As an actor, Josh’s credits include Little Ernie, the BAFTA award winning BBC Morecambe and Wise biopic “Eric & Ernie”, being run over in BBC1’s “Casualty” and cameos in “Monroe” for ITV and “The Knife That Killed Me” for Universal UK. He played Tommo in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s “The [Calendar] Girls” Musical from 2015 – 2017, both in the world premiere at Leeds Grand / The Lowry and at the Phoenix Theatre, in London’s West End. In Pantomime, Josh has most recently appeared as Buttons in “Cinderella” at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield and the aptly named JOSH in Beauty and the Beast at the Victoria Theatre Halifax. He will be returning to Halifax this year, for their production of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Click HERE for tickets.
just JOSH has been a family and children’s entertainer for the last 7 years, having proudly entertained at hundreds of parties and events, on cruises and in visitor attractions. A lot of Josh’s Family Entertainment takes place at York Maze, where he is the CORNtroller of Entertainments (real job title!) for their summer season. His act combines MAGIC, JUGGLING, BALLOONOLOGY (that's making balloon dogs 'n' stuff!) & DISCO. His infamously high energy, physicality and natural rapport with children (of which he considers himself one!) has made him one of the most sought after Kids Entertainers in the UK. In 2017, Josh teamed up with best pal and fellow York Entertainer 'WonderPhil'... and together - they created 'Big Kids Entertainers' - which you can find HERE. He most recently returned from P&O Cruises' Oceana, as their headline family entertainer.
This is actually where it all started for Josh. For 3 years (from age 14-16) he worked his weekends on a Magic Stall in York Market - selling fun card tricks, coin vanishers and the rest (as well as fake dog poo and stink bombs!). This sparked a keen interest in Sleight of Hand and Comedy Mind-Reading, and he quickly started taking bookings for weddings, parties, events and restaurants. For a ‘1-to-1’, small group or full table - Josh's Comedy Close Up Magic is the PERFECT ice breaker, bringing guests together with a common question... "How did he do that?" Or failing that, they’ll certainly wonder “Is he even old enough to be working?"
Josh's passion for variety performance developed during his stint as 'Little Ernie' in the Morecambe & Wise biopic "Eric & Ernie". From this, Josh was inspired by the likes of Victoria Wood, Tommy Cooper, Rowan Atkinson and The Two Ronnies to create his own variety cabaret shows.
His first were at age 15, in Elvington Village Hall, (where his Nan lived) providing a couple of hours of entertainment for the Senior Citizens Christmas Parties. These variety skills of comedy, magic, song, dance and general ‘daftness for adults’ developed further for Josh, in 4 sell out “Evenings of Cabaret & Comedy” shows in York, which he produced with his Dad, Barry. Since that, as a ‘grown up’ entertainer, his Stage Magic and Comedy has taken to the stages of “The Good Old Days” at the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, “Players Music Hall” and the “Cockney Sing-Along” in London’s Charing Cross Theatre and Brick Lane Music Hall respectively.
He currently has his own One-Man Variety Show “Josh of ALL Trades” which he tours the UK with (whenever he can between everything else!) - check the PROJECTS page to see where you can see it next!