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Comedian Jo Koy is ‘Just Kidding’ again at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 21

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From a press release:

Due to overwhelming demand, comedian Jo Koy will return to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Oct. 21 as part of his Just Kidding World Tour.

Doors at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $48.50 and $58.50, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, tickets are only available online at,, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins on Thursday, May 13 at 10 a.m. Members can call 570-826-1100 to purchase tickets.

He previously performed at the Kirby Center in 2018 on his Break the Mold Tour.

As one of today’s premier stand-up comics, Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. The hugely relatable comic pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son.

In 2020, Koy kicked off the tour with a bang with four sold-out shows, selling over 25,000 tickets at both the Chase Center in San Francisco and The Forum in Los Angeles. He continues selling out and breaking records at some of the most prestigious venues around the world, including the Mall of Asia Arena (Manila, Philippines), Coca-Cola Arena (Dubai), ICC Theatre (Sydney, Australia), and Radio City Music Hall (New York City).

In March, the comedian released his first autobiography, “Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo,” with Harper Collins Publishers. In this funny and moving memoir, he uncovers the stories behind his stand-up – the conflict, the drama, and the laughter as he struggles to find his place in the entertainment industry, a country, and the world.

This spring, Koy will shoot the Amblin Partners and Dan Lin’s Ridback comedy movie “Easter Sunday.” The feature film will be based on Koy’s life experiences and will be set around a family gathering to celebrate Easter Sunday.

He has had five highly-rated and successful stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, including his latest variety special “In His Element” current streaming on Netflix, with plans to shoot his next stand-up special in 2022. He can also be heard on his weekly podcast, “The Koy Pond with Jo Koy,” by Starburns Audio. Listeners can dive in each week as Koy welcomes friends and fellow comedians to share their hilarious insights on life.

In 2018, Koy was given the prestigious Stand-Up Comedian of the Year award at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. In 2019, he reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts for his stand-up comedy album “Live from Seattle.”

Koy has appeared on over 140 episodes of “Chelsea Lately” as a season regular roundtable guest. His other appearances include “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Last Call with Carson Daly,” “Lights Out with David Spade,” “@Midnight” hosted by Chris Hardwick, “Today with Hoda & Jenna,” “GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke,” “Larry King Now,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Celebrity Page TV,” “World’s Funniest Fails,” and “Sean in the Wild.”

Now, he is traveling again with all new material on his ​Just Kidding World Tour.