Josep! Jo Koy’s new Netflix comedy special digs deep into his Pinoy roots

<i>Photo: Jo Koy / FB</i>
Photo: Jo Koy / FB

Get ready for some laughs, patriotic laughs.

Filipino-American stand-up comic Jo Koy is returning to Netflix for his third comedy special, and he’s dropping it on Philippine Independence Day, June 12.

The new special, titled Jo:Koy in His Elements will dig heavily into the comedian’s roots.

“This is that one special where I was like, I need to go back home, the Philippines. I need to show people where my mom’s from,” Jo Koy said, adding that he brought some Fil-Am friends along.

“I had this great idea where I said let me bring a bunch of my friends that are Filipinos that live in America that haven’t been back in the Philippines. Let’s show them how beautiful the country is; let’s show them how beautiful the people are. Let’s just do a show!” he added.

The 48-year-old transplant from Tacoma, Washington was born Joseph Glenn Hubert. Jo Koy has been working the comedy circuit since he first took to stage in Las Vegas in 1989, so it’s been a while. The veteran comic credits his mom Josie for encouraging him to pursue his comedic career, and her quirks figures heavily in his standup routines.

Read: Fil-Am comedian Jo Koy calls on Filipino fans to be in his new Netflix special

His 2017 Netflix debut Jo Koy: Live from Seattle was well received in the Philippines, as was the 2019 followup Jo Koy: Just Kidding. 

Among his many memorable Pinoy-centric jokes include his mom’s penchant for curing every bug imaginable with a bottle of Vicks VapoRub. Watch some of his greatest knee-slapping skits below.


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