Eugene’s lie is out. His cowardice is not a label, but awareness. He wants to fit into this community. He wants to do his part. He wants to defend this place. But it does not come as easily to him as it does to others. He has purpose – he just needs to discover it. He is smarter than most and that is a unique skill set.
Josh McDermitt made his debut on the big screen in the independent feature and SXSW favorite, Life in Color. He stars as Homer, a clown-magician who tries to find his purpose in life through entertaining. The movie is a grounded romantic dramedy about two strangers (Homer and Mary) who meet while getting stuck house-sitting together. Both characters soon realize that they have more in common than they thought, as they try to overcome money issues while dealing with the emotional hole they have lived in over the years.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, McDermitt was raised in an eclectic family, full of life and practical jokesters. While some kids grow up playing at the park, taking a ride in a boat at the lake, or riding ATVs, McDermitt’s family had a hot air balloon, which not only entertained their family, but most of the neighborhood as well. By sixteen years old, he was a licensed pilot so he could fly the balloon – something his family still has today.
McDermitt never had aspirations to be in entertainment; growing up he wanted to be a police officer or detective. Yet he fell into the radio industry at an early age, working at the local radio station at 14 years old, where he began to discover his voice creating characters. Josh majored in Marketing and Public Relations at Grand Canyon University, while he continued to work in radio. After college and after working at the radio station for more than ten years, McDermitt wanted to try his hand in stand-up comedy. He had friends who were performing regularly at The Tempe Improv, and quickly became addicted to being in front of an audience, and telling jokes about his crazy, creative family and life experiences. Within two years of doing shows around town, he auditioned for NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the semi-finals. As one of the 50 comics picked nationwide, the show put him on the map in the comedy world and he decided to go on the road full time. He toured with some of the best, opening for Joe Rogan, Louis CK, and Dave Attell.
In 2011, McDermitt landed a series regular role on TV Land’s Retired at 35. He is also known for his recurring role as George Payton on AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men.
When not working, McDermitt is a writer and is working on pitching and developing several projects. He has a love for charity and actively supports several organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and various foundations that support Pancreatic Cancer Research.