Fans of stand-up comedy will have to do some serious decision- making over who to watch on Jan. 15 as two international comedians hold their respective shows in Manila.
To help make your choice, here are information about and sample jokes by them.
Dave Chapelle was described by a Billboard writer as “the best” stand-up comedian back in 2013. He was called the “comic genius of America” by Esquire and, in 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their “50 Best Stand Up Comics of all time.” His career skyrocketed when given a break in Hollywood to star in his very own comedy sketch show from 2003-2006. It eventually gave him two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and a Mark Twain Prize.
Chapelle may be comedy royalty, but Jo Koy has his secret weapon.
On his Seattle comedy show on Netflix, Jo Koy said, “I am half white and half Filipino which means my dad was in the military…My dad would say borderline racist s*** to me when I was a kid. ..”
Then, pretending to talk like his dad by lowering his voice, he added: “You know why I married your mom right? ‘Coz I love Chinese food. ”
When Jo Koy pointed out that his mom is Filipino, the dad flippantly answers, “Whatever, rice is rice.”
Well, African-American Dave Chapelle has similar jokes in his routine.
“Somebody broke into my house once, that is a good time to call the police, but, mmm mmm, nope. The house was too nice. It was a real nice house, but they never believed I lived in it. They’d be like, “He is still here!” Dave said.
I don’t know how Dave would react to Jo Koy’s joke about his own brother-in- law.
“My sister is about to marry her fiancee. He is daaark. Darker than your you. My sister got the darkest one. There’s black and there’s night time. Andre is night time. Andre used to kill it when he played hide and seek when he was kid. He didn’t have to hide. He would just close his eyes like that….You should have seen how my mom acted when she met Andre for the very first time…..(Jo Koy starts mimicking his mom with his mom voice and accent), put my purse in the room.”
So, how to solve the dilemma of choosing who to watch between them in Manila? Watch Chapelle live at Solaire on Jan. 14, then Jo Koy at the MOA Arena on Jan 15.