A highlight from Comedian Jo Koy
These days he sells out arenas and theaters across the world and now has three netflix under his belt but he never forgets where he came from in fact his filipino roots culture and especially filipino. Mom continue to be a source of endless inspiration for his comedy and now he writes about his mom and dad growing up biracial kid in america. Combating racism in hollywood and finding his voice as a comedian in a new memoir called mixed plate. Chronicles of an all american combo. And today he comes on the podcast to open up about his early years traveling around the country as a military brat. His mom's legendary immigrant hustle and his first taste of the spotlight as childhood. Michael jackson impersonator. You recall selling tickets. Door to door for his first comedy. Show how he practically hounded netflix's into giving him his first stand up special and how today. He uses his fame to help promote other filipino. Artists and comedians less joe talks about embracing our stereotypes filipino crucifixion rituals and why there really are so many filipino nurses out. They're coming up with joey coy in just a moment. Joe koi is one of today's premier. Stand up comics who entertains audiences across the world. His twenty seventy netflix's special jo. Koy live from seattle was so successful that he released a follow up sequel in two thousand nineteen and is twenty seventeen break. The mold tour sold out so many shows in honolulu that the mayor proclaimed november twenty fourth. Joel koy day in two thousand eighteen. He was named up comedian of the year by the montreal just for laughs festival and now he tells his story in a memoir. That is both touching and hilarious titled mixed plate. Chronicles of an all-american combo. Joe welcome to the podcast. I love yvette. Thank you so much will joe. It's great to have you on the show. And i'm a fan of your act the so much of your comedy centers on your family your parents and the fact that you are the product of a biracial marriage. Tell us about your mom and dad in many ways. They couldn't have been more different right. How do i wanna make my dad out to be like this dad guy but back then the man was kinda just by you know and left my mom to raise me. You know what i mean. And and the assistant. So if you could just i i always say this to my son if he can just imagine. The time that we lived in there were no instagram and facebook. Or anything like that. You know you're talking about a filipino immigrant. Woman that comes in this country. No friends no family next to you know. She's by herself with some kids. So just imagine how that was for her. And that's what this book explained because you know maybe that'll help you understand why i talk about her so much on stage. I'm curious. is your dad still with us in due to have any kind of a relationship these most definitely. That's why careful with my words. Don't get me wrong. He knows i used to curse a lot. When i was a kid you know. I told him to his face. How mad he made me. You know but you know that's life we're allowed to make mistakes and but my dad has been the most he's an angel now. You know what i mean. He's been in my life. You know that that that time that time when they were divorced was very troubling time for the whole family and it was a great deal of depression. That i had to deal with in comedy was my outlet and and then reuniting with my dad you know in my twenties was you know was was heavily. You know what mean. I probably got that that father figure back in my life. You know my stepdad fred. My mom's second husband. Was you know he was like my angel. You know what i mean but it was always good to have my father back in my life. Yeah and your mom and dad met when he was in the military in stationed in the philippines right. Yeah oh yeah military. I say this joke on stage. You know military i. God bless the military because if it wasn't for the military they won't be mixed-race i'd be that for the bottom line heart when i used to live on the bases. Here's another thing that i know with my son. He's got all these kids that are brown color mixed color. Like it's a thing it's a thing but that's life. Life has evolved You know my mom. And dad met you know in the sixties. You know what i mean. Things were still new. You know my dad grew up graduated high school in the fifties. So it's like you know what i mean. The tension the racial tension and then asian in whites. In making this thing. That i was i had all been is but they were green like no one. I don't want to curse but knew what i was and get also it's a. It was a different time like to that mixed with a a a a crazy thing back then. Era was always trying to figure out what i was. That's where that joke comes from. I hate keep doing my bits. But you know when everyone would find out what i was. Happy asian get the worst compliments because they did not a approach be. Oh my god. You're you're half filipino. Love orange chicken like what are you talking about. That's not even chinese. What are you talking about. But yeah so it's like you know when it was for the military you wouldn't have people like myself.