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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.


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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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. 5 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...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tera Slawson

    I have been a fan of Jo Koy’s stand up for awhile, but this book has really deepened my appreciation for him and his comedy. This book gives a look behind the mic, a closer look into Jo Koy’s family life and hardships growing up a half white/half Filipino kid in the United States. This book also tells the story how he busted his butt to be a successful stand up and the struggle of wanting to be a great father while having to be away from home so much to pursue his dreams. And of course more stor I have been a fan of Jo Koy’s stand up for awhile, but this book has really deepened my appreciation for him and his comedy. This book gives a look behind the mic, a closer look into Jo Koy’s family life and hardships growing up a half white/half Filipino kid in the United States. This book also tells the story how he busted his butt to be a successful stand up and the struggle of wanting to be a great father while having to be away from home so much to pursue his dreams. And of course more stories of his adorable crazy Filipino mom and something most people can relate to, having a complicated relationship with our complicated mothers. Being raised by a single mom myself I totally can relate to much of Jo Koy’s story. At one point he lists what would be on the grocery list when they were broke broke, like $20.00 for the week, I laughed out loud at this because it was the same for me and my mom, but his mom had to feed 5 people and it was just my mom and I. But this is not a sad story, he of course is now telling this story as a successful stand up and bringing comedy into much of what may have seemed tragic at the time. Happy ending. What was really cool about this is he included some Filipino recipes. My best friend and I picked two of them, Lumpia a kind of Filipino egg roll and Jo Koy’s Chicken Adobo and made them yesterday. Both were delicious and it was a fun day. Really enjoyed the book and now have even more love for Jo Koy than I did before. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  5. 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.

  6. 5 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

    Manny

    I love Koy. I have watched all of his comedy shows..... multiple times. He is extremely funny. I am going to check out the Audio book to see if he narrates it. I love how he does the Filipino accent. This memoir is both serious and yet still funny. Koy talks about his schizophrenic brother and his estranged father. Koy writes about his challenges of growing up with his mom and estranged father for most of his adolescent life. His struggles to find himself and his talent. His story is a quintesse I love Koy. I have watched all of his comedy shows..... multiple times. He is extremely funny. I am going to check out the Audio book to see if he narrates it. I love how he does the Filipino accent. This memoir is both serious and yet still funny. Koy talks about his schizophrenic brother and his estranged father. Koy writes about his challenges of growing up with his mom and estranged father for most of his adolescent life. His struggles to find himself and his talent. His story is a quintessential rags to riches story of someone determined to make it at all cost. Along the way, he has a life altering event that made him look back at his childhood and shaped him to become the dad he is today. Him and his then wife Angie had a baby boy. Although the relationship fell apart, they remained friends and today they co-parent Jo jr. Although the book is written by a comedian and contains many Koy'isms, it also teaches a good life lesson about goal setting and attainment as well as parenting skills. Koy is a very funny guy. If you have never seen him in one of your specials, I recommend jumping on Netflix and give it a gander.

  8. 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.

  9. 5 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 just talking you, one on one, as friends. Anyway, I was excited when I found out he wrote a me 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 just talking 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 fan, it's enjoyable as well. :)

  10. 4 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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claudine

