I recently had the opportunity to see Jo Koy live during his sold out Break the Mold Tour. If you are not familiar with Jo Koy (say what?!) let me give you a brief introduction of one of the funniest comedians!
- Jo Koy is of Filipino and European-American descent
- He began his stand-up career in 1994
- In 2005, he came one of a select few comics to receive a standing ovation on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.You know the expression, “I couldn’t make this up if I tried.” We all have thought, “I could make a show out of this.” Jo Koy does just that. He takes snippets of his life and makes you not only realize you can relate, but you are laughing so hard your abs will get a workout. Jo Koy has a son named Joseph. For our sake I hope he just hangs around his Dad more, because the material he gets from him alone is pure genius. Who would think laughing at their child questioning their genetic makeup could be so funny? When he talks about how he grew up, his mother is the main source of his comedic delivery. His mother is Filipino and wasn’t a soft mom to Jo. One of his stories is about how he forgot his lunch at home, called his mom and she told him SIC “too bad”. Why, am I laughing so hard about this story? If a random person told me this, I might feel bad for them. I might even question the mother on why is she so cruel? Jo Koy does the opposite with his comedic skills. He not only has you feeling so sorry for him, but also allows you to laugh at how his mom treated him. Jo Koy flips stereotypes on their head and allows us all to feel ok that we are a stereotype. He also walks you through it.
During his sold out show that I attended at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan IL. I felt as if it was just him and I. He is so good with making eye contact with the audience. He picked out a member of the audience. He got his name learned about him and all throughout the show kept speaking to him off and on. For that time they were besties. That is another quality that I appreciate about Jo Koy. He is a big time guy, but so humble and down to earth. He makes you feel comfortable for being you and he doesn’t have a big ego. At the end of his show, he yelled “I am coming to you, take out your phones”. How many acts have you seen where that is allowed? Usually you have to hide your phone and make a screen play on how to get it out and get a selfie at the same time. Jo, walked around the theater and took pictures and made sure you had a good shot! As I was walking out, there he was again where the merchandise was being sold taking more selfies. Just when you thought ok that was it, it wasn’t.
He went outside where his Marquee was and took more pictures. He thanked his fans and went onto his after show meet and greet with fans. If you’re kicking yourself because you missed an opportunity to see him live, don’t’ worry.
He has a special on Netflix where you can experience him. Start following him on Instagram. He does daily stories and his feed is filled with his daily shenanigans. Pay attention to when he comes to your town next, you will not be sorry.
*facts and Joy Koy picture from Jokoy.com