Josh Alton is a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy: He’s an athlete-turned-comedian. After playing his final collegiate football game, Alton hung up his cleats and shoulder pads for a microphone and a note pad and began doing stand-up comedy. He moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Chicago where he studied improv at the famous Second City Theater and continued doing stand-up. Eventually Alton became a regular performer at several Chicago comedy clubs including the Laugh Factory, the Improv, and Riddles Comedy Club.
Alton was also featured in the stand-up comedy documentaries, “Road Dogs” and “American Smartass” and once did a commercial for the AMC Channel. Hanging out with Josh is a wild laugh fest that can take you days to recover. Using his improvisation skills and his crazy stories about college, girls, and now the “real world,” this Chicago-based comedian has become one of the hottest young acts in the Midwest. If you like to have fun and think that you can “hang”, this is one party you won’t want to miss.
Now he lives back in Des Moines, Iowa and tours all over the country, headlining comedy clubs and private corporate shows. Alton married the love of his life, and has a daughter with her. His wife is a doctor so when he’s not touring he stays at home with his little girl. For this reason, Alton is considered the ultimate “trophy husband”. You can read all about his adventures on the road and at home with his daughter on the Trophy Husband Blog which is located on Alton’s website. Josh Alton started doing standup comedy as a 20-year-old Sophomore in college. His friends thought he was funny, so he went to the Des Moines, IA, Funny Bone Comedy Club open mic night, and gave it a shot. Josh was hooked, and soon quit college, and moved to Chicago in hopes of becoming a full time comic.
In the fall of 2003, the dream became a reality, and he was able to quit his job as a leasing agent, and started touring the road full time as a road comic. Josh Alton had some amazing, and unusual experiences working the road, and he has been able to travel to 40 different states during that time. In October, 2011, Josh and his wife welcomed their first child into the world, and life has taken yet another crazy turn. Her name is Emma, and she is the light of his life! His wife works as a nurse practitioner, and since he hasn’t made the big time just yet, she works during the week, and he is Mr. Mom. He likes to refer to himself as a trophy husband! Catch Josh at a comedy club near you!