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A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how a half-Filipino, half-white kid whose mom thought (and still thinks) his career goal was to become a clown became a success. Not an overnight success, because that would have made for a really short read, but an All-American success who could give my immigrant mom the kind of life she hoped for when she came to this country, and my son the kind of life I wished I’d had as a kid. With all the details of what it felt like to get the doors closed in my face, to grind it out on the road with my arsenal of dick jokes, and how my career finally took off once I embraced the craziness of my family, which I always thought was uniquely Filipino but turns out is as universal as it gets. In this book, I’ll take you behind the mic, behind the curtain—OK, way behind it. From growing up with a mom who made me dance like Michael Jackson at the Knights of Columbus, to some real dark stuff, the stuff we don’t talk about often enough as immigrants. Mental health, poverty, drinking. And show you the path to my American Dream. Which was paved with a lot of failure, department store raffle tickets to win free color televisions, bad jokes, old VHS tapes, a motorcycle my mom probably still hates, the only college final I aced (wasn’t math), and getting my first laugh on stage. There’s photo evidence of it all here, too. In this book, I get serious about my funny. And I want to make you laugh a little while I do it. I’m like Hawaii’s favorite lunch—the mixed plate. Little bit of this, a little bit of that. My book Mixed Plate is too. 8 hours and 18 minutes


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A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how a half-Filipino, half-white kid whose mom thought (and still thinks) his career goal was to become a clown became a success. Not an overnight success, because that would have made for a really short read, but an All-American success who could give my immigrant mom the kind of life she hoped for when she came to this country, and my son the kind of life I wished I’d had as a kid. With all the details of what it felt like to get the doors closed in my face, to grind it out on the road with my arsenal of dick jokes, and how my career finally took off once I embraced the craziness of my family, which I always thought was uniquely Filipino but turns out is as universal as it gets. In this book, I’ll take you behind the mic, behind the curtain—OK, way behind it. From growing up with a mom who made me dance like Michael Jackson at the Knights of Columbus, to some real dark stuff, the stuff we don’t talk about often enough as immigrants. Mental health, poverty, drinking. And show you the path to my American Dream. Which was paved with a lot of failure, department store raffle tickets to win free color televisions, bad jokes, old VHS tapes, a motorcycle my mom probably still hates, the only college final I aced (wasn’t math), and getting my first laugh on stage. There’s photo evidence of it all here, too. In this book, I get serious about my funny. And I want to make you laugh a little while I do it. I’m like Hawaii’s favorite lunch—the mixed plate. Little bit of this, a little bit of that. My book Mixed Plate is too. 8 hours and 18 minutes

30 review for Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo

  1. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com MIXED PLATE: Chronicles of an All-American Combo by Jo Koy is the comedian’s autobiography and is written and narrated by himself. I knew the minute this came out, I had to listen to it on Audible. I normally prefer to read rather than listen to a book, but Jo Koy is such a fantastic storyteller so I really believe this is the best way to get all the nuances of the autobiography. (And besides, I love hearing him imitate his mother! Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com MIXED PLATE: Chronicles of an All-American Combo by Jo Koy is the comedian’s autobiography and is written and narrated by himself. I knew the minute this came out, I had to listen to it on Audible. I normally prefer to read rather than listen to a book, but Jo Koy is such a fantastic storyteller so I really believe this is the best way to get all the nuances of the autobiography. (And besides, I love hearing him imitate his mother!) I knew the basics of his life from watching his stand-up, but in this autobiography he shares deeper and more intimate memories and stories. His stories are emotionally raw and starkly give you the picture of his family’s early disfunction and poverty. His willingness to hustle and work hard to make his dream of being a stand-up comedian come true was inspiring, especially with all the racism in the system as he was trying to break in. If you are not familiar with this “mixed plate”, half Filipino/half white comedian, you need to read this book, listen to this Audible and/or watch his Netflix specials. His is truly a story of the immigrant dream of “making it” in America and not only making it himself but also sharing and raising his whole family up with him. I am so glad I listened to this great autobiography on Audible and I highly recommend it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maida

