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Jo Koy: ‘I Hated That (Bleeping) Mask

Superstar stand-up tees off on pandemic fear, wobbly science, news media

Jo Koy couldn’t do what he loved the most for two excruciating years.

Stand-up comedy.

“This is all I know how to do,” he cracked during his fourth Netflix special, “Jo Koy: Live from the Los Angeles Forum.”

Jo Koy: Live from the Los Angeles Forum | Official Trailer | Netflix

The “Easter Sunday” star riffs on Filipino culture, parenthood and, of course, his Mom during the special, his first since 2019’s “Jo Koy: Comin’ in Hot.”

The stand-up giant starts the new show, though, by mocking COVID-19 rules that, to him, didn’t make much sense. He noted several Forum patrons had their masks on, and he had no problem with that.

“That’s your choice … don’t cancel me, please! It’s just my opinion,” he cried, referencing how news outlets and Big Tech condemned those who critiqued government decrees during the pandemic era, right or wrong.

He added his own wisdom to the mask debate, saying even masked-up patrons may get infected.

“Chances are, you might get [COVID-19] tonight. No one’s six-feet apart … everyone’s laughing like this,” he says, imitating a braying donkey-style guffaw.

Widespread mask use during the pandemic’s peak came from a natural place, he said.

“I hated that f***ing mask,” Koy said. “We were all scared. … that mask was all we had.”

That fear came partly from news outlets, which played up the virus’ worst elements and left Americans rattled as a result.

“‘This is what you need to do, wear a paper square across your mouth. You should be fine,'” he said of the news consensus, hit tone suggesting that protective measure wasn’t as successful as advertised.

“Jo Koy: Live from the Los Angeles Forum” is streaming now on Netflix.

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