Comedy fans hear about stars who start from humble beginnings, and that’s definitely true of Jo Koy. Starting out in a coffeehouse in Las Vegas, the Washington state native quickly made a name for himself and is now a top live attraction. Koy performs on Nov. 17 at Silver Legacy.
Koy was born Joseph Glenn Herbert in 1971. The stage name Jo Koy is a nickname he had growing up as a Filipino-American, and his family life often figures into this stand-up routines.
In his official bio, Koy credits his mother and grandmother for his comedic and acting talents. Both encouraged him to participate in school talent shows and to hold impromptu performances for his family and friends while growing up in Tacoma, Washington, and later as a college student in Las Vegas. He was often featured at Catch a Rising Star at the MGM Grand Hotel and also rented a theater in Vegas to perform his own show.
Once he moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s, Koy took his career into overdrive. He became a fixture on the BET comedy show “ComicView” and then started making the rounds of other shows that feature comedians and their takes on pop culture. This includes the VH1 series of “I Love” shows that talk about the '70s, '80s or '90s. He has also been on “World’s Dumbest” and “New Millenium” from Tru TV.
A fateful appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2005 led to two Comedy Central specials, “Don’t Make Him Angry” and “Lights Out at Night.” Earlier this year, Koy released “Jo Koy: Live from Seattle” on Netflix.
Koy is also known for appearance on two different variety and talk shows. He was a regular on “Cheslea Lately,” which was hosted by comedian and actress Chelsea Handler on the E! Network. He’s also featured on “The Adam Corolla Podcast,” hosted by the comedian and actor.
Corolla has also supported Koy on his own podcast. Called “The Koy Pond,” the show includes Koy’s friends as well as famous comedians and musicians, with a lot of improvisation as part of the “Koy Pond.” The podcast started in 2016 and his now close to 100 episodes available on iTunes.
Koy is also a part of a series on the website Laugh Out Loud, which is run by comedian and actor Kevin Hart and the movie studio Lionsgate. In “Inglorious Pranksters,” Koy hosts and comments on video pranks that have been posted on the internet.