    When I learned that Jo Koy wrote a book, I checked right away if he’d read it himself. Audio is truly the best way to consume this autobiography. Ourselves a “mixed plate”, my white military husband and I (brown Filipina) enjoyed Jo Koy’s incredibly honest and relatable sharing of his life from childhood up to his recent success. We nodded our heads when he spoke about his parents and life inside US bases. I teared up at his recounting of how the Filipino community embraced them in Tacoma, his f When I learned that Jo Koy wrote a book, I checked right away if he’d read it himself. Audio is truly the best way to consume this autobiography. Ourselves a “mixed plate”, my white military husband and I (brown Filipina) enjoyed Jo Koy’s incredibly honest and relatable sharing of his life from childhood up to his recent success. We nodded our heads when he spoke about his parents and life inside US bases. I teared up at his recounting of how the Filipino community embraced them in Tacoma, his family’s poverty, and his brother’s illness. We laughed at his stories about his family including the ones we already heard before. We finished the book with a better understanding and more admiration for this man who represents Filipino-Americans in the best way possible—by making people laugh WITH us not AT us.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Taylor-rose

    Such a good listen - highly recommend it as an audiobook.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    Sure, I'll be the first to review Jo Koy's memoir. No pressure or anything..... I was working in post production the first time I heard of Jo Koy. We were working on the release of one of his specials and my job was to make sure the closed captions were correct. This took me almost three times as long as any other job because I was in tears laughing for so much of it. Mixed Plate is also something that brought me to tears - and not entirely because of how funny it is. Jo opens up about his life - Sure, I'll be the first to review Jo Koy's memoir. No pressure or anything..... I was working in post production the first time I heard of Jo Koy. We were working on the release of one of his specials and my job was to make sure the closed captions were correct. This took me almost three times as long as any other job because I was in tears laughing for so much of it. Mixed Plate is also something that brought me to tears - and not entirely because of how funny it is. Jo opens up about his life - his trauma of being an 'other' in school, of learning how to make people laugh to fit in, of dealing with family drama and hiding it deep down inside. Jo strives to gain his mother's approval - an Asian mother's approval is of the highest honor - and I think she will be proud of this book. Jo talks about his start in comedy, of the struggle of working three jobs and doing late night shows causing him to miss his son. He talks about the parent-child relationship, of sibling rivalry and sibling friendship. He talks about being the best dad that he can. This is a book full of heart. Jo Koy is opening his heart on these pages and I closed the book full of tears, yet again. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Jo Koy’s memoir is special. He hustled and worked his ass off to get where he is today. He is such a family man and takes care of his people. Gave this 5⭐️. Go watch his specials on Netflix and once we’re all able to have live events again, I recommend seeing him live. His openers are super funny too! And lastly, go pick up a copy of his book! Thank you Jo Koy, HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I never write book reviews, but I had to for this book. As a “mixed plate” myself (Filipina/white) it was amazing to read a book where I made a true connection with the author. I am no stranger to Jo Koy after seeing him do stand up at a Holiday Inn in NJ (and seeing him at least 5 more times in various venues over the years), so I expected his humor to come through his writing. What I did not expect was the raw and deep emotions felt when he shared some of his more challenging experiences that I never write book reviews, but I had to for this book. As a “mixed plate” myself (Filipina/white) it was amazing to read a book where I made a true connection with the author. I am no stranger to Jo Koy after seeing him do stand up at a Holiday Inn in NJ (and seeing him at least 5 more times in various venues over the years), so I expected his humor to come through his writing. What I did not expect was the raw and deep emotions felt when he shared some of his more challenging experiences that you don’t see when he is on stage making you laugh during a 45 minute set or during one of his Netflix specials. There are just somethings you won’t understand unless you were raised by a Filipino mother, and to see someone (a mixed plate) like me to put it in print for the first time is refreshing. A “See! This guy gets me” kind of feeling. You can hear Jo’s voice in the writing along with the impressions of his mother that make you legitimately laugh out loud. He also throws in some delicious looking Filipino recipes into some of the chapters too #lumpia4eva. Thoughtful, reflective, and of course hilarious, Jo Koy has created an enjoyable read that I could not put down. Maraming Salamat Josep!

