Josh Clark is a podcaster, speaker, and researcher who has been talking pretty much constantly since 2008. His podcast, Stuff You Should Know, is one of the most popular in the world, closing in on a billion total downloads over the past 10 years, with 4.5 out of 5 stars on iTunes from 25,000 ratings. The podcast celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2018 and released its 1000th episode a few months before. In June 2018, Apple announced that Stuff You Should Know became the first podcast in history to reach 500 million downloads on iTunes.
SYSK has also won some awards too, including Webby Awards for a handful of years (so far), a CableFax Award and a Stitcher Award. It’s also been honored as nominee for several others, including the Shorty Awards.
And there have been media appearances, lots of those: on TV and radio in countries around the world, and profiles and interviews in outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, and in his hometown paper the Toledo Blade. There was even a season of a Stuff You Should Know TV show on Science where Josh played a slightly fictionalized version of himself.
Josh is also working on his solo podcast series, The End of the World, which seeks to answer the Fermi paradox’s famous question, “Where are all the aliens?” with the answer, They all accidentally wiped themselves out! EOTW investigates the idea that there is some trap that every advanced civilization falls into before it gets the chance to spread out and colonize the universe. The trouble is, we humans are just a step or two away from beginning to colonize space. And if there’s some trap laying in wait between the point we’re at today and that point tomorrow, we should be really, really nervous about it.
Josh has developed EOTW into an hour-long presentation, which he is taking on the road to San Francisco and Brooklyn this summer and winter. It is equal parts fascinating, humorous, and mind-boggling. He would love to come speak to your group about it, so don’t be shy about getting in touch.
Josh can also talk about anything else as well. If there’s a topic that you’d like to hear about at your meeting, conference, convention, or festival Josh will dive into it, find anything and everything interesting about it and present it in a way that everyone can with a healthy dose of his trademark deadpan humor.
Josh is no expert, nor does he claim to be. Instead, he’s really good at immersing himself in any topic and finding the hidden gems that make it interesting. From bone-dry economics to complex science to ethereal pop culture, Josh can find a way to make any topic interesting and relatable to everyone.
So get in touch, say hi, ask Josh some questions. He’s always looking for a new challenge so he’ll be glad to hear from you.
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“Josh Clark is infuriating to those of us in the trained talking-on-stage biz because he is a natural: hilarious, illuminating, engaging, and fun. There is a reason millions of people put him in their ears every week and rush to see his live performances. Even in my deep seated jealousy of his innate charm and intelligence, I cannot help but listen to him and attend his shows, he is just that great.”
“As his fans know, Josh is almost preternaturally great at blending information and humor in a way that makes his shows so interesting, relatable, and entertaining, they are not to be missed!”
“Working with Josh on his 2016 sold out Stuff You Should Know tour of the UK and Ireland was a real pleasure. Performing every night to a full house in theatres all over the country, it was a joy to watch Josh perform. He effortlessly delivers comedy and research with a heartwarming, friendly style that puts to shame even my favorite university lecturers and really belongs in the leagues of more traditional long-form stand up comedy.
The audiences were over the moon to see him. Indicated not just by the important fact the the tickets flew out but also the overwhelming response from the crowd throughout every show. Off stage I was delighted to discover that Josh is every bit the friendly, well informed professional he appears on stage. He clearly takes great pride in his shows which ensures that all areas of the tour were well considered and most importantly great fun!”
“Josh is fantastic! I’ve worked with several different keynote speakers over the years and no one puts a smile on the crowd as well as him and Chuck. Their knowledge on a wide range of topics and ability to educate the crowd with entertaining stories is the reason why I have hired them for our 650 person conference the last 2 years. Josh is always a pleasure to work with and a guaranteed hit with any crowd.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Josh many times over the years, both solo and with the incredible Stuff You Should Know podcast. Josh has a true talent in his ability to engage an audience on deep and often times complicated topics in a meaningful, exciting and truly exhilarating way. Most of the audience are sincerely at the edge of their seat, attuned to the topic at hand. It’s always loads of good fun and intoxicating on multiple levels. Everyone at The Bell House always looks forward to working one of Josh’s shows!”