Josh Wolf has done just about everything a comedian can do from TV to books to stand-up. The "Chelsea Lately" regular will appear at The Comedy Catch this weekend.
IF YOU GO
* What: Josh Wolf
* Where: The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road.
* When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9.
* Admission: $10 Thursday; $16 Friday and Saturday.
* Information: 622-2233.
Josh Wolf has done it all when it comes to comedy. And that’s just the way he likes it.
He’s done stand-up, which he will do this weekend at The Comedy Catch, and he’s written books, as well as for movies and television. He’s also starred in sitcoms and films.
All of it earned him fans, but none of it introduced him to as wide an audience as his time on “Chelsea Lately,” with host and star Chelsea Handler.
“She is very generous and giving,” Wolf said.
There is a long history of comedians getting their big breaks from bigger stars on television. Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbert and Woody Allen wrote for Sid Caesar. Jack Paar, Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen always gave comics a chance to showcase their talents to a national audience, and none are more renowned for doing so than Johnny Carson. But even they were not as generous as Handler has been via her round-table moments, which she hosts on her show with members of her writing staff.
“Not everybody picks up on that,” Wolf said. “She has made us household names, and she doesn’t care who is being funny as long as someone is. She is so gracious with the air time and face time.”
Wolf has been a part of “Chelsea Lately” for five years. He also has appeared on “After Lately” and on the fourth season of NBC’s “The Last Comic Standing” in 2006. He wrote for sitcoms “Yes, Dear,” “Cuts” and “All of Us” with Will Smith. He also wrote and appeared in “My Name is Earl” and “Raising Hope.”
He did a stint touring with Larry the Cable Guy, as well, and currently co-hosts “Josh and Ross,” a podcast with fellow “Lately” writer/round table member Ross Mathews.
Wolf said it’s his nature to go hard at something until he gets bored, then he feels a need to move on to something different.
“I like all of what I do, and I can’t really say one impacts the other. I don’t write a joke thinking about camera angles or things like that,” he said. “I don’t direct, so I can’t think that way. I write a joke on my computer and file it away and, if a scene needs a joke, I might look it up, but I don’t think about it that away ahead of time.”
That said, writing material for things other than for his stand-up routine has made him a better comic overall. “Writing to me does help everything. I’ve learned to edit and listen better.”
Wolf said he has wanted to be a comedian since he was 15, when his parents drove him to his first gig.
“I remember the club owner told me to talk about what you know, and I knew my brother laughed at stories about gas, so I did 10 minutes about my parents having gas. People laughed.”
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...