From an early age, Josh Novey has shown a knack for entertaining family and friends. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, Josh’s natural wit, humor, and comedic character helped him fit in wherever he went as he moved from place to place across the United States.
Coming from a family with a history of military service dating back to the Revolutionary War, Josh enlisted in the Army in September, 2005. He spent four years in the Army as a medic, including a 16-month tour in Iraq. During his deployment, Josh found his humor was a great tool to help ease tension and stress after difficult days. After an honorable discharge in 2009, Josh stepped on a stage for the first time at a comedy club in Florida and discovered his passion for brightening people’s lives with comedy and hasn’t looked back.
In the following years, he has honed and perfected his comedic style. In 2015, Josh was labeled the “Best of the Midwest” in the Clash of the Comics at the Funny Bone in Omaha and was a finalist in both the LOL competition in Davenport, Iowa and the Comedy 10k in Dubuque, Iowa. In 2016, Josh was awarded the label of “Crowd Favorite” at the Kansas City Comedy Festival.
Currently living near Des Moines, Iowa, Josh is also one-half of the comedy team that leads Soulprov workshops. Soulprov workshops teach people to apply improv (short for “improvisational”) techniques for fostering self-empowerment and cultivating a positive and productive way of thinking. The goal of Soulprov workshops is to motivate people to live better and happier lives, free from negative self-talk and self-judgment.
Josh does exclusively clean comedy, forgoing obscenity without sacrificing humor, so every performance is guaranteed to be family-friendly. His charm and endearing personality combined with his broad range of experiences allow him to connect with, and appeal to, a wide audience. Josh has used his humor and easy-going stage presence to entertain thousands of people across the United States. He works extensively with companies, fundraisers, bars, clubs, coffee shops, colleges, churches, and veterans’ groups to bring laughter to those needing it the most.