  7. 4 out of 5

    ABC_Ashleysbooks

    I LOVE Jo Koy! I love his stand up and his honesty. Being able to relate to him on multiple levels. I loved being able to read and learn more about his life behind the scenes and the back stories of his jokes told in his stand up. If you love him, read this! If you don’t know him, read this. I highly recommend this memoir! Then go watch his stand up specials on Netflix

  8. 5 out of 5

    Loida Masalaysay

    I enjoyed listening to the audio book format of Mixed Plate. It was as if I was watching his shows. Jo Koy narrated his life in a very entertaining way. Life of an immigrant is very challenging, but his family demonstrated perseverance and hard work to survive in the states, their new home.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of his comedy. Media Type: Audiobook Source: CCP Library Dates Read: 5/5/21 - 5/7/21 Stars: 4 Stars The Story: It’s amazing that I’ve been watching Jo Koy’s comedy for years but there is so much I didn’t know about him. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I expect him to spew all of his dirty secrets on stage but he seems to tell so many personal stories on stage yet they are jus Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a fan of his comedy. Media Type: Audiobook Source: CCP Library Dates Read: 5/5/21 - 5/7/21 Stars: 4 Stars The Story: It’s amazing that I’ve been watching Jo Koy’s comedy for years but there is so much I didn’t know about him. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I expect him to spew all of his dirty secrets on stage but he seems to tell so many personal stories on stage yet they are just the tip of the iceberg. He is wide open in this book and his experiences are so different from my own I was addicted. The Random Thoughts: Challenges: Goodreads Book Bingo 2021 - G2 - An author’s debut novel

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Mulrine

    Breezed through this! What a Filipino, including recipes in his book. I'm going to try them, you bet. They aren't much different from my mom's. In general, I don't enjoy male comedians much anymore because of the biased and gendered language many still use, but a lot of his act is his life growing up half Filipino in America, so it has me in stitches. And the insight on his journey growing up, taking ownership of the immature stuff he used to do... I appreciate stories when people learn from the Breezed through this! What a Filipino, including recipes in his book. I'm going to try them, you bet. They aren't much different from my mom's. In general, I don't enjoy male comedians much anymore because of the biased and gendered language many still use, but a lot of his act is his life growing up half Filipino in America, so it has me in stitches. And the insight on his journey growing up, taking ownership of the immature stuff he used to do... I appreciate stories when people learn from their past.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Park

    4.5 stars. So enjoyable and interesting in learning more about his upbringing and life. His impressions of his mother are the most fun and endearing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Eom

    Jo Koy is such an amazing comedian. His jokes are hilarious and his storytelling is fantastic. Learning about his life was a reality check. In the back of our minds we know not every actor/comedian come from a great background but we don’t really think about it. Learning about Koy’s upbringing and his life before becoming famous was so interesting. I like that he didn’t paint himself out to be this perfect person. He was real in his book, showing his fans his real self. His complicated relationshi Jo Koy is such an amazing comedian. His jokes are hilarious and his storytelling is fantastic. Learning about his life was a reality check. In the back of our minds we know not every actor/comedian come from a great background but we don’t really think about it. Learning about Koy’s upbringing and his life before becoming famous was so interesting. I like that he didn’t paint himself out to be this perfect person. He was real in his book, showing his fans his real self. His complicated relationship with his mom still exists today and I like that he acknowledges this but doesn’t paint her in a bad light. I loved the pictures as well. Jo Koy is the real deal!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy B

