Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo

Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo

by (Author)

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. 

Mixed Plate illuminates the burning drive and unique humor that make Jo Koy one of today’s most successful comedians. 

Illustrated with 25-35 personal photos.

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With vibrant storytelling and stunning photography, "Mixed Plate" is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. It captures the essence of American cuisine, inviting readers to explore the rich culinary history and traditions that have made it so beloved.

Whether you're a seasoned chef, a food enthusiast, or simply curious about the culinary heritage of the United States, "Mixed Plate" is an indispensable companion. It's a celebration of the American spirit, expressed through the delicious and diverse dishes that have become a cornerstone of our national identity.


320 pages
March 23, 2021