Yo, donâ€™t miss the 10th year of the South Beach Comedy Festival! This weekend at the iconic Fillmore Miami Beach, local legend Michael Yo will be among the headliners at one of the most anticipated comedy events of the year. We had a chance to speak with Yo recently about this exciting appearance.
Audience members can expect new tales from this hilarious storyteller. Speaking from the heart and an interesting life, Yo embraces the laughter and uses his natural reporting abilities to relate to his audience. Currently, Yo co-hosts the number one entertainment show in Miami, The Insider on CBS, as well as Yo Show on Yahoo! TV. Fueled by endless material, SBCF attendees can expect to hear some new stories that may be seen in the upcoming filming of Yoâ€™s comedy special.
Mentored by comic and current podcast co-host Jo Koy, Yo began his stand-up career after several years of comedy panel appearances on Chelsea Lately. During his time on the show, fans would ask Yo where they could see him do stand-up, not realizing he wasn’t a comic. Know Yo has appeared at The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and Improvs across the country.
Former host of the popular Michael Yo Show on Miamiâ€™s Y100, he is honored to be part of the the tenth anniversary of the SBCF. Yo fondly refers to Miami as the â€œcity that gave me my identity and put me on the map.â€ His background in TV and radio make him a natural on stage. â€œI figured I could at least keep the conversation going enough where they wouldnâ€™t boo me,â€ said Yo. He never turned back after his first appearance on stage at the Miami Improv. Outed as a stand-up comic by Chelsea Handler and encouraged by Koy, Yo continued to share his funny life stories. Born to entertain, Yo imagines that the feeling of a responsive crowd and energetic laughter can be compared to the feeling of being a superhero. With great power (to make people laugh), comes great responsibility. Yo’s future includes aspirations and recent discussions about a talk show, panel show and comedy special. â€œExpect a different kind of stand-up special,â€ said Yo. He also recently wrote a sitcom.
Star reporter himself, Yo has interviewed Chris Rock, Robin Williams and been a little starstruck by Madonna. When asked about Dave Chappelle, Yo describes him as an original that could never be duplicated. â€œDave Chappelle has given so much to comedy,â€ said Yo, with one of the best TV shows ever on comedy central. â€œYou have to put the work into it to see the difference,â€ said Yo, referring to comedy as the â€œgreat equalizerâ€ because audiences will hold you to be entertaining.
Miami’s equalizers can expect a roller coaster of laughter Saturday night. Tickets start at $25. There are only a few seats left for this show, but use â€œmiamiâ€ as a promo code to get $5 off tickets. Also look for ticket giveaways on Yoâ€™s Instagram @MichaelYo, and connect with Yo on his active social media pages for engagement, funny commentary and updates. â€œI just love reaching out to people and getting instant feedback. Thatâ€™s why I love radio too,â€ said Yo. If you miss him at the SBCF, check out Yo weekly on The Insider and The Michael Yo & Jo Koy Podcast.