For years, Josh Potter has been honing his stand-up comedy chops in bars, rooms and clubs around the area. Now with a more than a few jokes in his heart, Potter took his talents to Los Angeles this year to take the next step in his comedy journey. The former 103.3 The Edge radio personality returns to Buffalo for the holidays and a number of stand-up shows over the next two weeks.
As he developed his skills in Buffalo, Potter has essentially done all there is to do as a comedian here with headlining shows, regular spots at Helium and even winning “Buffalo’s Funniest Person” contest. A major opportunity came this year when Tom Segura asked him to be his opener for a nationwide tour. Not only did Potter have the chance to travel across the country and perfect his craft in large theaters and auditoriums, it inspired him to make the move to Los Angeles.
“It was amazing,” Potter said. “I hope it isn’t one of those ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ things, but it very well could be. I enjoyed it while it was happening, but now that it’s over, I hope I can get to that point again.”
Potter was a mainstay around Buffalo stages for several years, but if you haven’t seen him lately, the comedian has developed fresh material for local audiences. While touring with Segura, Potter used the crowds to try out new jokes.
“There are some new stories (that I’ve developed) since I left,” Potter said. “That was the great part. Even in the last few months, I got comfortable enough where I was throwing in a new thing here or there. It was so easy to do them, and it’s almost a spoiled moment. I think (Segura) enjoys when I take risks, too. Now I have to figure those (jokes) out in smaller clubs to make them real, because it’s so easy to do them on those theater crowds. I have to hammer them home to make sure they’re real jokes.”
Now that he’s living in Los Angeles, Potter is getting familiar with the city’s clubs like the famed Comedy Store. Potter had his “craziest Hollywood moment” when he went to the Comedy Store with Segura and was hanging out in the green room with Judd Apatow and Kevin Nealon. Many Los Angeles transplants are trying to break into show business by acting and writing, Potter is focused on his stage comedy right now but expressed openness to new opportunities as well.
“I’m down to do it all,” he said. “I’m not going to fight to get (other jobs), because right now, I’m here to do comedy and it takes a lot of effort to just do that. All of it would be cool.”
For his Buffalo return, Potter has a full lineup of shows to close out 2017. He’s set to headline a show at Milkie’s on Elmwood at 8 p.m. Dec. 20; “Home for the Holidays” at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 at Helium Comedy Club; “Comics Against Humanity” at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at Helium Comedy Club; “Laugh and Other Drugs” at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at Babeville; and he will open for Brad Williams for seven shows at Helium Comedy from Dec. 28 to 31.