Then he discovered another comedian with the same name. The other Josh Johnson, a Chicagoan, was named one of Comedy Central’s comics to watch in 2015. He performed on Kevin Hart’s Hart of the City in October 2016 and later Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show and Conan on TBS. He released his debut album, Josh Johnson: I Like You, with Comedy Central Records and created the website therealjoshjohnson.com.
For the Texan, who has depression, seeing his counterpart’s success was a blow.
“I had this mental block in my head,” Johnson told the Observer in December. “When I went to the club, I wouldn’t go up. I’d freak out and have an episode in the parking lot. I felt like I had fallen off a horse and hurt myself. I was [letting] the horse beat me.”
Like generations of Texans before him facing hard times, Johnson and fellow North Texas comedian Michael Kruger packed up and headed to California and its promise of a better life. Kruger had just split up with his girlfriend and planned to find work as a pot trimmer in the Emerald Triangle of the Pacific Northwest. With more than 10,000 square miles producing an estimated $1 billion cash crop annually, it’s considered the Napa Valley of the U.S. cannabis-producing regions. More than half of the marijuana consumed in the U.S. comes from the area, providing an economic boon that filled the void left behind by the ailing fishing and timber industries, Business Insider reported in October 2016.
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