Live review: Comedian Jo Koy at Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena

The US stand-up and Netflix star wows the crowd

Live review: Comedian Jo Koy at Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena
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Dubai is fast becoming a go-to stop for the world’s most well-known (and funniest) comedians, and the latest (on Monday January 20) was Jo Koy, who brought his Just Kidding World Tour to the Coca-Cola Arena.

Performing for the first time in the Middle East, Koy didn’t disappoint. He started the show (on time, hurrah!) with a bang. And boy, does he know how to entertain a crowd.

Koy, who started out performing at a Las Vegas coffee house, now has shows around the world using material inspired by his family. And for very good reason, as each joke had crowds erupting in laughter.

Each of his bits land. Even if you didn’t grow up in an Asian household, it’s hilarious to hear about the antics Koy and his family got up to. The ones where he mimics his mother’s reactions from his childhood or when he's calling out his son for spending too much time by himself are highlights.

Koy, who comes from a Filipino-American family, incorporates Pinoy culture into his acts, from the way his mom would pronounce his name as ‘Josep’ (hilarious) to his background of growing up.

It wasn’t just comedy though, as he instigated a sing-off with the crowd, challenging everyone to belt out ‘90s favourites such as No Scrubs by TLC and K-Ci & JoJo’s All My Life. Who doesn’t love a good singalong with a comedian?

Koy even came down to the crowd and stayed at the entrance for selfies galore, which was clearly appreciated by everyone.

As for the venue, Coca-Cola Arena has everything you’d expect, including loads of food and licensed drink options, along with fantastic views of the show, no matter where you are.

Jo Koy absolutely smashed it, and we can’t wait to see him come back to perform.

For more stellar gigs coming up throughout Dubai, click here, for Sharjah click here and for Abu Dhabi, click here.

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