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Josh Blue isn't allowing his cerebral palsy interfere with his chances of becoming the “Last Comic Standing.” Instead, the 27-year-old stand-up comedian who scored a spot on the NBC reality show finds laughter an integral part of dealing with his condition.
Blue, a famous person with cerebral palsy, has become a fan favorite thanks to his witty one-liners, and even snagged the audience choice award on a recent episode of the show.
Blue, who is a successful stand-up comedian, an artist, and a member of the U.S. Paralympic soccer team, made the decision early on in his life that he wouldn't let his physical disability get in the way of his dreams.
While Blue acknowledges that his cerebral palsy makes him stand out in a crowd—his speech is sometimes slurred and his movements can be awkward—he decided to use his condition as material for his routines.
Rather than hiding his cerebral palsy, Blue finds comic relief through is routines and hopes that his national exposure erases any preconceived ideas people have about the disabled.
“Laughter is a great way to learn,” Blue said. “If you're laughing about something, you almost don't even realize you're learning.”
Even if Blue isn't the last comic standing, he already has a huge fan base and has made a connection with a lot of people. After watching a clip from Blue's comedy act, one fan said, “Finally, someone who understands what I go through. Power to the Palsy's!”
If you know someone with cerebral palsy, contact a cerebral palsy attorney who can explain the patient's rights and outline possible options for obtaining financial help for cerebral palsy treatment.