    I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook narrated by the comedian himself, and while it wasn’t stand up like his Netflix specials, it was at times raucously funny. His life story is also more than just challenging or poignant, it’s downright traumatic. If you are a mixed race first generation child living in America and recall trying to navigate this culture (especially while living under the influence of Filipinos) this book is a MUST read. I realize my review and recommendations are th I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook narrated by the comedian himself, and while it wasn’t stand up like his Netflix specials, it was at times raucously funny. His life story is also more than just challenging or poignant, it’s downright traumatic. If you are a mixed race first generation child living in America and recall trying to navigate this culture (especially while living under the influence of Filipinos) this book is a MUST read. I realize my review and recommendations are through the lens of an AAPI Filipina, and this book won’t appeal to all. But it’s an entertaining, moving, humorous look into the Asian immigrant experience.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I like Jo Koy. I first started watching him on “Chelsea Lately”, then through his comedy specials. When I saw he was releasing a memoir, I knew I wanted to read it - and I’m glad I did. Jo writes with emotion and honesty. Not all of us had an easy time of it, and tough as it might have been, Jo recalls the rough times with honesty. I highly recommend this book to all- even if you haven’t watched Jo on his various platforms. This book will make you a fan.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eli Ramirez

    Thank you, JO for putting the light on our community!!! GREAT STORYTELLING, FOR THE MEMORIES, & MOST OF ALL, THE LAUGHS!!! If you got lumpia-pancit in your blood, READ THIS NOW!!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼.5 of 5 (5.5 of 5)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Martha Gorski

    Thank you for sharing your story, Jo Koy. Your story made me laugh, made me cry, and made me thank my mom for everything I have now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    I knew who Jo Koy was and had seen his bits on some comedy shows. Recently I watched his own comedy specials and thought he was a hoot. I saw he had a memoir out ... I like reading biographies/autobiographies so checked it. And it too is a hoot! Jo is a American-Filipino ... his father is a white American and when was in the air force when he met Jo's mom, a Filipino, when he was stationed overseas. The family moved around a lot as his dad got transferred. They finally settled in Tacoma, WA, wher I knew who Jo Koy was and had seen his bits on some comedy shows. Recently I watched his own comedy specials and thought he was a hoot. I saw he had a memoir out ... I like reading biographies/autobiographies so checked it. And it too is a hoot! Jo is a American-Filipino ... his father is a white American and when was in the air force when he met Jo's mom, a Filipino, when he was stationed overseas. The family moved around a lot as his dad got transferred. They finally settled in Tacoma, WA, where the family was one of the few non-white families. To fit in, Jo used humour. He loved watching stand-up comedians and decided that's what he wanted to do when he grew up. His father suddenly left and Jo didn't know why and it left a void. It made things tougher at home because his mother was now a single mom supporting four kids. Things got better when his mother remarried and Jo got the father figure he was lacking. The family moved to Vegas when Jo was 18 and he started working on his future. He had some success but he knew that if he was going to fulfill his dream, he had to head to LA. So off he went. He married, had a child and quickly divorced, though he and his ex are still good friends and he has an excellent relationship with his son, Little Joe, who is now 18. One of the things that drove him and continues to drive him is that he doesn't want his son to have the childhood he did. So he works hard to ensure his son has everything he needs and wants, unlike when Jo was growing up. I liked the writing style ... like his comedy routines, it was funny and sarcastic. I liked him as a person and he sounds like a nice caring fella. But he also speaks from the heart as he talks about his childhood and the struggles and hustles to achieve his dream. As a head's up, there is swearing. At the beginning of every chapter, there is a Filipino recipe. At the end of the book, there are lots of pictures starting from when he was a baby right up to him and his teenage son, Little Joe. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2021/05...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. NOTE: This review is written from the perspective of a first generation Filipino-American. I started reading the Kindle version and later switched to the audio version. I think the audio made it an even more authentic story. I found this book so relatable. It made his comedy act not just funny but real. Jo Koy is first and foremost authentic. He’s for real. No bullshit. Straight up. What you see is what you get. You may be laughing now but there was a time it wasn’t something to laugh about. Gro NOTE: This review is written from the perspective of a first generation Filipino-American. I started reading the Kindle version and later switched to the audio version. I think the audio made it an even more authentic story. I found this book so relatable. It made his comedy act not just funny but real. Jo Koy is first and foremost authentic. He’s for real. No bullshit. Straight up. What you see is what you get. You may be laughing now but there was a time it wasn’t something to laugh about. Growing up first generation is something to be grateful for but also a struggle. His story tells all of our stories. And the details. Wow. A schizophrenic brother. A father who walked out on them. Raised by a single mom. The details of our stories aren’t the same of course but it’s an upbringing we all can relate to. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Lost a star for its colorful language. While I have been known to swear like a sailor, I don’t find that necessary for the book. His act? Okay I get it. I’m not into that kind of comedy but I get it. I think it could have done without it but also see how it’s just all part of being Jo Koy. I recommend this for any Filipino-American most especially first generation kids (full-blooded or mixed) Also, profanity or not I am dying to see one of Jo Koy’s shows. The Kindle edition (and the print edition I assume) have recipes including an adobo style chicken wing I must now try.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This isn't just a comedian's story, or an immigrant's story. It's a beautiful story about growing up in a minority/immigrant family, trying so hard to be what you think is "American" and living for your dreams regardless of your situation in life. It's about acceptance and success, something everyone can understand. Also, I think my Mexican mom and his Filipino mom are the exact same person. This isn't just a comedian's story, or an immigrant's story. It's a beautiful story about growing up in a minority/immigrant family, trying so hard to be what you think is "American" and living for your dreams regardless of your situation in life. It's about acceptance and success, something everyone can understand. Also, I think my Mexican mom and his Filipino mom are the exact same person.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Mendoza-Aguilar

