Fil-Am comedian Jo Koy stars in Netflix TV special

Netflix has featured Filipino-American Jo Koy’s self-produced comedy special that is riding the boom in televised stand-up comedy.

Jokoy on Netflix

Jo Koy or Joseph Glenn Herbert’s show “Live from Seattle” episode features his brand of comedy that pokes fun at his Asian-American experiences and Filipino heritage, more notably his Filipina mother’s insistence of doing things “Pinoy” in America.

The preview of his Netflix show has the Filipino comic taking potshots at US-Philippine relations saying he is half-white, half-Filipino and therefore, his father was in the military.

Jo Koy goes on to say how his Filipina mother met his American father, "A lot of soldiers were fighting for this country; my dad was dating."

He also affectionately recalls how his 4’10” mother used Vicks Vaporub as an all-around cure saying, “She treated us like we were still in the Philippines.”

Jo Koy: Live from Seattle was filmed at the Moore Theater in the comedian’s hometown of Seattle, Washington, with all aspects running with his creative input.

“I worked every hat,” he said. “It felt so good and so rewarding to be able to submit that piece of work to Netflix because it was my heart, my soul, my blood,” Jo Koy said in an NBC News report.

The 45-year old comic started his career in 1989 at a Las Vegas coffeehouse and credits his mother for encouraging him to join school talent shows, hold impromptu performances, which eventually inspired his move to Los Angeles.

Jo Koy has since appeared in NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2005, has over 100 episodes as guest panelist on “Chelsea Lately” – Chelsea Handler’s former E! talk show, and two Comedy Central specials., Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. 

Koy’s bio also lists his appearances on VH1, World’s Funniest Fails, The Joy Behar Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and Jamie Foxx: Laffapalooza.

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