We've enlisted comedians, some based here and others who spend their time on the road and come through Vegas, to share their recommendations on great places to dine in Sin City for a feature dubbed Comedian Confidential.
Comedian Jo Koy started his career by performing at coffeehouses right here in Las Vegas. He finds humor from his Filipino family and heritage. Even his stage name "Jokoy" comes from the Filipino word for "Joker." After appearing on numerous television shows like Last Call with Carson Daly and various VH1 specials, he earned a permanent spot as a round table guest on Chelsea Lately, appearing on more than 100 episodes. Koy starred in two of his own specials on Comedy Central, Don’t Make Him Angry in 2009 and Lights Out in 2012. Now he co-hosts The Michael Yo and Jo Koy Show podcast and is a regular guest on The Adam Carolla Show podcast, both available on iTunes. Beginning on Friday, Koy’s newest venture debuts when Yojie Japanese Fondue opens at Village Square. He performs on Friday night at Treasure Island for a sold-out show. Here he talks about one of his favorite restaurants in Las Vegas, how he feels about fans approaching him while he’s dining out, his surprise guest at his show and more.
How long did you live in Las Vegas?
Twelve years. My family moved to Las Vegas in 1989, and I was there until 2001.
How often do you get to Las Vegas now?
Once or twice a year. Usually for a show.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
My first trip to Vegas was in junior high school in 1985. I remember I couldn’t go anywhere except Circus Circus. I couldn’t wait to go there every day!
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
My favorite place to eat is my restaurant, Yojie, for sure. It's shabu shabu cuisine. It’s located at 9440 W. Sahara Ave.
Max's Restaurant on Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway. Best fried chicken ever!
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
All the time. They will walk right up ask to take a selfie. I love it. I love connecting with the public.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
The young Jo use to go out all the time party it up, but the old Jo likes to just lay down and cuddle up with a bowl of cereal or even a slice of cake.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
The bright lights.
What can we expect at your show?
I’m getting ready to do my third hour special, so you’re getting a sneak of my new material and also I’m bringing Apl.de.ap from The Black Eye Peas, and he will be performing onstage as well.