    I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book! Of course, I'm biased, because I'm a huge Jo Koy fan. :) I discovered Jo Koy last year, having come across a short comedy video of him. I looked him up, watched all his clips on YouTube and his Netflix specials. Needless to say, I was hooked and became an instant fan. He has this ability to connect with his audience and does it in a way that makes you believe he's just talking to you, one on one, as friends. Anyway, I was excited when I found out he wrote I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book! Of course, I'm biased, because I'm a huge Jo Koy fan. :) I discovered Jo Koy last year, having come across a short comedy video of him. I looked him up, watched all his clips on YouTube and his Netflix specials. Needless to say, I was hooked and became an instant fan. He has this ability to connect with his audience and does it in a way that makes you believe he's just talking to you, one on one, as friends. Anyway, I was excited when I found out he wrote a memoir. Could not wait to read it. Then I found out that he narrates the audiobook, so I quickly wanted to listen to the book instead. I was not disappointed. It was like listening to one of his comedy specials! Fantastic!❤ Not only is the book funny (of course), but it is super humbling in my opinion. He takes you from his childhood to now, a successful comedian. If you are a fan, please don't hesitate to read or listen to the book. Or even if you aren't a fan, it's enjoyable as well. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    DebbieG

    I think the author sums up my feelings so to quote the author. "Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how a half-Filipino, half-white kid whose mom thought (and still thinks) his career goal was to become a clown became a success. Not an overnight success, because that would have made for a really short read, but an All-American success who could give my immigrant mom the kind of life she hoped for when she came to this country, and my son the I think the author sums up my feelings so to quote the author. "Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how a half-Filipino, half-white kid whose mom thought (and still thinks) his career goal was to become a clown became a success. Not an overnight success, because that would have made for a really short read, but an All-American success who could give my immigrant mom the kind of life she hoped for when she came to this country, and my son the kind of life I wished I’d had as a kid. " This memoir made me laugh and cry, sometimes together!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yle

    Jo Koy is funny as hell, confident as hell, and willing to hold both darkness and lightness with such ease! Totally recommend this book especially on a daily commute ♥️ Appreciate him speaking on the mixed experience (from the perspective of his mixed experience) & enjoyed his line: “I finally knew what my identity was: I’m funny.” Also I appreciate the candid line : “I am not afraid or ashamed of my white family, I just felt supported and seen by my Filipino family.” (Paraphrased).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bill Cass

