Surprisingly hilarious comedy veteran
Taking the stage at the Alex Theater in his home state of California, Koy launches into his bread and butter, talking about his Filipino background. It's a long tradition of comics from minority backgrounds to draw on and imitate their family, and Koy is no different in that way, talking about his heavily-accented mother and grandmother and how he's struggled with their cultural differences. It's may not be unique to him, but it's still funny, and since he's coming from a lesser-heard group, it's a bit fresher than usual, especially the story of his mom's warnings about what happens at bars. Part of the focus on his ethnicity is the opportunity to get the crowd on his side, as the audience is heavily Filipino, but he doesn't stay there too long, moving on to more universal topics.
After an early, amusing transition from racial identity to natural disasters (which works far better than it sounds in print thanks to bits about alarms and gay tornados) Koy hits an big high point with a story about him and his son during an L.A. earthquake. It's completely silly and over the top, but it shows his excellent use of physicality and willingness to go all-out for a gag, to the point where I actually couldn't stop laughing. I'm not one who usually goes for a goofy bit of comedy, preferring cerebral comedians, but this was just funny, and sets up the bulk of the set, focusing on Koy's relationship with his son, which alternates between affectionate and adversarial, and lets him muse about being prepared to be a parent, teaching a child to not transfer your hand from your butt to your eye, and men's tendency to masturbate. Wholesome fun.
While Filipino family dynamics aren't a common theme in stand-up, sleep apnea may be an even less-covered topic, but that doesn't stop Koy from tackling it, again bringing his strengths in a big way. I didn't think someone choking due to a problem with their breathing could make me laugh, but somehow, when a bald Filipino man does it, I crack up. Just thinking back to him imitating his son's pain, I'm laughing. If there's anything I could say that best shows what I thought about his performance was the fact that I went right to my Amazon Prime account to find his other specials to watch. I can't imagine there's a comedy fan who wouldn't find something to like here, especially if you're a parent.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track puts Koy in the center channel, clean and clear, recreating the theater experience with some bounce from his voice and the audience's reaction in the surround speakers. There's not a lot to the audio (since it's basically him talking for an hour) but it's presented without any disruption, so that's all you can really ask for.
The other featurette "DJ Josephine" (4:31) follows Koy on a visit to his mother's radio show, giving you a better look at the relationship with her he discussed in the special. There's not a lot to it, but it's interesting to see the inspiration for his jokes.
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