Monday, January 8, 2018

Jo Koy: Live from Seattle (2017)

Number Rolled: 13
Movie Name/Year: Jo Koy: Live from Seattle (2017)
Tagline: None
Genre: Comedy
Length: 62 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production Companies: Art & Industry
Producer: Matt Blake, Michelle Caputo, Doug Castro, Shannon Hartman, Tina Magnuson, Joe Meloche, Paul Meloche
Director: Shannon Hartman
Writer: Jo Koy
Actors: Jo Koy
Stunt Doubles: None

Blurb from Netflix: Between raising a teenage boy and growing up with a Filipino mother, stand-up comic Jo Koy has been through a lot. He’s here to tell you all about it.

Selina’s Point of View:
I really enjoy watching comedians from other cultures. It’s not as easy to relate to what they’re saying, but it’s awesome to learn about what life was like for them when they were younger. It’s a funny little look into another life that you could never really experience.

In this case, I’ve already seen Jo Koy: Live from Seattle.

The first time I watched it, it was funny. I did a lot of laughing. However, I was in the unique position to see if there was replay quality to it, since we rolled it and I would have to watch it for a second time anyway.

Sometimes, with stand-up comedians, if you know the punch-line it becomes kind of boring to watch their specials again. I don’t think that was an issue here. Jo Koy (Just for Laughs, Jo Koy: Don’t Make Him Angry, Comedy Central Presents) is a very likable comedian and he manages to make his jokes in such a way that, even when you know where they’re going, it’s still worth it to watch.

Although he likely wouldn’t make a list of my top favorite comedians ever – not unless it was a top 50 or something – I can still definitely appreciate Koy and his brand of humor.

I’d watch this special again.

Cat’s Point of View:
I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Jo Koy (Family Tools, Jo Koy: Lights Out, Inglorious Pranksters) before seeing the thumbnail for this special among trending Netflix original content.

I’m always willing to give a comedian a shot, so going in blind wasn’t a big deal. For a little bit, though, I dreaded watching the full length of this comedy special. The beginning just didn’t do it for me. I felt that some of his opening humor was even disrespectful.

Thankfully, things improved as the show progressed. I wish I could say that it was by leaps and bounds but it was more like hopscotch. All told, I didn’t hate it; and I even laughed here and there. I just wasn’t laughing hard enough to wipe tears from my eyes.

I guess it really depends on what a viewer enjoys from comedy.

Koy follows the mantra of sticking to what he knows; drawing from his home background for a significant portion of his act, and the rest is drawn from his son.

I have a decent tolerance for toilet humor – but I don’t know if I’d really want to corner this routine there. I can tell you that a guy joking about masturbating is not exactly my cup of tea.

For the above-mentioned and similar content, as well as language, I strongly urge that this program is considered a hard-MA rating.

Sadly, I’m not sure that I’m all that interested in watching any of this comedian’s other work unless the dice send them my way sometime in the future. His work may not be my favorite flavor of comedy, but that’s ok. I wouldn’t feel the need to steer anyone away, at least.

Speech Available: English
Subtitles Available: English, French, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore - None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.7/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 3.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating2.5/5

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