Tacoma-born comedian Jo Koy brings Filipino culture to the big screen on ‘Easter Sunday’

The new comedy hits theaters on August 5. #k5evening

SEATTLE — Filipino culture and family dynamics take center stage in new comedy “Easter Sunday,” starring comedian Jo Koy.

He grew up in Spanaway and Tacoma, and the memories of his single mother and extended family have long given Koy material for his stand-up act. In the film, they are distilled down to an important party.

Entertainment reporter Kim Holcomb spoke to Koy about making the film, what it means for AAPI’s representation in Hollywood, and coming “home” to Puget Sound.

KO: “The last time I was there I was at the Climate Pledge Arena and I sold it. And that’s where I saw Eddie Murphy when I was 15. It was the Seattle Coliseum. “

HOLCOMBE: “What an amazing full circle experience.”

KO: “I sat my son in the same seats I was sitting in when I saw Eddie Murphy.”

HOLCOMBE: “It’s huge that almost the entire cast of ‘Easter Sunday’ is Filipino. What does that mean to you?”

KO: “If you just see our story, you will realize that we are all connected. You will realize that just because my mother is Filipina and your mother is black and your mother is white, you will realize that these three mothers are the same mothers They all want the same thing They’ll harass you, they’ll piss you off, but then you’ll fall in love with them We need more movies like this, we need to hear more stories. The more we hear, the more we learn. My mom has lived in this country for 51 years. She moved here in ’69, she’s never seen anything that looks or talks like her on the big screen or the small screen. Now , in 2022, she can finally see it.

HOLCOMBE: “Do you feel like the film is a love letter to your mother?”

KO: “Ah, 100%. I wanted to shoot a movie that takes place in one day and the day I always remembered growing up was Easter, and the amount of food my mom cooked, all my cousins ​​and aunts came. And there was always a fight, there was always karaoke and there was always laughter.”

HOLCOMBE: “What is the greatest karaoke show you have ever given? »

KO: “My greatest karaoke moment was at a Korean karaoke bar in Seattle. My friend was going to U-Dub and I sang Elvis Presley, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ and I crushed him and the owner from the bar bought all our drinks and our food at the table.There were 10 of us and he paid for everything.

HOLCOMBE: “Food is obviously a big part of this movie. When you come back to western Washington, is there somewhere you have to grab a bite to eat?”

KO: “It’s Ivar’s. Because it takes me back to my childhood. I left Tacoma when I was 18, so I only ate fast food. You know what I mean? And the one d’Ivar has always been my favourite.”

“Easter Sunday” is rated PG-13 and hits theaters on August 5.

Koy will also bring his stand-up act back to Tacoma on December 10 at the Tacoma Dome.


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