Josh Nasar

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'95 Speech Communication | Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, and Host | Los Angeles, CA
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Josh Nasar

Josh Nasar currently works as a stand-up comedian, actor, and host in Los Angeles, California.

He earned a B.A. in Speech Communication from Penn State. As an undergraduate student, Nasar was involved in Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and was on the cheerleading team.

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

His decision to major in speech communication 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 that he still loves.

Nasar's advises College of the Liberal Arts students, “if your job isn't out therea specific job you can go apply forthen go and create it!”

As a host and stand-up comedian, Nasar has had opportunities to host events such as the Gravity Games on NBC and ESPN’s X Games. He also performs weekly at the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. In addition his live performances, 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.” 

 “It is so surreal when you deliver your script onstage and people laugh at it,” he said.

The most vital thing he learned in his career is that without a fan base, a comedian has nothing.

“Be so undeniable that you cannot be denied,” Nasar said. “You have to be so good at the career and so good at comedy that you automatically get booked.”
“Surround yourself with good people and know the basis of self-respect,” Nasar advises Liberal Arts students. “Only demand to have greatness in your life.”

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