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A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. 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 read, 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—OK, 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. There’s photo evidence of it all here, too. 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.


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A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. Well guys, here it is—my story. A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how A stunning, hilarious memoir from beloved comedian Jo Koy, “far and away one of the funniest people out there” (Chelsea Handler). Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. Includes never-before-seen photos. 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 read, 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—OK, 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. There’s photo evidence of it all here, too. 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.

30 review for Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maida

    When I learned that Jo Koy wrote a book, I checked right away if he’d read it himself. Audio is truly the best way to consume this autobiography. Ourselves a “mixed plate”, my white military husband and I (brown Filipina) enjoyed Jo Koy’s incredibly honest and relatable sharing of his life from childhood up to his recent success. We nodded our heads when he spoke about his parents and life inside US bases. I teared up at his recounting of how the Filipino community embraced them in Tacoma, his f When I learned that Jo Koy wrote a book, I checked right away if he’d read it himself. Audio is truly the best way to consume this autobiography. Ourselves a “mixed plate”, my white military husband and I (brown Filipina) enjoyed Jo Koy’s incredibly honest and relatable sharing of his life from childhood up to his recent success. We nodded our heads when he spoke about his parents and life inside US bases. I teared up at his recounting of how the Filipino community embraced them in Tacoma, his family’s poverty, and his brother’s illness. We laughed at his stories about his family including the ones we already heard before. We finished the book with a better understanding and more admiration for this man who represents Filipino-Americans in the best way possible—by making people laugh WITH us not AT us.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Jo Koy’s memoir is special. He hustled and worked his ass off to get where he is today. He is such a family man and takes care of his people. Gave this 5⭐️. Go watch his specials on Netflix and once we’re all able to have live events again, I recommend seeing him live. His openers are super funny too! And lastly, go pick up a copy of his book! Thank you Jo Koy, HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Taylor-rose

    Such a good listen - highly recommend it as an audiobook.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    Sure, I'll be the first to review Jo Koy's memoir. No pressure or anything..... I was working in post production the first time I heard of Jo Koy. We were working on the release of one of his specials and my job was to make sure the closed captions were correct. This took me almost three times as long as any other job because I was in tears laughing for so much of it. Mixed Plate is also something that brought me to tears - and not entirely because of how funny it is. Jo opens up about his life - Sure, I'll be the first to review Jo Koy's memoir. No pressure or anything..... I was working in post production the first time I heard of Jo Koy. We were working on the release of one of his specials and my job was to make sure the closed captions were correct. This took me almost three times as long as any other job because I was in tears laughing for so much of it. Mixed Plate is also something that brought me to tears - and not entirely because of how funny it is. Jo opens up about his life - his trauma of being an 'other' in school, of learning how to make people laugh to fit in, of dealing with family drama and hiding it deep down inside. Jo strives to gain his mother's approval - an Asian mother's approval is of the highest honor - and I think she will be proud of this book. Jo talks about his start in comedy, of the struggle of working three jobs and doing late night shows causing him to miss his son. He talks about the parent-child relationship, of sibling rivalry and sibling friendship. He talks about being the best dad that he can. This is a book full of heart. Jo Koy is opening his heart on these pages and I closed the book full of tears, yet again. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I never write book reviews, but I had to for this book. As a “mixed plate” myself (Filipina/white) it was amazing to read a book where I made a true connection with the author. I am no stranger to Jo Koy after seeing him do stand up at a Holiday Inn in NJ (and seeing him at least 5 more times in various venues over the years), so I expected his humor to come through his writing. What I did not expect was the raw and deep emotions felt when he shared some of his more challenging experiences that I never write book reviews, but I had to for this book. As a “mixed plate” myself (Filipina/white) it was amazing to read a book where I made a true connection with the author. I am no stranger to Jo Koy after seeing him do stand up at a Holiday Inn in NJ (and seeing him at least 5 more times in various venues over the years), so I expected his humor to come through his writing. What I did not expect was the raw and deep emotions felt when he shared some of his more challenging experiences that you don’t see when he is on stage making you laugh during a 45 minute set or during one of his Netflix specials. There are just somethings you won’t understand unless you were raised by a Filipino mother, and to see someone (a mixed plate) like me to put it in print for the first time is refreshing. A “See! This guy gets me” kind of feeling. You can hear Jo’s voice in the writing along with the impressions of his mother that make you legitimately laugh out loud. He also throws in some delicious looking Filipino recipes into some of the chapters too #lumpia4eva. Thoughtful, reflective, and of course hilarious, Jo Koy has created an enjoyable read that I could not put down. Maraming Salamat Josep!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Eom

