My wife surprised me recently and took me to a comedy show starring comedian, Jo Koy. My wife and I love going to comedy shows to laugh and enjoy it all. We loved the entire experience, including the awesome sushi before the show. But Jo Koy was tremendous.
The night started off with great music from a DJ who brought energy and excitement to the room. The first two opening comedians were very funny and got the crowd going, and then Jo Koy came out. Jo had a big smile on his face and genuinely seemed very happy to be there. That was evident in the show. Jo laughed along with the audience, and engaged with the audience. He learned people’s names, asked where they were from, and continued to go back and call them by name. He thoroughly and 100% was engaged with the audience. He danced with us, laughed with us, clapped with us, and more.
I kept telling myself. Wow, he’s really enjoying himself. In between holding my stomach from laughing so hard.
When the show ended, all the comedians came out and waved again. They were smiling, and holding their hands on their hearts as they were grateful for the audience. Jo continued by coming into the audience, shaking hands, signing autographs, and hugging the members. He had a Filipino saying on his shirt that love. His message of love was felt throughout the show.
He continued circling the whole auditorium and then came back for a meet and greet. My wife and I were just watching the scene unfold and a staff member handed us meet and greet passes. We were up on stage and got to meet Jo Koy. We shared with him, talked with
him, and told him how much we appreciated his energy and positivity.
He enjoyed the show. We enjoyed the show immensely.
Work can’t be enjoyable all the time. We don’t love every part of it, and some days can be a grind. But how can we find joy in the work we’re doing? How can we smile and engage with our audience with our people?
Being in the field of comedy and making people laugh is Jo’s business, but it was more than that on this special night. I encourage you to find the joy in your work and bring smiles to those around you.
I think it’s so important that we enjoy the journey as we’re on it, as well as inspire and engage with those around us!
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