    Jo Koy’s impression of his mom is so worth hearing him narrate his audiobook. His comedy makes me appreciate our shared Filipino American backgrounds in ways I took for granted and things I didn’t really understand until he articulated it like the contradiction of the Filipino mom. Where I would get annoyed by the Filipino nickname that I have, now I just see it as endearing. I can’t get enough of hearing the shared experiences like the restaurant condiments or napkins hoarding or reusing Cool W Jo Koy’s impression of his mom is so worth hearing him narrate his audiobook. His comedy makes me appreciate our shared Filipino American backgrounds in ways I took for granted and things I didn’t really understand until he articulated it like the contradiction of the Filipino mom. Where I would get annoyed by the Filipino nickname that I have, now I just see it as endearing. I can’t get enough of hearing the shared experiences like the restaurant condiments or napkins hoarding or reusing Cool Whip containers as Tupperware. Heck all that is now eco-friendly. Filipinos we’re just ahead of their time! Lol. I’m so glad Jo Koy put his authentic self out there and continues to do so because it lifts all of us up-those who can relate and those that get exposure to the Filipino American experience.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Jo Koy was not an overnight success, instead he worked and hustled for his dream to become an comedian. His Filipino mom was strong enough to support her family as a single immigrant parent before marrying for a second time. This is a story of learning who you are, and recognizing the strength you came from. Why I started this book: I enjoyed Jo Koy's stand up special and thought that this would be a fun book. Why I finished it: This is an autobiography, and while he tells some funny stories, this Jo Koy was not an overnight success, instead he worked and hustled for his dream to become an comedian. His Filipino mom was strong enough to support her family as a single immigrant parent before marrying for a second time. This is a story of learning who you are, and recognizing the strength you came from. Why I started this book: I enjoyed Jo Koy's stand up special and thought that this would be a fun book. Why I finished it: This is an autobiography, and while he tells some funny stories, this is more about his family, their struggles and his hustle to get into comedy. I would give this to anyone who dreams of being a stand up comedian... let them see how much work it is to make someone else laugh. To make it in a business that requires constant travel, late nights and large amount of work to get lucky.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Emm

    Stand up comedy is one of my life’s greatest pleasures. It takes incredible writing—the timing, the storytelling, the nuanced phrasing, the unfolding of a plot line—to be a great stand up comedian, and, to me, Jo Koy is all of those things. The dirty, crass-to-get-a-laugh style of comedy is not my taste; it’s the wit and observation based comedy I love. I really, really love his stand up style/writing, and reading about his own life by peeking behind the humor of his sets was wonderful. His desc Stand up comedy is one of my life’s greatest pleasures. It takes incredible writing—the timing, the storytelling, the nuanced phrasing, the unfolding of a plot line—to be a great stand up comedian, and, to me, Jo Koy is all of those things. The dirty, crass-to-get-a-laugh style of comedy is not my taste; it’s the wit and observation based comedy I love. I really, really love his stand up style/writing, and reading about his own life by peeking behind the humor of his sets was wonderful. His description of military base living with the constant acclimation, the horrible selection of “style” at base exchanges, and the variety of “half-breeds” and cultures was spot on, and I reread that portion many times.

  14. 4 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!

  15. 5 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    BookBlanketFort

    I loved this funny, painful book about the rise of comedian Jo Koy. Jo Koy tells us about his childhood raised by a single mother, in poverty, with a brother who has uncontrolled schizophrenia. This was a page-turner of a book in which Jo Koy inspires readers with his dogged determination to make it in show business. Each chapter of the book had a Filipino recipe at the start. This felt odd because even though Jo Koy explains that he loves Filipino food, he never tells us that he likes to cook. I loved this funny, painful book about the rise of comedian Jo Koy. Jo Koy tells us about his childhood raised by a single mother, in poverty, with a brother who has uncontrolled schizophrenia. This was a page-turner of a book in which Jo Koy inspires readers with his dogged determination to make it in show business. Each chapter of the book had a Filipino recipe at the start. This felt odd because even though Jo Koy explains that he loves Filipino food, he never tells us that he likes to cook. It felt disjointed. That said, this is a funny and inspiring celebrity memoir that I would recommend to others. Thanks to NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wendie

    An amazing story about one of the funniest comedians in the world. Well-written-- and since I listened to the audiobook-- well-told with the best voices and comedic timing. I wonder if it would have as enjoyable if I had read the text instead of just listening to it with my husband as we road-tripped across the South? I really think it would be just as good since I know Jo Koy's voice and how he characterizes his mom and other members of his family. This book is was a joy to read and definitely An amazing story about one of the funniest comedians in the world. Well-written-- and since I listened to the audiobook-- well-told with the best voices and comedic timing. I wonder if it would have as enjoyable if I had read the text instead of just listening to it with my husband as we road-tripped across the South? I really think it would be just as good since I know Jo Koy's voice and how he characterizes his mom and other members of his family. This book is was a joy to read and definitely funny, a little sad, but overall completely entertaining and REAL. I need to get a hard copy just to put it in my Library.

