Comedian Jo Koy performs on Feb. 7 at Comedy Works Downtown in Denver. Koy will play from July 8 to 10 at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)
Jo Koy combines style with his substance
Filipino-American comedian brings humor, fashion sense July 8-10 to Denver
By Joe Nguyen, AsiaXpress.com
July 7, 2010
Comedian Jo Koy checks his phone while waiting in the green room on Feb. 7 at Comedy Works Downtown in Denver.
Jo Koy at Comedy Works South
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 8
7:15 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday, July 9
7:15 and 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 10
Comedy Works South
5345 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
$15 on July 8; $23 on July 9-10
For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.comedyworks.com/comedians/36.
• Face2Face with Jo Koy June 19, 2008
• Jo Koy's official website
DENVER – For comedian Jo Koy it isn't just about being funny when he gets on stage, it's about looking good while he's doing it.
The Filipino-American comic, who's performing from July 8 to 10 at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village, prides himself on his attire. His wardrobe lends itself to the cutting edge in modern chic, filled with designer jeans, G-Star jackets and, of course, the latest Jordan sneakers.
"I've always been into looking good or wearing the latest (stuff)," he says. " ... When you're on stage, I think it's like a presentation of yourself."
Even early in his career when he worked open mics and participated in contests, he says, he made it a point to dress up in a suit and one of his many designer eye frames.
"I could go up there and be a slob," he says, "but when you go to a restaurant you want to go to a nice restaurant, you know what I mean?
"I don't want to be that buffet."
In a sort of pregame ritual, Koy spends the better part of an hour before his show trying on different combinations of clothing. He matches different shirts with jeans and belts, trying to find the right look – the right style to fit with his act for the night. While he said he doesn't think about the show until he gets to the club, he still has time to crack a joke.
"Why is it every time you open an ironing board, it sounds like a T-Rex?" he asks.
Arriving at the venue, Koy greets the club's employees as he makes his way to the green room. Grabbing a bottle of water, he sits down in a chair and analyzes the crowd as his opener, Thai Rivera, is performing – listening for queues to predict how they will behave when it's time for his set. On this particular night, it sounds as if it will be a good audience.
"I can tell by the crowd that they're ready to go – I can just feel it," he said. "I can tell that they're here to laugh."
With Rivera ending his set, Koy gets up and approaches the curtains to the stage. He turns back and smiles, knowing that his friend has properly warmed up the crowd.
"Thai's killing it," he says. "I have to be funnier than him."