American comedian Jo Koy has broken records for most ticket sales at several venues, has won the prestigious Stand Up Comedian of the Year award at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2018 and has his own Netflix special, Comin’ In Hot. Koy has appeared on over 140 episodes of Chelsea Lately and has featured on several talk shows over the years. This December Koy will bring his newest show Just Kidding to Australia as part of his 2019 world tour, hitting Sydney this Saturday night as he takes over the First State Super Theatre.
Despite performing in front of several thousand people at a time, Koy has a relaxed and improvised approach to his sets, saying: “I literally just go up on-stage and work it out. When I find something funny during the day I just go up and talk about it, and the joke just writes itself.”
Koy is looking forward to the tour, and when asked if he prefers stand-up to screen he replied, “…as much as I love doing it all, stand-up will always be my true love.”
Although Koy has now released his 2019 Netflix special he explained that he always uses fresh material for new shows like Just Kidding, saying: “They [audiences] can expect all-new material on this tour. Once my special drops I retire the material so it will be completely different from what fans have seen on my Comin’ In Hot special.”
Koy is looking forward to visiting each city on his Australian leg of the Just Kidding tour, incorporating each location into his set.
“I always engage with locals and find something specific to talk about that relates to the city I’m in.”
Dec 7. First State Super Theatre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney. $79.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.abpresents.com.au
By Madison Behringer