The American-Filipino stand-up comedian Jo Koy has a $5 million dollar fortune. Jo is one of the most well-liked touring comedians right now and has a number of successful comedy specials to his credit.
Jo Koy was born in Tacoma, Washington on June 2, 1971. His American father was stationed in the Philippines when he married Koy’s Filipino mother, a rock band manager. Jo’s mother raised her children alone when the couple divorced when he was 13. After he graduated high school in Tacoma, the family moved to Las Vegas. Jo’s family moved to Las Vegas to be near her grandmother. Jo’s stage name is a childhood nickname. Jo praises his mother for his acting and comedy skills, recounting stories about her onstage. His mother encouraged him to perform in school and household talent contests.
Jo attended UNLV. He left school to pursue comedy full-time.
In the mid-1990s, he began performing stand-up in Las Vegas and became a regular in “Catch a Rising Star” at the MGM Grand. He moved to LA because of this. Jo hired the Huntridge Theater after performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and sold tickets door-to-door. Then BET’s “Comic View” invited him. He then won comedy honors and performed in high-profile tours and programs. “Comic View” featured him twice. The comedian starred in “Jamie Foxx Presents: Laffapalooza!” Jo has been on VH1’s “I Love the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s”
He was a “Chelsea Lately” roundtable guest on over 100 episodes. Koy received a standing ovation after performing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Koy has been on “The Adam Carolla Show.” “The Koy Pond” is his PodcastOne podcast. He featured on “World’s Dumbest” and “New Millennium” Koy got the Canadian Gemini Award at the Montreal “Just for Laughs” comedy festival. Koy performed stand-up on Carlos Mencia’s Punisher Tour in 10,000-seat venues and stadiums. Jo and comedian Michael Yo started a podcast on July 23, 2012. The comic still tours and appears on “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast.
“Don’t Make Him Angry” and “Lights Out” are Koy’s Comedy Central specials. “Jo Koy: Life from Seattle” is a March 28, 2017 Netflix Original. Joy Koy released “Comin’ In Hot” in June 2019. Koy did two gigs at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Laugh Festival’s closing night. Netflix premiered “Jo Koy: In His Elements” on June 12, 2020. DJs and the B-Boys were on the special.
Jo and Angie King had Joseph Herbert Jr. in 2003. Koy has said in interviews that the divorce didn’t impact their ability to co-parent amicably and stay close friends. Jo is close to his son. Koy’s divorce has made him private. In 2018, he was speculated to be engaged to Amy Bray and lately to Tia Carrere.
Jo Koy’s philanthropy is well-known. On August 4, 2009, he organized his first charity event with The Jo Koy Foundation. “Hilarity for Charity” included Koy and other surprise comedians. Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in University City, California, hosted the show. All ticket revenues were donated to CHOC.