Eugene found his place within the group. He stepped out of his comfort zone and learned he is not just an intellectual, but also a survivor. He proved he can protect himself and, more importantly, he can protect others. But his newly gained confidence is short-lived once they encounter the Saviors. Eugene suspects he and the group are going to lose this battle, and that he could possibly lose his life.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Josh 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 ATV’s, Josh’s family had a hot air balloon, which not only entertained their family, but most of the neighborhood as well. By 16-years-old, Josh 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 attended Grand Canyon University where he majored in Marketing and Public Relations, while he continued to work in radio.
After college and after working at the radio station for over ten years, Josh wanted to try his hand in stand-up comedy. He quickly became addicted to being in front of an audience, 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. Josh toured with some of the best, opening for Joe Rogan, Louis CK, and Dave Attell.
In 2011, Josh landed a series regular role on TV Land’s Retired at 35. For two seasons, he starred as Brandon, the pool man and best friend to Dave, a man who decides to quit the corporate rat race in New York City and retire in Florida at age 35. The series also presented Josh with the opportunity to work with some of the greats in acting, Oscar® Nominee George Segal, and Emmy® Award Winner Jessica Walter. After 20 episodes, McDermitt landed his next acting gig, a role on The Walking Dead. He also recurred on the final season of Mad Men.
Next, McDermitt has starring roles in two independent features, Middle Man, a dark comedy written and directed by Ned Crowley; and Life In Color, a romantic comedy written and directed by Katherine Emmer. Both films are receiving critical acclaim on the festival circuit.
McDermitt also 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.