Robyn Van Swank Jo Koy is back to play among his favorite cities this week. By Brock Radke( contact)Monday, Aug. 28, 2017|2 a.m.
Jo Koy is totally a Vegas guy. The onetime UNLV trainee is presently riding high up on his third stand-up comedy special “Live From Seattle,” released on Netflix earlier this year, and he’s back on the Strip to perform at Treasure Island on September 1. (Discover ticket information here.) Koy has family living in Las Vegas– including the mom and sister that work their way into his act all the time– and co-owns a restaurant here, too, Yojie Japanese Fondue in Village Square.
His hectic tour schedule has actually kept him away for months, but he mores than happy to be back in Vegas, as he discussed during a recent phone interview.
Your unique was shot in Seattle and that’s where you’re from. Is that still one of your preferred cities to carry out? Oh yeah, hands down. I cannot get enough of it. I think it’s a home entertainment town, they simply like to be amused. Everyone is in your home a lot because of the rain, so when they lastly go out, they truly go out. And they gravitate to comedy. Tacoma is in fact my hometown however if you live within 40 minutes of Seattle, you state Seattle.
Is the audience there a lot different from the Vegas audience? The coolest thing for me is that I have actually been blessed with a nice following. Individuals that come to see me are fans, which happens in Vegas, too. The Treasure Island program is close to being offered out. So I have actually been blessed in that element. Back in the day when you would play Vegas, it was a various animal. Funny is not the very first option in Vegas for home entertainment. It utilized to be that you were going to see a show but funny would be the important things that somebody simply gave you tickets, and the [comic] will try truly hard to make you laugh.
What’s it like for you carrying out in Vegas now? You have a great deal of strong connections to the city. I treat it like I do any other city, because I’ve got a lot of locals coming to the show. And I get to see my old co-workers, too, a great deal of them come through. It’s crazy. It’s like, I used to work with you at Champs! I operated at the Boulevard Mall, back before there were so many places to shop. I remember when the Forum Shops opened.
You have so much hilarious material that concentrates on your family, and now you have a boy who is growing older and he’s a bigger part of your act. Has your family maturing assisted the evolution of your act? I believe the storytelling is constantly there. My kid, oh man, I think every year I’m getting 25 to Thirty Minutes of material from talking about him. He just keeps growing. But I have many mother stories I haven’t informed yet that I want to discuss. In the [Netflix] special I inform the story of my mother and sister combating and my sibling moving out of your home, and as much fun as it is to say on phase, it in fact restores a lot of bad memories. I remember the very first time I did that bit in front of them and my heart was pounding. I really wanted to shine a light on that and make it fun, and now my mother and sister have been buddies for years, however for years they simply did not get along. It was terrible. It’s definitely enjoyable to inform that joke and laugh about it, however male, it goes a lot much deeper than you think.
Have you ever told household stories on stage that upset your mother? There’s one I’m working on today, and I informed her about it, and she was like, “You CAN NOT inform that story, Joseph! Joseph! Come on! That’s too much information!” But now that she said that, I have to discuss it. I need to put everything out there.
Now that your son is older, a teenager, exactly what does he consider your comedy? My child enjoys it, specifically now with Netflix. He always knew I was a comic and your jokes kind of live on the internet, however it’s not like Funny Central was playing absolutely nothing but stand-up and archiving everything. So I do not believe my child actually identified with it, never really got it. He never felt it. However with Netflix, on the other hand, he’s seeing his pals see it, and their parents are watching it, and he’s seeing their reactions. He gets it. And it’s pretty cool. All his good friends are using my T-shirts. But I did tease one of his teachers on this last special, when it came out all of his instructors walked up to me and said, “Okay, which one is it?” That was a real story.