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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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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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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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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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Mixed Plate Hit Home

Finally Jo Koy got his own book. He won't let you down. Talks about subjects that's so taboo but I can relate on so many levels. It's a must have.

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What a story that needed to be shared

I loved every moment of this book! What an in depth look into the life of a the man, the story we would have never heard and how human he really is.

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Wonderful Story with Big Laughs

This was a great and humbling story. Jo Koy made this story come to life and leaving you wanting to hear each chapter without interruption. He was able to tell you his life journey and still managed to make you laugh through each moment. He's an amazing comedian, but even better as the narrator of his own story. Definitely worth hearing.

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Amazing Story!

I’ve always been one of Jo Koy’s biggest fans since “Look at my TING TING!” I might still have that shirt somewhere. Along with the other autographs and memorabilia this book really ties it all together giving the background of his journey. You get to see the ups and the downs and the craziness that all make Jo Koy all of our Jo Ko.

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Loveeeeeeee Joseb

You won’t be disappointed. Great comedy and story telling. Great listen! He is open and shares a lot.

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See you, Hear you, Peel you!!!

Migrated to US when I was 13 from Phil.
First English sentence was “that is beautiful” as we passed by a burnt down house off 101 when I was picked up from SFO heading. I practiced saying it too during the 13+hrs flight.
Bag of chips of cup of noodles were gourmet lunches.
Spent 16th birthday filling up McDonald’s job application.
Took 8yrs to get BSEE from SJSU while working in retail stores. Yeah, far less excited from your story but I see you!, hear you!, feel you!
Thank you for sharing your family story for the next generation and the rest of us can continue to learn and grow from.

Enjoyed every minute of it.

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Awesome!!!

Loved every minute of this. Laughed so much. And definitely got teary eyed at a few parts. Loved getting to know Jo through this book! And his crazy family. Makes us all feel a little better knowing all families are crazy!