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Jo Koy Net Worth: How Rich is the Comedian Actually?



Jo Koy Net Worth

Jo Koy is an American stand-up comedian who has released a number of successful comedy specials on Netflix and Comedy Central. He has also appeared as a frequent panelist on the late-night comedy talk show “Chelsea Lately”. Jo Koy net worth is roughly $5 million as of 2023.

Full Name Joseph Glenn Herbert Sr
Birthday June 2, 1971
Birthplace Tacoma, Washington, United States
Profession Stand-up comedian
Ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler
Net Worth $5 million

Early life

Jo Koy was born in June 1971 in Tacoma, Washington. He was born to Jack Herbert and Josie Harrison. His father was an American who served in the US Air Force. Jo’s dad met his mom while he was stationed in the Philippines. Along with his family, he shifted to Las Vegas following his high school graduation.

Koy studied at the Spanaway Lake High School. After that, he transferred to Foss High School. Then, he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. However, he dropped out of the University to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. He was given the nickname Jo Koy by his family. In 1989, he was called for dinner by his aunt who called him Jo Ko, eat, where Ko means my. However, he misheard ko as Koy and decided to keep it as a stage name.

Koy was encouraged by his mother to participate in the school talent shows. She also encouraged him to perform for his family and friends. After some time, he performed at a Las Vegas coffee house. Following that, he moved to Los Angeles. Initially, he started his stand-up career in 1994 by performing at a comedy club. Afterward, he opened mic night on the show called “Catch a Rising Star”. Then, he rented Huntridge Theater and sold the tickets by visiting door to door for his comedy shows.

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Jo landed his first TV appearance with the help of a talent coordinator, who spotted him in Los Angeles. His first TV show appearance came on BET’s ComicView. All over, he starred in the two seasons of ComicView. Since making his TV debut, he appeared in other TV stand-up specials including Jamie Foxx Presents: Laffapalooza!. Koy received Canada’s prestigious Gemini Award while performing at the Montreal comedy festival, Just For Laughs.

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In addition to these shows, he appeared as a regular guest on E!’s “Chelsea LatelY’. He has appeared in more than 100 episodes as a season regular roundtable guest on Chelsea Lately.

Koy started performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005. He was one of the few comic artists who received a standing ovation on the show. In July 2012, he began a podcast with the comedian, Michael Yo. The podcast was called “The Michael Yo and Jo Koy Show”. His other TV show appearances include “The Joy Behar Show”, “Last Call with Carson Daly”, “World’s Funniest Fails” and “Jamie Foxx: Laffapalooza”.

Koy has also received wide recognition as a host of the weekly podcast “The Koy Pond”. Likewise, he has worked on two successful comedy specials on Comedy Central titled “Don’t Make Him Angry” and “Lights Out”. In March 2017, he released his third comedy special titled “Jo Koy: Live from Seattle” on Netflix. After that, he dropped another special on Netflix titled “Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot” in June 2019. Koy was then featured on Netflix’s another comedy special featuring comedians DJs and B-boys, Jo Koy: In His Elements in June 2020.

Personal Life

Jo Koy was married to a Filipino-American singer, Angie King “Nura Luca”. Together, they share a son named Joseph Herbert Jr., who was born in 2003. They separated through a divorce in 2013. In September 2021, Koy confirmed his relationship with comedian and TV host, Chelsea Handler via an Instagram post. After nearly a year of dating, the pair have called off their relationship. The break-up news was announced by Chelsea Handler through an Instagram video on Monday, July 18.

Jo Koy Net Worth Timeline

Year Jo Koy Net Worth (estimated)
until 2019 $2.9 million
2020 $3.5 million
2021 $4.2 million
2022 $5 million

Jo Koy’s personal wealth is estimated to be around $5 million as of 2023. He has amassed a hefty amount from his stand-up career. Jo is also active in charity work. He hosted a stand-up comedy, Hilarity for Charity through The Jo Koy Foundation in August 2009. The earnings from the ticket sales were eventually donated to The Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

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