Jo Koy’s autobiography to be released in March

Published January 22, 2021, 2:51 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Fil-Am stand-up comic Jo Koy’s first book titled “Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American combo” will be coming out on March 23.

According to his official website, Jo Koy will take his readers behind the mic, behind the curtain, way behind it.

“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 a become clown became a success,” he wrote.

“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.”

He’ll also be sharing details of what it felt like to get the doors closed in his face, to grind it out on the road with his arsenal of private jokes, and how his career finally took off once he embraced the craziness of his family, which he always thought was uniquely Filipino but turns out is as universal as it gets.

“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,” he related.

“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,” he promised.