Jo Koy

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Jo Koy
Jo Koy 2018.jpg
Koy in 2018
Birth nameJoseph Glenn Herbert[1]
Born (1971-06-02) June 2, 1971 (age 47)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.[2]
Years active1989–present

Joseph Glenn Herbert (born June 2, 1971[1][4]), known professionally as Jo Koy, is a Filipino-American stand-up comic. Koy is currently touring as a headliner in clubs and theaters across the country on his new tour called Break The Mold. He was a frequent panelist on E!'s late night show Chelsea Lately. Jo has gained a large following of fans lately from his semi-regular appearances on The Adam Carolla Show, where he does numerous impressions from P.F. Chang's greeter to Bung Lu Su.

Early life[edit]

Jo Koy is of Filipino and European-American descent. His American father was in the Air Force when he married Koy's Filipina mother.[5] Koy's Filipino-American family moved from Spanaway, Washington to Tacoma, Washington and then to Las Vegas soon after he finished high school in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Spanaway Lake High School originally and then moved to Foss High School in Tacoma. He moved to Las Vegas to be near his ailing grandmother. Koy enrolled in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but dropped out to pursue stand-up comedy.[1]

Jo Koy's stage name comes from a nickname his family gave him growing up.[6]


Jo Koy credits his mother for his comedic and acting talents. She encouraged him to participate in school talent shows and to hold impromptu performances for his family and friends. This loving support led to performances at a Las Vegas coffee house, and inspired a move to Los Angeles.

Jo Koy began his stand-up career in 1994 at a comedy club in Las Vegas. Soon he moved from open mic night to a regular spot on the show Catch a Rising Star at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.[1] After performing at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Jo Koy rented the Huntridge Theater and went door to door to sell tickets to his comedy shows.[1]

A talent coordinator from Los Angeles spotted Jo Koy and landed him his first television appearance on BET's ComicView. Jo Koy has appeared on two seasons of Comic View.

Jo Koy has gone on to star in other TV stand-up specials like Jamie Foxx Presents: Laffapalooza!. Jo Koy has won the Showtime at the Apollo, performed in front of troops in the USO Tour, can be seen on various VH1 I Love the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Tru TV's World's Dumbest and New Millennium episodes, Amp'd Mobile phone commercials and received a second invite to the Montreal comedy festival Just For Laughs, the series for which he was awarded Canada’s prestigious Gemini Award. Jo Koy is also a regular guest at Chelsea Handler’s roundtable discussion on E!'s Chelsea Lately. Jo Koy has also appeared on Carlos Mencia’s Punisher Tour performing stand-up comedy in front of fans filling 10,000-seat arenas across the country.

In 2005, Jo Koy performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He became one of a select few comics to receive a standing ovation on the show.

He started a podcast together with comedian and TV host Michael Yo on July 23, 2012 called The Michael Yo and Jo Koy Show.

Koy has also appeared on over 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately as a season regular roundtable guest. Other appearances include: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, VH1, World's Funniest Fails, The Joy Behar Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Last Call with Carson Daly and Jamie Foxx: Laffapalooza.

Today, the comedian tours across the nation and can be heard as a weekly guest on the podcast, The Adam Carolla Show. He joined the PodcastOne family and hosts the weekly podcast, The Koy Pond. Jo Koy has done two highly-rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central: Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. His third comedy special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle is a Netflix Original was released on March 28, 2017 world-wide. Koy has been approved to release another Netflix special soon. On February 23, 2019, Koy will perform two shows on stage at the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO for the closing night of Aspen Laugh Festival.

Charity work[edit]

On August 4, 2009, The Jo Koy Foundation hosted its first huge philanthropic event in "Hilarity For Charity" a stand-up comedy show featuring Jo Koy, along with special surprise comedic guests. The show took place at The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, located in the heart of Citywalk, Universal City, CA. Proceeds from the ticket sales were donated to The Children’s Hospital of Orange County.





Year Title Role Notes
2018 Wake. Peter Lewis


  1. ^ a b c d e Weatherford, Mike (21 August 2009). "INTERVIEWS: Comic Jo Koy finds funny material right at home without going for usual targets". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Biography - The Official Website of Comedian JO KOY". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
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  4. ^ "Jo Koy Facebook page".
  5. ^ White, Carrie (7 January 2010). "Filipino funnyman Jo Koy stops in Virginia Beach". The Virginian-Pilot.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Joe (19 June 2008). "Face2Face with Jo Koy". Retrieved 15 March 2010.

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