkin' ‘Bout Your Generation returns on Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 10.

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