    I went into this book already being a Jo Koy fan and let's face it, that's exactly who should be reading this book. I'm not saying you can't enjoy it if you're not already a fan, but it sure helps. Jo Koy has a very interesting story that speaks to the true American experience. He came to this country with his family at a young age and we learn that the struggle is truly real. As an adult he tries to break into the comedy world and it wasn't easy for a non-white comedian. What really impressed m I went into this book already being a Jo Koy fan and let's face it, that's exactly who should be reading this book. I'm not saying you can't enjoy it if you're not already a fan, but it sure helps. Jo Koy has a very interesting story that speaks to the true American experience. He came to this country with his family at a young age and we learn that the struggle is truly real. As an adult he tries to break into the comedy world and it wasn't easy for a non-white comedian. What really impressed me about the book was that he didn't shy away from anything that made him look bad. He dove head first into the less than stellar parts of his life and was fully honest about what he had done wrong and how things have changed. He didn't have to admit any of that. He could have glossed over it but he had the fortitude to step right up and say "yes, I did this, it was a bad move but I made amends," and that's a very brave thing to do. I got this book as an ARC from the publisher and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review and I'm so glad I did.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Romina Villaflor-Wilson

    For a well-known comedian, Jo Koy’s book is a revelation. As a mom to two half-breed, hyphenated identity children I totally can relate to each chapter where it took me from the Philippines to the Midwest, and the rainy Pacific Northwest with my emotions on a roller coaster of hilarity to heartbreak. The book is a well-written chronicle of (pretty much everyone’s) search for the American Dream. Love, love, love his story! My only regret, after reading this book, was not saying “hi” to him someti For a well-known comedian, Jo Koy’s book is a revelation. As a mom to two half-breed, hyphenated identity children I totally can relate to each chapter where it took me from the Philippines to the Midwest, and the rainy Pacific Northwest with my emotions on a roller coaster of hilarity to heartbreak. The book is a well-written chronicle of (pretty much everyone’s) search for the American Dream. Love, love, love his story! My only regret, after reading this book, was not saying “hi” to him sometime in June 2012 when me and my then-date (now my husband) spotted him on the grounds of a busy Universal Studios Hollywood (we didn’t want to find out if he was rude in person), but if he is what he says he is, he would probably have appreciated it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fil-Aurelio

