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Meet Joe Hernandez-Kolski and Joshua Silverstein

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Hernandez-Kolski and Joshua Silverstein.

Writer/Performers Joe Hernandez-Kolski & Joshua Silverstein met while performing in the LA spoken word poetry scene over fifteen years ago. They still can’t believe that it’s been that long! According to Joe, “Joshua was the sexy beatboxer dude in the poetry scene and all the girls loved him. He would perform this beatbox version of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ that sounded amazing. One night, we were at an event hosted by our friend Rachel Kann called Co-Lab where poets had to collaborate with one musical artist. I asked Joshua to perform his Love Supreme version behind my poem and it went over great!”

As they started working together, they found that they had many things in common, including their mixed backgrounds. Originally from Chicago, Joe is half-Mexican, half-Polish (“That’s about as Chicago as you get!” Joe says). Originally from LA, Joshua is half-Black, half-Jewish. Joe and Joshua have created five theater shows along with a web series, several comedy shorts and commercials. Their unique blend of comedy, spoken word poetry, rap, beatboxing and revealing storytelling attracts fans from all backgrounds. They dive deep into race, relationships and male entitlement. Ya know, the fun stuff. 😉

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course, it hasn’t been a smooth road!

It’s a partnership where we create comedy based on our very personal experiences. That can get tough sometimes cuz we force each other to examine ourselves. Joshua says, “It’s a relationship and with any relationship that you’re committed to, there’s going to be struggles and growing pains. Over the years, there have been moments that we’ve had to tough it out for the sake of the artwork.” We’ve experienced each other at our best and worst of times. For example, Joe says, “When my mom passed away, I went through a lot of different emotions, a lot of anger, a lot of self-doubt and Joshua experienced my sadness more than anyone.” And we’re both very passionate about what we believe so that can lead to arguments but, over the years, we’ve gotten much better at listening to each other. That said, whatever it is that we’re going through, we’ve always put it on the stage. You can come to one of our shows and know EXACTLY where we are in our lives.

Please tell us about your work. What do you guys do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
“The Joe and Joshua Show!” is a monthly comedy show produced by Sacred Fools Theater at the Broadwater complex. The show returns on January 2020. And the gloves are off! No limits!! We will dive even deeper into our personal stories to create a brazen blend of sketch comedy, spoken word poetry, and beatboxing. You never know what you’re gonna get! We like to say that we are a “perfect blend of vulnerability and hilarity.” We take concepts and content that people are afraid to talk about and we put it on stage and make you laugh at it!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Take better advantage of digital media. Posting more videos online back when we first started performing together.


  • $10 admission

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Cinthya Guillen, Maiz Connelly, Mario Garcia

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