Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo

Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo

by Jo Koy (Author)

A hilarious, fearlessly honest, and profoundly relevant memoir by superstar Filipino-American comedian internationally celebrated for his family-inspired humor.Comedian Jo Koy is beloved around the globe for his relatable humor about his family: his overbearing Filipino mom, his rebellious sister, his indirectly racist American stepfather, his own smart-ass teenage son. In this funny and moving memoir, Koy uncovers the stories behind the stand-up: the conflict, the drama, and the laughter as he struggles to find his place in an industry, a country--and the world. In Mixed Plate, Koy opens up about his childhood--his birth on an Air Force base in Misawa, Japan, to a Filipino mother and a white father who abandoned him--and reflects on what it was like to be thrust into a world that had no idea what to make of him, with a family that was poor, fractured, and plagued with violence and mental illness. Koy reveals how he eventually learned to embrace his identity through the power of comedy. By telling stories that are both Filipino and universal, he found his voice--and helped empower his hundreds of thousands of fans to find their own.Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today's most successful comedians.

In "Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo," Jo Koy serves up a savory blend of humor, heart, and cultural insights, offering readers a front-row seat to his Filipino-American upbringing. Through a series of poignant and hilarious stories, Koy paints a vivid picture of growing up in a Filipino household, navigating the complexities of two cultures, and the universal challenges of family, friendship, and finding one's place in the world.

With his signature storytelling style, Koy delves into the nuances of his childhood, from the hilarious misadventures of his immigrant parents to the cultural clashes he experienced as a first-generation Filipino-American. Through his eyes, we witness the beauty and the challenges of bridging two cultures, as he navigates the delicate balance between tradition and assimilation.

Koy's humor shines brightly throughout the book, as he recounts laugh-out-loud moments from his family life, his early days as a stand-up comedian, and his experiences as a father. Yet, beneath the humor lies a deeper message of acceptance, understanding, and the importance of embracing one's unique identity.

As Koy reflects on his journey, he explores themes of identity, family, and the power of storytelling. He pays tribute to his Filipino heritage, celebrating the richness of its traditions and the resilience of his community. At the same time, he acknowledges the challenges faced by many immigrants and first-generation Americans, offering a voice to their experiences and struggles.

"Mixed Plate" is not just a memoir; it's a celebration of cultural diversity, a tribute to the immigrant experience, and a reminder of the importance of staying true to oneself. Jo Koy's storytelling prowess and heartfelt humor make this book an absolute delight, leaving readers entertained, inspired, and with a newfound appreciation for the complexities of the human experience.