  18. 5 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!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela Marie Deypalan

    This is way beyond just being funny. This is Jo Koy's unadulterated memoir. If you've seen him on stage whether live or on screen and feel like you know the man, wait till you read this. You get the back story of his funniest jokes, all covered with grime and less sugar, plus a handful of Filipino recipes. I'm not a half-breed immigrant trying to covet the American dream but for a moment I was, that's how relatable this man is. All heart and full of hustle. I missed out on his sold out shows at This is way beyond just being funny. This is Jo Koy's unadulterated memoir. If you've seen him on stage whether live or on screen and feel like you know the man, wait till you read this. You get the back story of his funniest jokes, all covered with grime and less sugar, plus a handful of Filipino recipes. I'm not a half-breed immigrant trying to covet the American dream but for a moment I was, that's how relatable this man is. All heart and full of hustle. I missed out on his sold out shows at The Forum, but almost 3 years ago my sister got us VIP tickets to one of his Improv gigs and I swear it healed my postpartum depression.

  20. 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 🤤)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I love Jo Koy, he makes me feel proud to be Filipino. I loved reading about his experiences as a Filipino American and I felt like I was able to relate to a lot of it regarding identity and his relationship with his parents. I have never read a book that referenced the Philippines and Filipino culture so much so it was really refreshing. I enjoyed reading about his journey to become a famous comedian as well. I also loved how much he wrote about his love for his son and how becoming a father cha I love Jo Koy, he makes me feel proud to be Filipino. I loved reading about his experiences as a Filipino American and I felt like I was able to relate to a lot of it regarding identity and his relationship with his parents. I have never read a book that referenced the Philippines and Filipino culture so much so it was really refreshing. I enjoyed reading about his journey to become a famous comedian as well. I also loved how much he wrote about his love for his son and how becoming a father changed his perspective on life. This was a great read, Jo Koy is awesome.

  22. 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. Joy also has a long history in the industry (longer than I was aware) so it's cool to hear his stories with other famous comics. There was one section with a medically graphic accident in his youth 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. Joy also has a long history in the industry (longer than I was aware) so it's cool to hear his stories with other famous comics. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 4 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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Ballard

    I really enjoy Jo Koy. Typical suburban mom that found him on Chelsea Lately. His Netflix specials are hilarious and he tells his life story with the same self- deprecating humor. He is truly grateful and loves his family while acknowledging their mistakes and flaws. He also shares his flubs and how he worked to improve. All the while making me crack up- I listened on audio book and it was great to hear him read his own book.

  28. 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."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    This hit very close to home for me having Filipino parents myself. It was like getting my own childhood reflected back to me that was in some ways validating and in other ways really painful. Him saying that his mom would do anything for him but she could not believe in his dreams cut a little too deep. Totally recommend this as an audiobook!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    I'm so glad I chose this Audible. I looked forward to taking the kids to school because on the way home, it was just me and Jo! Listening to the young Jo to the Jo today made me appreciate his work so much more. This book was as authentic as it gets! Thank you for never giving up Jo...can't imagine what we could have missed out on if you weren't persistent on chasing your dream. I'm so glad I chose this Audible. I looked forward to taking the kids to school because on the way home, it was just me and Jo! Listening to the young Jo to the Jo today made me appreciate his work so much more. This book was as authentic as it gets! Thank you for never giving up Jo...can't imagine what we could have missed out on if you weren't persistent on chasing your dream.

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