• Mixed Plate

  • Chronicles of an All-American Combo
  • By: Jo Koy
  • Narrated by: Jo Koy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,476 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A stunning, hilarious memoir displaying Koy’s “wide-ranging comedic talent and abundant wells of perseverance” (Kirkus Reviews, starred). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians.

Well guys, here it is - my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how a half-Filipino, half-white kid whose mom thought (and still thinks) his career goal was to become a clown became a success. Not an overnight success, because that would have made for a really short listen, but an All-American success who could give my immigrant mom the kind of life she hoped for when she came to this country, and my son the kind of life I wished I’d had as a kid. With all the details of what it felt like to get the doors closed in my face, to grind it out on the road with my arsenal of dick jokes, and how my career finally took off once I embraced the craziness of my family, which I always thought was uniquely Filipino but turns out, is as universal as it gets.

In this book, I’ll take you behind the mic, behind the curtain - okay, way behind it. From growing up with a mom who made me dance like Michael Jackson at the Knights of Columbus, to some real dark stuff, the stuff we don’t talk about often enough as immigrants. Mental health, poverty, drinking. And show you the path to my American Dream. Which was paved with a lot of failure, department store raffle tickets to win free color televisions, bad jokes, old VHS tapes, a motorcycle my mom probably still hates, the only college final I aced (wasn’t math), and getting my first laugh on stage. 

In this book, I get serious about my funny. And I want to make you laugh a little while I do it. I’m like Hawaii’s favorite lunch - the mixed plate. Little bit of this, a little bit of that. My book Mixed Plate is, too. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

©2020 Jo Koy (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Good listen, but much profanity

I enjoyed listening to Jo Koy's story but was disappointed in so much use of the "f" word.

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Jo Koy is a great Comedian AND Story Teller!

Unexpected greatness. Interesting to hear about his life. Kept me locked in. Listened to the whole thing in less than 24 hours in a weekday...... I want more.

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Signature Jo Koy captivating!

I truly enjoyed this book. Jo Koy always panders to his audience drawing them in with emotion. Then he's capturing them with his words painting a picture as he tells his stories, and becomes his character's creating loyal fans who'll keep coming back with a craving for more in only the way he can bring you to close to tears of sadness turning them into tears of joy,as you find yourself laughing at what you thought would have you crying.

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Jo Koy did it again!

Stand-up comedy nonstop! Definitely need to do a sitcom of your family! Maybe a second act?

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Go Jo

excellent. loved hearing Jo voice for the dynamics of the book. keep going Jo. I saw you at fitchburg state in Massachusetts before you were anyone. I'm a huge fan!

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Loved it!

I finished listening in 2 days and really enjoyed his stories as an immigrant and comedian. The narration was wonderful and engaging, like his comedy.

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I loved it!

I have been a huge fan of Jo Koy for many years and this was such a great book about his life.

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Loved it!

What a great book! I loved hearing about your upbringing and your well deserved success!

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So Inspired!

I laughed I cried and was left so inspired by JoKoy’s journey! Definitely a must read!

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Jo Koy is amazing as always!

The way Jo tells his stories is just so freaking engaging and he pulls you in to his memories as if you were there. Highly recommend

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