Josh Nasar

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Josh Nasar

Graduation Year: 1995
Major: Speech Communications
Current Job: Stand-Up Comedian
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Josh Nasar currently works as a stand-up comedian and host in Los Angeles, California. He earned a B.A. in Speech Communications while he attended Penn State. While he was a student, Nasar was involved in Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity as well as being on the cheerleading team.

Nasar grew up in Potomac, Maryland, and originally attended a smaller college called Clarion University. Shortly after beginning college, however, Nasar realized that he wanted to attend a bigger school. He knew of people who went to Penn State and decided that it was a great college environment for him to further his education and express himself. He got his first taste at hosting as the Master of Ceremonies for Penn State Football’s live crowds, typically averaging 100,000 fans.

His major in speech communications was inspired by his father, who always told Nasar he was a “talker, so speech comm is best!” Despite this advice, Nasar’s career after college started off on a different path. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and worked in a corporate environment. He spent his days going door-to-door selling frozen food. One day, Nasar woke up and decided he no longer wanted to work in the corporate world, and he went out and created a career he loves. To all students in the College of the Liberal Arts, Nasar says that “if your job is not out there, a specific job you can go apply for, then go and create it!”

As a host and as a stand-up comedian, Nasar has had opportunities to host events such as the Gravity Games on NBC and ESPN’s X Games. He also puts on weekly shows at the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. In addition to putting on events, he has been in many TV shows such as MTV Spring Break, Loveline, and Singled Out. Nasar fondly recalls all of his experiences in this path, explaining how every time he gets to perform, he is “creating a script which is so great, and when you tell it on stage and people laugh at it, it’s almost surreal.”

The most vital thing he learned in his career is that without a fan base, a comedian has nothing. Nasar says, “Be so undeniable that you cannot be denied. You have to be so good at the career and so good at comedy, so you get booked.”

Nasar’s final advice for students in the College of the Liberal Arts is to surround yourself with good people and know the basis of self-respect. He says, “Only demand to have greatness in your life.”           

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