Stand-up comedian Jo Koy took the long road to success – Orange County Register

Nearly two decades ago, comedian Jo Koy took a photo of the $1,000 check he was given for his first paid gig as a way to commemorate he had arrived.

“I remember thinking I was done and had made it,” Koy said during a recent telephone interview. “I thought to myself, ‘I’m a feature at a big-time comedy club and I’m going to start getting booked everywhere.’

“Next thing you know it’s six years later and I was still stacking shoes in a stock room and working other part-time jobs to pay the bills.”

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