US comedian Josh Wolf wonders why many of his peers take themselves so seriously but admits it took him time to feel comfortable telling his own silly stories.

The laidback Los Angeles-based Boston native will make his New Zealand debut in Sunday's group performance of the Best Comedy Show On Earth, before a run of solo shows in Auckland and Wellington, both as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Wolf brings with him more than two decades of stand-up experience, during which he also lent his comedic skills to acting, writing, and presenting, along the path to becoming one