Meet Netflix's Pinoy comedian Jo Koy's inspiration: his mom

Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at May 12 2017 06:46 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Behind every son and daughter’s success is a mother. In comedian Jo Koy’s case, his mother, oftentimes the subject of his comedic antics, is quite a hit to audiences. 

"I am very proud of him and I can't fathom that he is not on top of his career right now," said his mother, Josie Harrison.

Both young and old can relate to Jo Koy’s stand up acts as he hilariously highlights his Pinoy roots, culture, and family values.

"Jo is very animated, with facial expression, the actions he uses especially when he is imitating me. Everybody is saying, 'My god! When you hear Jo Koy, you hear his mom!"

From his humble beginnings in Tacoma, Washington, the glitz and glamor of the Las Vegas strip and now a comedy special on Netflix, Jo Koy has certainly come a long way.

Jo Koy grew up in a Filipino-American household. He was only 10-years old when his biological dad left them, leaving his mother to raise her four children alone.

It’s no wonder Jo Koy always pays tribute to his Filipino mother and speaks highly of his Filipino heritage in his stand-up acts.

Far from the glamor of a sold-out crowd is a loving and thoughtful son. A 2017 Buick Enclave was a gift Jo Koy bought and paid for in cash for his stepdad.

Jo Koy has paved the way for Asian stand-up comedians in America.

His mother added that even political satire is popular these days but Jo Koy prefers to talk about his experiences about the Filipino family.

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