Joshua Reuben Silverstein is an award-winning actor, comic, writer, beatboxer, and educator. His various performances and productions throughout the country have received admiration from such creative geniuses ranging from Norman Lear to Prince.
He is an original member of Norman Lear’s DECLARE YOURSELF ROAD TRIP SHOW, a 3-year spoken-word/musical performance tour encouraging the American people to register to vote.
Beatboxing since the age of 5, Joshua has become the West Coast’s most sought-after beatboxer, named by the Jewish News Service as “one of the best beatboxers in the world.” His various collaborations with artists such as Slash from Guns and Roses, poetic icon Ursula Rucker and Improv legend Wayne Brady have earned him the title of “the hardest-working performer in L.A.”
His solo show, “The Joshua Silverstein Show,” has been receiving rave reviews since its preview at the Greenway Court Theater in Los Angeles in 2014. An early version of the show, titled “Tell Me I’m Pretty” (directed by Diana Wyenn), was presented at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles in 2016. Backed by a three-piece band, Joshua playfully weaves through personal narratives pertaining to race and gender constructs in America. Using devices including pantomime, beatboxing, rapping, and spoken word, Joshua has created a show that continues to inspire, challenge, provoke and motivate. Audiences have said:
“ Silverstein masterfully balances these heavy political issues with satire. This is conveyed from his over-the-top impersonations of rappers and religious zealots to interpretations of media’s biased headlines—all of which bring to light our patriarchal society that’s constantly at a tug of war with race. His loud delivery and comic timing beg for your attention, but his unwavering honesty is the foundation for his performance .”
-Natalie Kessel, (Culture Spot LA) STUDIO: Fall 2015 at REDCAT
“That show was one of the best shows I've seen in my life.”
“I saw this show on opening night and it was FANTASTIC! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Joshua Silverstein blew us away.”
-John Hensley, (Flypoet Showcase)
“Refreshingly unique compared to your typical one-man show. Its combination of masterful beatboxing and irreverent attitude set it apart from the run-of-the-mill autobiographical play.”
– Stage Raw
Since their first show “So Fresh and So Clean” debuted in 2008, Joshua has additionally been performing regularly with his performance partner, actor/poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski. Now going under the moniker “The Joe and Joshua Show” the comedy duo has been presented at several prestigious venues including the Comedy Central Stage, Ars Nova in New York City, and perform monthly at their home venue Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles. Since the beginning, audiences have not been able to get enough of the duo. Audiences have said:
"Sharp, satirical, and often incisive, providing both laughs and food for thought."
–Mayank Keshaviah, Stage Raw
“Joe & Joshua are hilarious and outrageous, driven by provocative writing and strong performances. They’re an amazing team!”
– Stan Lathan, the co-creator of HBO’s Def Poetry & Def Comedy Jam
Joshua has gone on to provide and facilitate uncountable theater, improvisation and spoken word workshops and in-school residencies all designed to create a safe and open space where students of all ages indulge in the freedom of creative expression. Past students have said Joshua brings passion, play and persuasion and makes words, thinking and expression infectiously fun. You can currently catch Joshua during the school year as the co-host and co-producer of Emmy award-winning Downbeat 720, a high school open-mic that has been a staple of Santa Monica for the last 14 years. Joshua also performs for The Late Late Show with James Corden as beatboxer on the segment Drop The Mic and now on the weekly, stand-alone, half-hour TBS series, Drop The Mic.