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|Birth name||Jose Antonio Diaz|
February 19, 1963 |
|Medium||Stand-up, television, podcast, film|
|Notable works and roles||My Name is Earl
The Longest Yard
Joey Diaz was born in 1963 in Cuba, and raised in North Bergen, New Jersey. He lost his parents at age 15, and was taken in by a series of North Bergen families, including two police officers named Robert Bender and Carmine Balzano, but frequent run-ins with the law, including his involvement in fights, kept him moving among a total of four families. Diaz says a total of 20 Italian and Irish families attempted to assist him, such as local funeral home owner Anthony Vanieri. Diaz explains that their sense of humor greatly influenced his own career, which had its earliest beginnings as a student in North Bergen High School.
Diaz left North Bergen for the University of Colorado at Boulder on June 1, 1985, but his academic life was interrupted when he was arrested for kidnapping and aggravated robbery, for which he served time in prison. His standup comedy career began in prison, where he gained popularity by improvising material in front of Thursday night Movie Night audiences after the projector malfunctioned.
After he was released from prison, Diaz moved to Seattle, where he began performing in front of open mic audiences.In 1996 he moved to Los Angeles. After his career spread to other venues, he accepted an offer from a CBS talent scout to work on a television pilot. Although the series was not purchased, the visibility it gave him helped his career, garnering him appearances on the television show Law & Order and in films including Spider-Man 2 and the 2004 film Taxi. His most visible role was in the 2005 film The Longest Yard and as a prison convict named Joey the Candy Bar Criminal, a part he played in four 2007 episodes of My Name is Earl, and which he obtained on the basis of his own past in prison. That same year he also appeared as "Joey Karate", doing humorous promotions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in California, clips of which can be found on YouTube.
As of 2011, Diaz was working on a documentary chronicling his life in North Bergen, and how he was influenced by the various people who took care of him following his parents' death, to whom the film is made in tribute.
As of September 2012, Diaz hosts a bi-weekly morning video podcast called "The Church Of What's Happening Now".
In 2013, he had a role in the movie Grudge Match seen alongside Robert De Niro as his coach.
In Season 2 Episode 12 of Maron (TV series), Diaz guest starred as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
Diaz has performed his standup in his hometown of North Bergen for charity. On November 4, 2007, he made an appearance to help raise money for North Bergen High School basketball team uniforms.
Diaz lives in Los Angeles, but still keeps in touch with his loved ones in North Bergen, whom he regards as his family.
Film and television appearances
- Maron (2014) - Bobby Mendez
- The Dog Who Saved Easter (2014) - Stewey McMann
- Grudge Match (2013)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) - Sal (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
- The Dog Who Saved The Hollidays (2012) - Stewey McMann
- Kickin' It "We Are Family" (2012) TV Episode .... Meatball King (as Joey Coco Diaz)
- The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011) - Stewey McMann
- Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
- My Dog's Christmas Miracle(2010) .... TSA Officer
- Stonerville (video) (2011) .... Johnny Scarano
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) - Stewey McMann
- The Russian (video short) (2010) .... Frank
- Stacy's Mom (video) (2010) .... Frankie the Teach (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009)- Stewey McMann (as Joey Coco Diaz)
- The Deported (2009) .... Sheriff
- Redemption (film short) (2009) .... Ritchie
- My Life at 26 (TV movie) (2008) .... Paxon
- Boiler Maker (video) (2008) .... Enzo
- Wizards of Waverly Place (TV series) (2008) "The Supernatural" .... Newsstand Guy (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
