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Jo Koy’s fourth Netflix special delights in instant nostalgia for life during the pandemic, but also goes further back personally for the comedian as it reminds us how much he had to hurry to sell his first hour to Netflix and why he chose his follow-up. projects. There is no talk of Easter Sunday or Chelsea Handler here, but there are a lot of jokes about her relationships with her mother and teenage son.

The juice: Jo Koy has shot stand-up comedy specials in Seattle, Hawaii and the Philippines, but nothing equals the mass of being the headliner of the Forum in Inglewood, south of Los Angeles. Koy feels and loves that energy, coupled with the two-year wait to do the concert, filling the arena with pandemic jokes, living with sleep apnea, parenting his child, and expressing the need to tell stories with the voice of his mother. Accent and all.

What comic specials will he remind you of ?: If you’re a fan of Sebastian Maniscalco’s physicality and energy, but your legacy has more influences from the remnants of the Spanish Empire, then you’ll likely be digging up what Koy has to offer here, whether you’re Filipino or Mexican.

Memorable jokes: Just like with Blacksmith, the joy with Koy comes from seeing him act out scenes and stories from his life.

Explaining sleep apnea, he first recalls his mother filming him snoring, then changes shifts by demonstrating what video cameras were for children too young to remember, then asks us to visualize how the sounds of snoring in apnea could be coarse and horrifying. sex, and then later proposes a front row audience member starring in a commercial for CPAP machines. “I’m selling CPAP machines at the merchandising stand,” Koy joked, adding an imaginary testimony: “Not only was Jo Koy funny, but I think she saved my life.”

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The Filipino tradition of using tabo cups near the toilet trains thoroughly, giving Koy the opportunity to shout out how much he loves comedy as a tool for communicating cultural differences, while also providing him with a time to show off all the Mexicans in his audience.

For American women who still use toilet paper instead of tabos or bidets, Koy goes into crisp detail on the potential pitfalls of this, complete with graphic representations and a coined phrase: “Clitty litter.”

When she returns her attention to her son, Koy has two rather involved parties; the first, on changing attitudes towards school drinking fountains (which, frankly, Gary Gulman treated best in his 2019 HBO special, The Great Depresh); the other, about how FaceTime and security camera apps mean her son can’t get away with too much cheating while Koy is away from home.

Our outlet: Perhaps the most memorable and most impactful acts come at the end of his hour and more, when he decides he needs us to remember what he’s only been through since 2016, when he sold his first special to Netflix after not only paying to produce it, but he also does much of the post-production work himself. Despite facing a packed arena, or perhaps as a show of strength to be there to deliver his fourth Netflix special, Koy feels determined to remind everyone that the streaming giant kept saying no to him just six years earlier. . He offers brief apologies (“I’m sorry I turned this into a TED talk”) but then, more surely, he makes the point that not everyone gets “a fair kick” from show business, and not even the world.

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Identify a moment from that period, when he prepared a television routine to promote Live from Seattle, only to see an unnamed show / producer asking him to ditch the Filipino accent he uses to impersonate his mother. “Don’t you want his voice to be heard on the show?” Koy asks now. “Did Jeff Foxworthy get the same note?… Because he has an accent. He is an American. He speaks English.”

All of this puts Koy’s second and third Netflix specials into a deeper context. You have chosen to shoot in Hawaii and the Philippines precisely to show the culture and voices of the inhabitants of the Pacific islands. His Tommy Lee story is not just a name, but more an opportunity to promote tourism in the Philippines, as is his Netflix presentation for an Emmy-worthy docudrama about Arnel Pineda becoming the lead singer of Journey. Heck, from the 2012 documentary Don’t Stop Believin ‘: Everyman’s Journey doesn’t seem to be streaming anywhere right now, why not give the green light to the Koy series?

Our call: STREAM IT. I really want to see Koy or any comedian stop with an intricate and quirky merchandising table like the one he’s imagined right now.

Sean L. McCarthy works to the beat of comedy for his digital newspaper, The cartoon comic; even before that, for the newspapers themselves. Based in New York but will travel everywhere for the scoop: ice cream or news. He also writes on Twitter @thecomiccomic and podcast half-hour episodes featuring comedians revealing origin stories: The cartoon comic presents the latest stuff first.

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