The Joys of Friendship, the Rhythms of Comedy, and the Pressures of Success with Josh Harmon | The Buddy Ruski Show (Ep. 21)
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The Joys of Friendship, the Rhythms of Comedy, and the Pressures of Success with Josh Harmon | The Buddy Ruski Show (Ep. 21)

Justin Laidlaw
Justin Laidlaw

My guest is Josh Harmon.

Josh is a comedian and writer based in New York City. He and I became fast friends during my first stint as a teacher with Putney Student Travel, an experiential learning program based in Vermont, back in 2018. What a summer to remember…

We talked about his childhood in New Jersey and playing music at an early age with his older brother Michael, who also taught at Putney. In fact, Josh and Michael, along with Julian and Spencer, were the backing band for my unforgettable rendition of Roxanne during the talent show. There’s footage of it somewhere. The Pre-College program we taught is held at Amherst College, where Josh went to school and first learned about Putney.

Finally, we cover the highs and lows of being a content creator. It’s a real catch-22. You want to be on social media less, but that’s where the audience is. You want to be creative, but also, you have to follow the rules of the algorithm. Over the pandemic, Josh started a comedy series on social media called “Rhythms of Comedy,” racking up millions of views and even a spot on The Tonight Show. But the endeavor, while it’s been fun, has left Josh wondering, “what now?”

It’s a fantastic episode! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.


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