- One Hogan Place (TV movie) (2008) .... Vinnie Books
- The Dark Knight (2008) Special Features.... Restaurant owner
- Frank TV (2007) "Ballpark Frank" (2007) .... Defendant
- My Name Is Earl (2007) .... Joey the prisoner (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz) (3 Episodes)
- "Our Other Cops Is On!: Part 1" (2007)
- "Our Other Cops Is On!: Part 2" (2007)
- "My Name Is Inmate #28301-016: Part 1" (2007)
- White Pants (video short) (2007) .... Coach Larkin
- Alive N' Kickin' (TV movie) (2007) .... Joey
- Murder 101: College Can Be Murder (2007) .... Herbie Saxe
- "Smiley Face" (2007) .... Security Guard
- "My Life at 26' Shortoon" (video short) (2007) .... voice
- Everybody hates Chris "Everybody Hates Promises" (2006) .... Restaurant owner
- How I Met Your Mother Where Were We?" (2006) … Angry New Yorker
- 18 Fingers of Death! (2006) .... Sammy Delassandro
- A Fine Line (2006) .... Bruno Scalise
- The Longest Yard (2005) .... Anthony "Big Tony" Cobianco
- Accidentally on Purpose (film) (2005) .... Geraldo
- Break a Leg (2005) .... Large Producer
- Endings (2005)
- The Mafia Type (2004) .... Big Al
- Taxi (2004) .... Freddy (as Joey Coco Diaz)
- Spider-Man 2 (2004) .... Train Passenger (as Joey Coco Diaz)
- Back by Midnight (2004) .... Jojo (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Criminal" (2004) .... Elijah Coney
- Cold Case "Disco Inferno (2004) .... Ken Mazzacone (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
- ER "The Greater Good" (2003).... Grocery Store Clerk
- Karen Sisco "Dear Derwood..." (2003) .... Paulie
- Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) .... Emmanuel's Entourage
- "The Mezzos" (short) (2003) .... Joey Mezzo
- Analyze That (2002).... Ducks
- Another Bobby O'Hara Story (2002) .... Tommy Brando
- NYPD Blue
- "Death by Cycle" (2002) .... Manny Mankiewicz
- "Women vs. Men" (2002) (TV) .... Goon
- The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (2002)....Pizza Deliver Bodyguard (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
- American Gun (2002) .... Gun Smuggler
- You Got Nothin' (2002) .... Charlie
- Back by Midnight (2002) .... Jojo
- BASEketball (1998) .... Referee
- Mad TV (????) Sopranos parody
- You Can't Eat Pussy With Asthma (2013)
- Testicle Testaments 5: Crimes Against Myself (2013)
- Testicle Testaments 4: How I Got Into Comedy (2013)
- The Blue Album (2013)
- Testicle Testaments 3: The Person Who Made Me A Man (2012)
- Testicle Testaments 2: Crime Stories (2012)
- Testicle Testaments 1: The Worst & Best Day Of My Life (2012)
- It's Either You or The Priest (2012)
- Live at the 3 Clubs in Hollywood (2011)
- 1st Amendment Stand Up (TV series) "Joey Diaz/Melanie Comarcho/Lavell Crawford" (2007) (writer)
- BET's ComicView "ComicView: New Orleans Party Gras" (2000) (writer)
- Where I Got My Balls From (Documentary) (2012) .... Himself
- Inside MMA "Episode #2.17" (2008) … Guest
- The Payaso Comedy Slam (TV movie) (2007) .... Himself
- 1st Amendment Stand Up (TV series) "Joey Diaz/Melanie Comarcho/Lavell Crawford" (2007) .... Himself - Comedian
- Inside Joke (TV series) (2004) .... Himself
- National Lampoon Live: New Faces
- The History of Choking (documentary short) (2002) .... Himself
- BET's Comicview "ComicView: New Orleans Party Gras" (2000) .... Himself - Comedian (as Coco)
- "#152 - The Church Of What's Happening Now". Libsyn. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
- Maron, Marc (October 3, 2013). WTF with Marc Maron Podcast "Episode 429 - Joey Diaz". Year given at the 0:24:22 mark.
- LaMarca, Stephen. "From North Bergen to prison to Hollywood". The Union City Reporter. November 6, 2011. Page 4
- Hague, Jim. "NB comedian lands role on 'My Name is Earl'". The Union City Reporter. September 23, 2007. Page 6
- Beauty and Da Beast Podcast. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "1 of 4 Joey 'Coco' Diaz & Joe Rogan Alex Jones Show Uncut". YouTube. November 6, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "Church Of What's Happening Now with Joey Diaz". Libsyn. Retrieved September 30, 2013.