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Josh Sharp

tutor, comedian, writer, traveler

Josh is a fun and charismatic teacher. Josh is originally from North Carolina, where he started tutoring in high school. He graduated from UNC with honors and on the dean’s list. After college, he moved to New York and got a master’s degree in education while working as a classroom teacher. He left the classroom to focus on one-on-one test prep in 2012. Josh is also a comedian, writer, and actor who performs at the famous Upright Citizens Brigade theater and in clubs around NYC.

…a text I love to teach

I love to use selections from the Voice of Witness series that McSweeney’s publishes. These first-person narratives are great for learning about voice and point of view, but also bring up issues of justice and power that I like to discuss with students. I’ve also loved using Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, particularly Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions, to talk about using humor in writing and the role of narrative voice in metafiction.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

I loved the months I spent living in Berlin for the culture and great urban layout and equally loved the months I spent living in Ghana for its community, spirit and music.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Charlie Kaufman, Amy Sedaris, Bob the Drag Queen, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Poehler, my dad. It would be a strange dinner.

…something I can’t stop thinking about

I spend a lot of my time thinking about jokes. The things that make us laugh and why they do (and why they don’t!) are varied and personal and speak to human wants and fears. What offends and delights us shows a lot about what we value and what that valuation means. What can be joked about? What should never be? Even people who agree on nearly everything else can disagree on these questions!