    4.5 stars for me! A big fan of Jokoy here! So i’ll be bias on here! Lol! Knowing more about the person, deeper and connecting to them, brings you more closer to the them and telling that he/she is just like me! With struggles, challenges, ups and down in life and sacrifices, you’ll gain more respect of what they become now. Lodi! I love autobiographies/memoirs especially of the persons you love. I always love memoirs thru audiobooks! The best platform for memoirs to me. Herbert’s beginning , exp 4.5 stars for me! A big fan of Jokoy here! So i’ll be bias on here! Lol! Knowing more about the person, deeper and connecting to them, brings you more closer to the them and telling that he/she is just like me! With struggles, challenges, ups and down in life and sacrifices, you’ll gain more respect of what they become now. Lodi! I love autobiographies/memoirs especially of the persons you love. I always love memoirs thru audiobooks! The best platform for memoirs to me. Herbert’s beginning , experiences that made him right now, I’m just wow! Respect! Kinda cheesy but with the saying ‘if you will it you can do it’... its everything! Also to his family, complicated/complex but the heart will always and still there, and to his mom.. oh i love his Nanay! Im a big momma’s boy! Sticking to him whatever happens is such a great blessing to Jokoy, i hope one day i’ll see Jokoy’s live performance. Mabuhay ka!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is a wonderful memoir/biography of famed comic Joseph Herbert better known as Jo Koy. I’ve seen his standup shows on Netflix and some of his stuff on YouTube and have always enjoyed his comedy style. He literally makes me laugh so hard it hurts! So when I found out he had a book coming out I immediately put a hold on it at my library ASAP! Well I just finished it and I loved it! He’s a smooth story teller. This book made me laugh and made me cry and made me think. His life is so interesting This is a wonderful memoir/biography of famed comic Joseph Herbert better known as Jo Koy. I’ve seen his standup shows on Netflix and some of his stuff on YouTube and have always enjoyed his comedy style. He literally makes me laugh so hard it hurts! So when I found out he had a book coming out I immediately put a hold on it at my library ASAP! Well I just finished it and I loved it! He’s a smooth story teller. This book made me laugh and made me cry and made me think. His life is so interesting. A good read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    You would expect a comedian to write a hilarious memoir. But Jo Koy also opens himself up to his readers and fans in a deep and meaningful way, talking about some really hard stuff. His is a story of perseverance, and staying singularly focused on his dream and putting in the hard work to make it a reality. He was born in Tacoma, Washington to a Filipina mom and an American dad. In his words, "My story is an immigrant's story." You would expect a comedian to write a hilarious memoir. But Jo Koy also opens himself up to his readers and fans in a deep and meaningful way, talking about some really hard stuff. His is a story of perseverance, and staying singularly focused on his dream and putting in the hard work to make it a reality. He was born in Tacoma, Washington to a Filipina mom and an American dad. In his words, "My story is an immigrant's story."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Listened to the audio version which is narrated by Koy. I picked this book up because I enjoyed Koy's standup specials and his experience in a Filipino family remind me of some of my family members. This is a well-balanced book. Koy uses his humor to balance some more serious aspects of his upbringing. Koy also has a long history in the industry (longer than I was aware) so it's cool to hear his stories with other famous comedians. There was one section with a medically graphic accident in his you Listened to the audio version which is narrated by Koy. I picked this book up because I enjoyed Koy's standup specials and his experience in a Filipino family remind me of some of my family members. This is a well-balanced book. Koy uses his humor to balance some more serious aspects of his upbringing. Koy also has a long history in the industry (longer than I was aware) so it's cool to hear his stories with other famous comedians. There was one section with a medically graphic accident in his youth that made me cringe with its detail. Overall, this is a good listen.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charm

    I loved this book so much! I was hearing Jo Koy’s voice the entire time and it made me feel like I was watching him on stage. Being a Filipina/American, I definitely related to the story especially the challenge of growing up with immigrant parents. I’ve never been around people who could relate (aside from my siblings) so it’s always comforting and painful 😣 to hear stories of other people who had similar experiences. This book was raw, emotional, humble & laugh out loud funny! The perfect comb I loved this book so much! I was hearing Jo Koy’s voice the entire time and it made me feel like I was watching him on stage. Being a Filipina/American, I definitely related to the story especially the challenge of growing up with immigrant parents. I’ve never been around people who could relate (aside from my siblings) so it’s always comforting and painful 😣 to hear stories of other people who had similar experiences. This book was raw, emotional, humble & laugh out loud funny! The perfect combination for a great story. Highly recommend this especially if you enjoyed his stand up comedies! ~ SALAMAT JOSEPPPPP 🇵🇭✨ (and for the delicious recipes 🤤)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    This book was everything! I own the hardcover and the Audible. The hardcover is beautiful with childhood photos. The Audible leaves you sitting at the edge of your seat since Jo Koy is narrating it himself. Thank you so much for the Filipino recipes! What a treat! Growing up Filipina-American I never had many role models that looked like me, let alone anyone who could verbalize exactly what it was like growing up as a child of Filipino immigrants. Every story in this book had a parallel to my pe This book was everything! I own the hardcover and the Audible. The hardcover is beautiful with childhood photos. The Audible leaves you sitting at the edge of your seat since Jo Koy is narrating it himself. Thank you so much for the Filipino recipes! What a treat! Growing up Filipina-American I never had many role models that looked like me, let alone anyone who could verbalize exactly what it was like growing up as a child of Filipino immigrants. Every story in this book had a parallel to my personal life: the good, the bad, the ugly. So much trauma and so much joy - complicated right? I am so thankful Jo Koy put to paper his life experience. I finally have something to turn to as I navigate my own journey into adulthood and eventually parenthood. Maraming salamat!

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