4/20 with Josh Lynch

April 20, 2021

Happy 420! 

I had the opportunity to shoot with a local comedian for his 420 podcast, Inebriated Instigators! His humor about his health and personal encounters had me laughing all afternoon. Once we got comfortable, the giggles and poses were flowing. 

Lauren Gray

Wild Fyre Co. | Kansas CIty, MO

Comedian | Josh Lynch | InebriatedInstigators | @StoryTimeWithLynch

Lauren: Thanks for shooting with me today! I had a lot of fun. Tell me about yourself and your journey with comedy!

Josh: My name is Joshua Lynch and I was born in San Antonio, Texas. When I was a couple months old, we moved to Camp David, and since then I have lived all over the country. I went to a small high school in the middle of the desert in New Mexico. During school, I dressed in drag for a talent show, did drugs, was mugged, pimped my mom’s car, I swam and did football. Then I went to college in a small town in New Mexico, the same place the MythBusters would go and blow stuff up at. During college, I did everything from running naked on a golf course, to starting a fight club, got tazed by the cops, and I was in a fraternity. Then after two years I dropped out to move back in with family in Texas to help out my dad who got sick. When I was in Texas, I met a girl and we got married. During the relationship, I had cops called on a date, set the apartment on fire, flooded the basement and destroyed family heirlooms.

 After I finished college in Texas, I started a job at a sewer company and got transferred to Kansas City where I live currently. After 2 years in KC, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. During that first year and a half of finding out, I was in the hospital for more than forty days. I had issues walking, I needed to use a cane. I also had to wear an eye patch, so I couldn’t drive for months. Then I found a treatment that I thought was working, but 6 months in my body had become immune to it. So all of that, piled on to everything else that was going on in my personal life, led me to a very dark moment in my life. God told me to just be content and everything will work out. Life is ever changing and you can't fall into the dark place you're in at the moment, because you don’t know what is right around the corner.

After that, I found a new treatment that I have been on for the past year and it has changed my life. I can now run a 5k with no assistance and I have lost 100+lbs. Then, I found comedy and it has opened my eyes to a new way of seeing and handling things. It shows you to not take life too seriously and to look back and laugh on the chaotic situations, realize that you have learned and grown from them. It teaches you not to just wallow in the sadness. This is why I started Story Time With Lynch, I want to show the world that yes you might be in a deep dark hole today, but that doesn’t mean the sun won't shine tomorrow!

L: That’s crazy! I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you, and that humor has made such a positive impact on your life. Can you tell me about one of your favorite 420 stories?

J: When I first started smoking weed, I tried to take a huge bong rip, and two coughs in I puked on my wiener dog and turned her into a chili dog, and ex wife didn’t know how to feel, so for next hour she was locked in bathroom screaming, laughing, and crying, “He puked on my dog!” Then she came out and the next time I coughed she grabbed the dog and made me sit six feet away, it’s not just social distancing it’s good puke distance. 

L: Oh no, not the chili dog! That’s too funny! How does cannabis help with your MS and comedy?

B: For the MS, the weed is amazing. It takes away the pain and let’s my body actually relax. For emotional pain, it really relaxes and just stops the nerves for a bit to calm down. Once I’m high and with a group of people is when I write my best. Everyone needs stoned writing sessions with comedians. It allows me to relax and not over think it!

Check out Josh’s social media to listen to his 420 themed podcast and his other comedy! Happy toking!