Jo Koy

Say the name Jo Koy five times real fast — sounds like jokey, doesn’t it? We think Koy, born Joseph Glenn Herbert, is trying to send out a subliminal message to his audience — “I’m funny. I’m jokey. You will laugh.” Koy, who’s deceptively sophisticated at the mike, doesn’t really need the extra help on stage, although he might need some if he ever rides the mechanical bull at the glitzy version of Gilley’s nightclub at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. “I can’t [ride the bull]. I can’t see myself trying it,” Koy told Megan Riggs of What’s on Magazine in 2013. “I think the worst, like my teeth are all paid for, and all I can see is my face hitting the front of that bull and [them] falling out. I don’t see any good outcome at riding the bull. I don’t see staying on for eight seconds and then people applauding. I see my face bashing up against the head of the bull, blood everywhere, and the paramedics.”

A regular guest on the Adam Carolla Show and on Chelsea Lately, Koy has his own podcast with fellow Amerasian comedian and former Houstonian Michael Yo and a hilarious series of YouTube videos with stand-up star Anjelah Johnson.

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Improv Comedy Showcase, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $25 to $60.
Thu., April 3, 8 p.m.; Fri., April 4, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2014

 
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