Jo Koy on Comedy: "It's Truth"

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It's kind of like that. When you see that as a parent you're like, "Man, I want to do that." You know what I mean? At my biggest moment in life I want to share it with the one I love the most. And that would be my son. It was great just to share that moment.

Yeah, you did act like you just won a fight at the end of your special. A lot of comedians say good night and walk off stage, but you looked really happy and proud, and you were high-fiving the audience.
Yeah. I love it. I mean, when you work 22 years to get to where you want to be, and finally be able to shoot that special that you've always dreamed about -- I can't walk off the stage and just act like it was another day. That's that moment I've been waiting for my whole life. So, I'm going to savor it like it's a really good steak (laughs).

So, going back to your son: I know you talk about him sometimes and he enjoys your act, but do you get any feedback from his friends?
Yeah, they all know who Joe is. He's kind of like a little celebrity.

His friends like your act?
Oh, yeah. They love it. And my son loves it. He's not embarrassed yet. Because this next special is going to be kind of crazy.

You really deal with some adult content and you don't try to shield him from it.
Yeah, I don't want to censor anything with my son. I know he's going to start cursing pretty soon also. He's probably already doing it and I just don't know. I don't know how to say it without sounding like it's a bad thing, but I just think, with my son, if I censor things it would just be me not being me. You know what I mean? I curse in my act. I talk about explicit content. And there's stuff that he can hear, but I don't want to look at my son and go, "Alright, cover your ears here." I know eventually he's going to know what that stuff is. You know, I don't look at it as being bad. I hope I'm not sounding weird when I say this, but I don't think I'm a bad person when I curse in front of my son or use bad words or whatever. He's going to eventually do it. I remember when I was 15, I had the dirtiest mouth in the world. And my mom and dad never cursed in front of me.

Yeah, if my parents knew some of the things that I was saying at that age, I think they might of had a heart attack.
Right? If my mom would have known the stuff that I was saying, oh, she would have killed me. Killed me. 14-year-olds have the dirtiest mouths, especially little boys. And that doesn't come from your household or anything like that. That just comes from your environment. They're kids, you know what I mean? He's either going to hear it from me, or 25 of his friends from school.

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