Jo Koy (born Joseph Glenn Herbert; June 2, 1971) is an American stand-up comic. He is currently touring the college circuit as a featured comedian and performs in clubs across the country. He is often a panelist on E!'s late night show Chelsea Lately.

Early life:

Koy is of Filipino and Caucasian heritage. His American father was in the Air Force when he married his Filipino mother. Koy's Filipino-American family moved from Tacoma, Washington to Las Vegas soon after he finished high school in Spanaway, Washington; a graduate from Spanaway Lake High School. He moved to Las Vegas to be near his ailing grandmother. Koy enrolled in UNLV, but dropped out to do stand-up comedy. Koy's stage name comes from a nickname his family gave him growing up.Jokoy is a colloquial Filipino term for "joker".

Career:

Koy began 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, Koy rented the Huntridge Theater and went door to door to sell tickets to his comedy shows. A talent coordinator from Los Angeles spotted Koy and landed him his first television appearance on BET's Comic View. Koy has been on two seasons of Comic View. Koy has gone on to star in other TV stand-up specials like "Jamie Foxx Presents: Laffapalooza!" 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 Milleniuim" 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. Koy is also a regular guest at Chelsea Handler's roundtable discussion on "E!'s Chelsea Lately". But perhaps one of Koy's biggest claims to fame was his appearance on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Show in 2005 where he was one of a select few to ever receive a standing ovation on the show. 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. 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 John 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. Shortly after comedian Tracy Morgan's 2011 anti-gay slur incident, the Chicago area gay newspaper Windy City Times reported on Koy's stand-up performance at The Vic Theatre, opening the Just for Laughs festival on June 15, 2011. At one point in his act he danced effeminately and said, "I made this dance extra gay since I am not gay." Later, when audience members found his zipper was open, one male voice commented, "I saw it", to which Koy replied, "What are you looking at, fucking faggot?" Koy later apologized on his web site.

Media:

Television:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,

Comedy Central Presents,

TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...,

Chelsea Lately,

Jo Koy: Lights Out,

DVD:

Don't Make Him Angry