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On April 3rd, Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing a stand-up DVD called Lights Out, featuring Filipino stand-up comic Jo Koy. It’s Koy’s second stand-up special DVD after Don’t Make Him Angry, which came out three years ago, in 2009. At that time, I predicted that Jo Koy would not be remembered very long, and would be off our radar by 2011. I was clearly wrong.
I said that then because I didn’t like Don’t Make Him Angry. It was all ethnic jokes about being Filipino, and lame attempts at edginess with reference to his kid. Lights Out is a lot of the same stuff, but it IS (marginally) better. This time, he riffs on his mother a lot, and some of the edgy stuff is good in that he no longer seems to be trying too hard. His bit about his mom grabbing his wiener when he was a kid feels real, and a bit about her standing at the foot of his bed monitoring his sleep patterns is very funny.
I’m still not a big Jo Koy fan. The really funny bits in this particular routine were few and far between. And I still find him more tepid than terrific. But Lights Out is better than Don’t Make Him Angry, so I feel like three years from NOW, I might actually find that Jo Koy has become decent.