Joseph Scrimshaw is a writer, comedian, and actor currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As a “geek flavored” comedian, he’s performed at w00tstock, CONvergence, San Francisco SketchFest, H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Dragon*Con, Chicago Improv Festival, Minnesota Public Radio’s Wits, Jonathan Coulton’s JoCoCruiseCrazy, and more. Joseph released his first comedy album, VERBING THE NOUN, in February of 2013.
As a writer, Joseph released his first book COMEDY OF DOOM in June of 2012. He’s also working with John Kovalic’s Dork Storm Press developing Dr. Blink and Dork Tower for movies and television. Joseph also wrote the pilot for an animated series version of the webcomic Least I Could Do. Joseph has written for RiffTrax, the national sketch comedy TV show M@dAbout, and crafted several commentaries for Minnesota Public Radio on topics such as personal sharing on facebook and swearing at smartphones. Joseph also had the pleasure of writing the episode “Death by Fire” for the great podcast Getting On with James Urbaniak.
Joseph has a comedy podcast about liking things a little too much called OBSESSED (With Joseph Scrimshaw). The podcast has been featured multiple times on iTunes as “New & Noteworthy” and a “Staff Favorite” in comedy. Obsessed is a collection of comedy monologues, rants, guest interviews, and more, all recorded with a live audience.
Joseph also operates a theater company in the Twin Cities called Joking Envelope. His plays, ADVENTURES IN MATING, AN INCONVENIENT SQUIRREL, THE WORST SHOW IN THE FRINGE and MY MONSTER (written with Bill Corbett) have played in New York, Seattle, Orlando, Dallas, Las Vegas, the UK, Bulgaria, Peru, the middle of the Caribbean Sea, as well as bars and theaters across the entire expanse of South Minneapolis.
In his free time, Joseph plays the drums, obsesses on Twitter, and enjoys watching his wife knit. Joseph’s spirit animal is the North American Tree Squirrel.
“The Cirque Du Soleil of Minneapolis Comedy” – The Onion AV Club
“Artist of the Year” – City Pages
“Hilarious with a whiff of danger” – Seattle Post-Intelligencer