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A stunning, hilarious memoir from Jo Koy, star of the major motion picture Easter Sunday, creator of the Netflix specials In His Elements and Coming in Hot and “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive, celebration of his Filipino heritage and the brilliant comedic talent that make Jo Koy one of the world’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos.
In a memoir that is both surprising in its honesty and not surprising all for being laugh out loud ridiculous, Jo Koy delivers his life story for fans, and for anyone who has defied the expectations of their family and maybe even themselves. If you’ve ever seen Jo Koy’s standup, you know that his road to success has been…well…bumpy. As a half-Filipino, half-white kid with a mom who didn’t think much of his comedy career goals, Jo had a lot to prove. Add in the realities of the immigrant experience, alcoholism, poverty and mental illness and you can understand why Jo Koy found solace in the VHS tapes he made of Eddie Murphy and George Carlin specials. In the end, Mixed Plate is his path to achieving his version of the American Dream, one that he lives out loud today while celebrating his heritage, the life he’s been able to provide for his son Joe, Jr., and all the wonderful craziness of his great big Filipino family …that also happen to be universal.
Just like Hawaii’s favorite lunch, the mixed plate, this book takes a little bit of this, a little bit of that from a few cultures and creates a delicious whole.
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