Whether he’s on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards with Snooki, putting in his two cents on “The Talk,” or holding his own with Chelsea Handler on “Chelsea Lately,” Michael Yo brings his life-of-the-party humor wherever he goes. Lucky for us, we can get in on Yo’s action Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. to the SURC Theatre. This stand-up comedy show is free and for CWU students only, so round up your friends and come discover why Michael Yo could totally be your new BFF.
When I chatted with him over the phone this week, I was looking for who Michael Yo is. No problems there – from describing his career to his day spent sprawled out on the couch watching basketball, Yo was just as he described himself, “an open book.”
“I’m the fun guy, I come on stage and just have fun. I look forward to meeting all the students, I know they took time out of their busy schedules to be there and see me,” he told me.
Yo’s first role in the entertainment industry was in radio, and it was his popular broadcast out of Miami “The Yo Show” that led him to be discovered by E! News. Since then, Yo has appeared on “The Daily 10,” “E! News,” “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” and his own show, “Yo on E!.” He has been a correspondent on “Showbiz Tonight,” “Today,” “EXTRA” and currently can be seen on CBS’s “omg! Insider.” Yo is best known for his appearances on “Chelsea Lately” and it was on a dare from Chelsea herself that Yo took the plunge into a stand-up comedy career.
“I never wanted to do stand-up. But Chelsea challenged me, and I fell in love with it. After my first show I called my mom and said, ‘Mom, this is it. This is what I want to do,’” he said.
After agreeing that calling mom is what anyone would do in such a moment, Yo went on to tell me that it was from watching the banter between his parents that gave him his playful sense of humor. According to his website, http://www.michaelyo.com, Yo is a self-proclaimed, “Half-Black Brother with a Korean Mother.”
“My mom and dad always play fight. My dad will tell my mom Asian people can’t drive, and she’ll say, ‘Asian people can’t, but Korean people can.’ I think my sense of humor definitely comes from both of them,” he laughed.
Along with the humor instilled in him by his parents, Yo draws on his work with celebrities in his stand-up performances.
“My comedy is storytelling, I never sit down and write a joke, I just tell stories. It’s all fun celebrity stories mixed in with… fun!” said Yo.
If you crave the scoop on Tiger Woods, the Kardashians, Katy Perry, Ben Stiller and Justin Timberlake then Yo is your go to guy. Yo know Yo want to go! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)