    Jo Koy is such an amazing comedian. His jokes are hilarious and his storytelling is fantastic. Learning about his life was a reality check. In the back of our minds we know not every actor/comedian come from a great background but we don’t really think about it. Learning about Koy’s upbringing and his life before becoming famous was so interesting. I like that he didn’t paint himself out to be this perfect person. He was real in his book, showing his fans his real self. His complicated relationshi Jo Koy is such an amazing comedian. His jokes are hilarious and his storytelling is fantastic. Learning about his life was a reality check. In the back of our minds we know not every actor/comedian come from a great background but we don’t really think about it. Learning about Koy’s upbringing and his life before becoming famous was so interesting. I like that he didn’t paint himself out to be this perfect person. He was real in his book, showing his fans his real self. His complicated relationship with his mom still exists today and I like that he acknowledges this but doesn’t paint her in a bad light. I loved the pictures as well. Jo Koy is the real deal!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I like Jo Koy. I first started watching him on “Chelsea Lately”, then through his comedy specials. When I saw he was releasing a memoir, I knew I wanted to read it - and I’m glad I did. Jo writes with emotion and honesty. Not all of us had an easy time of it, and tough as it might have been, Jo recalls the rough times with honesty. I highly recommend this book to all- even if you haven’t watched Jo on his various platforms. This book will make you a fan.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eli Ramirez

    Thank you, JO for putting the light on our community!!! GREAT STORYTELLING, FOR THE MEMORIES, & MOST OF ALL, THE LAUGHS!!! If you got lumpia-pancit in your blood, READ THIS NOW!!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼.5 of 5 (5.5 of 5)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martha Gorski

    Thank you for sharing your story, Jo Koy. Your story made me laugh, made me cry, and made me thank my mom for everything I have now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tera Slawson

    I have been a fan of Jo Koy’s stand up for awhile, but this book has really deepened my appreciation for him and his comedy. This book gives a look behind the mic, a closer look into Jo Koy’s family life and hardships growing up a half white/half Filipino kid in the United States. This book also tells the story how he busted his butt to be a successful stand up and the struggle of wanting to be a great father while having to be away from home so much to pursue his dreams. And of course more stor I have been a fan of Jo Koy’s stand up for awhile, but this book has really deepened my appreciation for him and his comedy. This book gives a look behind the mic, a closer look into Jo Koy’s family life and hardships growing up a half white/half Filipino kid in the United States. This book also tells the story how he busted his butt to be a successful stand up and the struggle of wanting to be a great father while having to be away from home so much to pursue his dreams. And of course more stories of his adorable crazy Filipino mom and something most people can relate to, having a complicated relationship with our complicated mothers. Being raised by a single mom myself I totally can relate to much of Jo Koy’s story. At one point he lists what would be on the grocery list when they were broke broke, like $20.00 for the week, I laughed out loud at this because it was the same for me and my mom, but his mom had to feed 5 people and it was just my mom and I. But this is not a sad story, he of course is now telling this story as a successful stand up and bringing comedy into much of what may have seemed tragic at the time. Happy ending. What was really cool about this is he included some Filipino recipes. My best friend and I picked two of them, Lumpia a kind of Filipino egg roll and Jo Koy’s Chicken Adobo and made them yesterday. Both were delicious and it was a fun day. Really enjoyed the book and now have even more love for Jo Koy than I did before. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    I love Koy. I have watched all of his comedy shows..... multiple times. He is extremely funny. I am going to check out the Audio book to see if he narrates it. I love how he does the Filipino accent. This memoir is both serious and yet still funny. Koy talks about his schizophrenic brother and his estranged father. Koy writes about his challenges of growing up with his mom and estranged father for most of his adolescent life. His struggles to find himself and his talent. His story is a quintesse I love Koy. I have watched all of his comedy shows..... multiple times. He is extremely funny. I am going to check out the Audio book to see if he narrates it. I love how he does the Filipino accent. This memoir is both serious and yet still funny. Koy talks about his schizophrenic brother and his estranged father. Koy writes about his challenges of growing up with his mom and estranged father for most of his adolescent life. His struggles to find himself and his talent. His story is a quintessential rags to riches story of someone determined to make it at all cost. Along the way, he has a life altering event that made him look back at his childhood and shaped him to become the dad he is today. Him and his then wife Angie had a baby boy. Although the relationship fell apart, they remained friends and today they co-parent Jo jr. Although the book is written by a comedian and contains many Koy'isms, it also teaches a good life lesson about goal setting and attainment as well as parenting skills. Koy is a very funny guy. If you have never seen him in one of your specials, I recommend jumping on Netflix and give it a gander.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Claudine

    Jo Koy’s impression of his mom is so worth hearing him narrate his audiobook. His comedy makes me appreciate our shared Filipino American backgrounds in ways I took for granted and things I didn’t really understand until he articulated it like the contradiction of the Filipino mom. Where I would get annoyed by the Filipino nickname that I have, now I just see it as endearing. I can’t get enough of hearing the shared experiences like the restaurant condiments or napkins hoarding or reusing Cool W Jo Koy’s impression of his mom is so worth hearing him narrate his audiobook. His comedy makes me appreciate our shared Filipino American backgrounds in ways I took for granted and things I didn’t really understand until he articulated it like the contradiction of the Filipino mom. Where I would get annoyed by the Filipino nickname that I have, now I just see it as endearing. I can’t get enough of hearing the shared experiences like the restaurant condiments or napkins hoarding or reusing Cool Whip containers as Tupperware. Heck all that is now eco-friendly. Filipinos we’re just ahead of their time! Lol. I’m so glad Jo Koy put his authentic self out there and continues to do so because it lifts all of us up-those who can relate and those that get exposure to the Filipino American experience.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendie

