Comic Jo Koy reflects on career struggles ahead of filming Netflix special at The Forum – San Bernardino Sun

Jo Koy has been working long days, his schedule overflowing with projects.

The comedian and actor is filming the pilot for his single-camera sitcom “Josep” for ABC; touring comedy clubs and theaters across the country (including May 20-22 at Agua Caliente Resort Casino in Rancho Mirage) on his Funny is Funny World Tour; and preparing to tape his fourth comedy special for Netflix at The Forum in Inglewood March 25-26.

“It’s a lot on my plate right now, but you know what? I have been hungry for a long time, so let’s eat,” the 50-year-old entertainer said during a phone interview from the set of “Josep” last week.

Koy is executive producing and starring in the show, which he said has been a longtime dream. The series is based around Jo, a recently divorced Filipino-American father and nurse suddenly thrust into a world of dating. It also stars actress Mia Katigbak as Jo’s mother, Lorna, Rory O’Malley as Jo’s brother-in-law and Kaden Alejandro as Jo’s son.

In the last 18 months, he’s also kept up with “The Koy Pond” podcast and appeared as himself in the feature film, “Easter Sunday,” which hits theaters Aug. 5. His memoir, “Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo,” was published just last year, but he said with this recent batch of career milestones there’s now much more to the story.

Speaking of milestones, Koy recently shared a video chat on Instagram between himself and former Lakers player and coach Byron Scott, who grew up in Inglewood and won three NBA championships with the Lakers at The Forum in the ’80s. Scott asked Koy for tickets, explaining he’d like to pay for them, and Koy told the Laker legend he was “just honored to be playing in your house.”

Scott responded, “You’re playing there because the only people that play there are champions.”

“I thought that was so great,” Koy said, recalling the interaction. “What a champ, man. He was so nice. His whole family is coming and it’s so great to see that type of support within the community like that.”

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