A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos.
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 become a clown became a success. 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. With all the details of what it felt like to get the doors closed in my face, to grind it out on the road with my arsenal of dick jokes, and how my career finally took off once I embraced the craziness of my family, which I always thought was uniquely Filipino but turns out is as universal as it gets.
In this book, I’ll take you behind the mic, behind the curtain—OK, way behind it. 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.
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.
About the Author
Jo Koy, one of today’s premiere comedians, entertains audiences across the world and inspires them with his infectious energy. His 2017 Netflix special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle, was so successful that he released a follow-up sequel in June 2019, and his 2017 Break the Mold tour sold out tens of thousands of seats from New York City to Sydney to Amsterdam. In July 2018, he was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. He lives in Los Angeles.
“Jo Koy is far and away one of the funniest people out there. To take a look into his childhood with this book is to witness a great piece of self-reflection that shines a light on the theory of nature over nurture, and the understanding that some people were just born to be hilarious.”
— Chelsea Handler, author of the New York Times bestseller Life Will Be the Death of Me
"Jo Koy is one of the funniest comedians I've ever met. He's the kindest, the most informative, the most innovative—he's a genius, yo! When I can't spell something, I just call Jo Koy and ask him how to spell it. I know y'all are going to love this book. Why? Because my friend wrote it, Jo Koy."
— Tiffany Haddish
"Throughout, Koy is candid and heartfelt about his family and personal life, and he provides an illuminating behind-the-scenes look at his artistic process, which involves not just joke-writing but real introspection. Featuring countless moments of hilarity, the narrative also serves as an opportunity for the author to connect with his audience beyond the stage. Koy goes behind the funny, showing his wide-ranging comedic talent and abundant wells of perseverance."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A remarkable memoir. . . A beautiful exploration of finding hope, humor, and a voice. A must-read for fans of memoirs.
— Library Journal