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Preview: Comedian Jo Koy at the Improv

April 4, 2012 - 11:08 AM
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(Photo courtesy Jo Koy's web site)

Jo Koy, a comedian and regular guest on the Chelsea Lately talk show, will perform five shows this weekend at the DC Improv. Koy has also been a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He received his claim-to-fame when the crowd at The Tonight Show gave him a standing ovation in 2005. 

“It was one of the greatest days of my life,” Koy said. “Going in to The Tonight Show, I was just going to take it as just another TV taping to use. It’s kind of easy to get booked at places once you’ve been on The Tonight Show.”

Ever since booking that gig, Koy's been touring relentlessly.

“Every weekend, [it’s] a different city,” he said.

In Koy’s last two specials, he told stories about his son and mother. His material is shifting, though, to cover relationships (though he does have a new story to tell the D.C. crowd about his son). The material in his latest special, "Lights Out," hinted at the change with Koy's “Pull Out 2012” campaign, in which he encourages men who aren't ready for kids to “pull out.” He's even incorporated the “campaign” into his merchandise.

“That shirt already sold out. Everyone loves that damn shirt. [The shirt] comes in a campaign package with a sticker and a green condom.” (To understand why the condom is green, watch his first special “Don’t Make Him Angry.”)

A lot of people think that since Koy is half-Filipino, and a lot of his fans are of Asian descent. A look at any fan photo galleries on his sight, though, reveals a diverse following. Koy takes pictures with any audience member who asks.

Jo Koy’s latest special, “Lights Out,” was released this week on DVD and for download. He will be performing five shows at DC Improv from April 5 - 7.

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