Jo Koy Adds Fourth Hawaiian Arena Show: ‘It’s So Surreal And Crazy’

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Comedian Jo Koy returns to Honolulu in November to tape his next standup special, and demand has led to the venue adding three more shows at the Blaisdell Arena, with Koy telling Pollstar he’ll add as many gigs as his Hawaiian fans want. 

“I just can’t believe the incredible love and support Hawaii has been showing me. I was only suppose to go on sale with one  show this week, and now I’m adding a fourth show.,” Koy told Pollstar. “This ‘Break The Mold’ tour has been insane this year. Adding multiple arena shows was not expected at all and now I’m told I could break a record at the Blaisdell Arena where iconic artists like Journey have played! It’s so surreal and crazy. I’ll keep adding more shows as long as Hawaii will have me.”

Indeed it could break records, one he’s already set, as in November Koy set a record with 11 sold-out shows with over 23,000 tickets sold at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, the most ever by a comedian in Hawaii. That run was reported to Pollstar as grossing $869,795. 

It was such a big deal that the mayor’s office in Honolulu proclaimed Nov. 24 “Jo Koy Day.”

“We are going on sale with the fourth arena show today and absolutely this could be another record breaker in Hawaii,”  Koy’s manager, Joe Meloche of Arsonhouse Entertainment, told Pollstar. “If the fourth show sells out we will add another of course.” 

The dates so far run Nov. 21-25. 

Koy also recently sold more than 10,000 tickets over two shows at Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent., Wash. Feb. 17 and Feb. 19. That’s just a 30-minute drive from his hometown market of Tacoma. 

The comedian is currently selling out shows on his Break The Mold World Tour with stops in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, and is in the middle of a residency at the San Jose Improv in California.

Another comic who has a wide reach is Gabriel Iglesias, who is also managed by Meloche and has a large following in Europe. 

“It’s something that we’ve been growing and building on,” Meloche said about the “Fluffy” comedian at the time, adding that it was Iglesias’ fourth time touring Europe, where fans may not understand all the cultural nuances of the material but resonate with Iglesias’ stage presence and storytelling.

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Both artists are represented by CAA’s Matt Blake.