Jo Koy to film movie with Steven Spielberg

FILIPINO-AMERICAN stand-up comedian Jo Koy is set to work on a movie with the revered filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

“I signed a deal with Steven Spielberg’s company. [He] watched my last special ‘Comin’ In Hot’ and then he gave me a deal for a movie, so get ready for that. We’re writing the script now,” the comedian said in a Zoom interview with The Manila Times Entertainment and other members of the Philippine press on Tuesday, June 9.

Fil-Am comedian Jo Koy | Photo from Instagram/@jokoy

Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Partners, will team up with Dan Lin’s Rideback to produce the movie which will be based on Jo Koy’s real-life experiences.

“Steven’s 100 percent on board. We just signed the deal maybe a couple of months ago. So yeah, be on the lookout. I’m doing a movie called ‘Easter Sunday’ which is an idea I pitched and it’s going to showcase more Filipino actors and more Filipino stories, and we’re going to get this in as many movie theaters as we can,” Jo Koy added.

He also expressed his excitement with having Spielberg and Lin on board with the movie.
“These two powerhouses are going to back this for us. I’m very proud to put it out there,” Jo Koy said.

The comedian is also doing a collaboration with clothing brand Illest, which is set to be released on the same day as his Netflix comedy special.

“Jo Koy: In His Elements” will be available on the streaming platform on June 12.

According to Jo Koy, the special will show how beautiful the Philippines is, and how beautiful the people are.

“Everything about this special is Filipino, the cameraman, the people in the audience, the people that own the venue,” he said.

Jo Koy, whose birth name is Joseph Glenn Hubert, first took the stage in Las Vegas in 1989 and has been working as a stand-up comedian ever since.

His two previous Netflix specials are “Comin’ in Hot” and “Live from Seattle.”

Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a staff writer and reporter for the Asian Journal. You can reach her at [email protected].

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