    An amazing story about one of the funniest comedians in the world. Well-written-- and since I listened to the audiobook-- well-told with the best voices and comedic timing. I wonder if it would have as enjoyable if I had read the text instead of just listening to it with my husband as we road-tripped across the South? I really think it would be just as good since I know Jo Koy's voice and how he characterizes his mom and other members of his family. This book is was a joy to read and definitely An amazing story about one of the funniest comedians in the world. Well-written-- and since I listened to the audiobook-- well-told with the best voices and comedic timing. I wonder if it would have as enjoyable if I had read the text instead of just listening to it with my husband as we road-tripped across the South? I really think it would be just as good since I know Jo Koy's voice and how he characterizes his mom and other members of his family. This book is was a joy to read and definitely funny, a little sad, but overall completely entertaining and REAL. I need to get a hard copy just to put it in my Library.

  14. 4 out of 5

    BookBlanketFort

    I loved this funny, painful book about the rise of comedian Jo Koy. Jo Koy tells us about his childhood raised by a single mother, in poverty, with a brother who has uncontrolled schizophrenia. This was a page-turner of a book in which Jo Koy inspires readers with his dogged determination to make it in show business. Each chapter of the book had a Filipino recipe at the start. This felt odd because even though Jo Koy explains that he loves Filipino food, he never tells us that he likes to cook. I loved this funny, painful book about the rise of comedian Jo Koy. Jo Koy tells us about his childhood raised by a single mother, in poverty, with a brother who has uncontrolled schizophrenia. This was a page-turner of a book in which Jo Koy inspires readers with his dogged determination to make it in show business. Each chapter of the book had a Filipino recipe at the start. This felt odd because even though Jo Koy explains that he loves Filipino food, he never tells us that he likes to cook. It felt disjointed. That said, this is a funny and inspiring celebrity memoir that I would recommend to others. Thanks to NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela Marie Deypalan

    This is way beyond just being funny. This is Jo Koy's unadulterated memoir. If you've seen him on stage whether live or on screen and feel like you know the man, wait till you read this. You get the back story of his funniest jokes, all covered with grime and less sugar, plus a handful of Filipino recipes. I'm not a half-breed immigrant trying to covet the American dream but for a moment I was, that's how relatable this man is. All heart and full of hustle. I missed out on his sold out shows at This is way beyond just being funny. This is Jo Koy's unadulterated memoir. If you've seen him on stage whether live or on screen and feel like you know the man, wait till you read this. You get the back story of his funniest jokes, all covered with grime and less sugar, plus a handful of Filipino recipes. I'm not a half-breed immigrant trying to covet the American dream but for a moment I was, that's how relatable this man is. All heart and full of hustle. I missed out on his sold out shows at The Forum, but almost 3 years ago my sister got us VIP tickets to one of his Improv gigs and I swear it healed my postpartum depression.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Cruz

    Author’s way of storytelling is so good, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you Author’s way of storytelling is so good, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you

  17. 4 out of 5

    Manda Salls

    Thoroughly enjoyed!! Very much written in Jo Koy's voice, tells the story of his experience growing up and becoming a comic. I laughed, I cried, read it in a day and could have read more! A little weird with the recipes but I'm letting that slide thanks to the adorable pictures of him and his family growing up. Thoroughly enjoyed!! Very much written in Jo Koy's voice, tells the story of his experience growing up and becoming a comic. I laughed, I cried, read it in a day and could have read more! A little weird with the recipes but I'm letting that slide thanks to the adorable pictures of him and his family growing up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wes Shockley

    Being Filipino/Caucasian myself I found very familiar situations to my own childhood. At times I thought my own story was being told. I expected to laugh. Some of this hit so close to home I started to cry. I don’t feel so alone. Thank you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Very interesting memoir. What a look into Jo Koy's life, you never know what is behind the smile! Very interesting memoir. What a look into Jo Koy's life, you never know what is behind the smile!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justine Chen

    Not to be overreacting but you're book is totally awesome. You're innate writing skill is what the world should witness. Try joining NovelStar's writing competition because why not? Not to be overreacting but you're book is totally awesome. You're innate writing skill is what the world should witness. Try joining NovelStar's writing competition because why not?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Denise Junker

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A good, fun but honest read. A bit repetitive at times but I enjoyed it. No mention of his break dancing though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allison Braley

    This book is fantastic!!! I laughed non-stop, and enjoyed it immensely. Jo Koy is a delight! Highly recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Frances Ellen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Fricker

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cyril Mae

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kiesha Farmer bond

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