SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview The Walking Dead’s JOSH McDERMITT
JOSH McDERMITT discusses his role as Dr. Eugene Porter on AMC’s hit tv show THE WALKING DEAD as well as his upcoming appearance at Walker Stalker Con on Saturday February 21st and Sunday February 22nd in Chicago. Pictures courtesy of AMC and Isaac Sterling . For more information on The Walking Dead visit AMCtv.com
group of survivors finding their way through a post-apocalyptic world dominated by zombies. “The Walking Dead” returns with brand new episodes February 2015. Josh was also recently seen with a recurring role as ‘George Payton’ on AMC’s award-winning series “Mad Men.”Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Josh was raised in an eclectic fam-
ily, full of life and practical jokesters. While some kids grow up playing at the park, taking a ride in a boat at the lake, or riding ATV’s, Josh’s family had a hot air balloon, which not only entrained their family but most of the neighborhood as well. By sixteen years old Josh was a licensed pilot so he could fly the balloon- something his family still has today. Josh never had aspirations to be in the entertainment business; growing up he wanted to be a police officer or detective. Yet he fell into the radio industry at an early age, working at the local radio station at fourteen years old, where he began to discover his voice creating
characters. Josh attended Grand Canyon University where he majored in Marketing and Public Relations, while he continued to work in radio. After college and after working at the radio station for over ten years, Josh wanted to try his hand in stand up comedy. He had friends who were performing regularly at The Tempe Improv, and he thought, why not give it a shot. He quickly became addicted to being in front of an audience, telling jokes about his crazy, creative family and life experiences. Within two years of doing shows around town, he auditioned for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and made it to the semi-finals. As one of the 50 comics picked nationwide, the show put him on the map in the comedy world and he decided to go on the road full time. Josh toured with some of the best, opening for Joe Rogan, Louis CK, and Dave Attell. However deep down, his aspirations to branch outside of the comedy circuit grew stronger, and he knew he needed to move to Los Angeles o pursue work in film and television. While auditioning for TV roles, Josh did stand up comedy on the side to pay the bills.