|Birth name||Joseph Glenn Herbert|
June 2, 1971 |
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Joseph Glenn Herbert (born June 2, 1971), known professionally as Jo Koy, is a Filipino-American stand-up comic. He is currently touring as a headliner, and performs in clubs and theaters across the country. 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 angry black cabbie. He announced on The Woody Show that he drives a Tesla named Poppycock.
Jo Koy is of Filipino and European-American descent. Jo Koy's European-American father was in the Air Force when he married Jo Koy's Filipino mother. Jo 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. Jo Koy enrolled in University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but dropped out to do stand-up comedy.
Jo Koy's stage name comes from a nickname his family gave him growing up.
Jo Koy credits his grandmother 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. His mother was a massive Cheech and Chong fanatic and after much persuasion, Koy was convinced to shave his mustache to give the impression that he had been born with a cleft lip.
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. 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.
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: 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 had 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.
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.
During an episode of the Adam Carolla Show on October 24, 2013, he stated that Robert, his older brother by eight years, suffers from schizophrenia.