I recently got to know the very funny Asian American Comedian and "Myx Rated" television host, Joey Guila, via my old friend, Jon Nielsen, Entertainment Marketing Director of Rebel Spirit Clothing. Joey won Walter Latham's Regional Kings And Queens Of Comedy Search Competition in California, which connected him to perform on P Diddy's Bad Boyz Of Comedy. He has toured throughout the US, as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, but most frequently in Hawaii. He is currently on Showtime on Edwin San Juan's Pacific Rim Comedy. Joey has also hosted television shows, such as Comedy Zen on Imagin Asian TV, and currently hosts two TV shows on Myx TV. One is called "That's My Jam," which has had a variety of guests from Boyz II Men to Justin Bieber. And he has a new show, "Myx Rated" that he co-hosts with Olivia Speranza and is produced by Roland Posadas. [April 5, 2011]
Dig In Magazine: Hometown?
Joey Guila: I was born and raised in the macho city of San Francisco, then moved around to cities such as Daly City and Vallejo where everyone looks like Manny Pacquiao.
DIM: How did you get into comedy?
JG: As a kid, I was like a parrot imitating accents. My father is Filipino, Mother is Burmese, Spanish, English, Irish, Italian, Filipino, but born in India, so you know I'm crazy! While living in L.A. as a straight hair dresser, I decided to take a comedy class and had my 1st showcase at The Haha Cafe in Hollywood.
DIM: Ideas for comedy and jokes?
JG: It's a combination of exaggerated life experiences and people watching.
DIM: What inspires you to do comedy?
JG: Since I can't be a Caucasian Rockstar, the next best thing is to do Knock Knock jokes in Tagalog to get the ladies...Awe Yeah!!!
DIM: Where is your favorite place to perform?
JG: In the bedroom at Ikea.
DIM: Kings Of Comedy Competition?
JG: After a year of doing stand up I heard on the radio that Walter Latham, the Founder of the Regional Kings And Queens Of Comedy, had a nationwide competition. It was kinda scary, because the audience had their booing skills on point just like the Apollo. With the grace of Buddah and Cool Waters I was chosen the winner that night and took 1st place in California. After winning, Walter Latham then connected me to perform on P Diddy's Bad Boyz Of Comedy.
DIM: Where have you toured?
JG: Some of my tours include Brown Seoul Comedy Tour, The Kings and Queens Of Comedy Search Tour, The Filipino Kings Of Comedy Tour, Slanted Comedy Tour and currently on the Dim Sum Funny Ass Ninja's Tour. I have toured throughout the US as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, but I perform most in Hawaii, at least a few times a year.
DIM: What comedians have you performed with?
JG: My good friends who I love performing with and who have paved the way for Asian comedians are Jo Koy, Russell Peters, Edwin San Juan, Rex Navarette, Kevin Camia, Alan Manalo, Bernadette Balagtas, Paul Ogata, PK and Ron Josol. These are all the Asian Veteran comedians I personally know and admire, all of them are on another level.
DIM: What TV shows have you hosted?
JG: A few years back I was the Host of Comedy Zen on Imagin Asian TV. I currently host two TV shows on Myx TV. One is called "That's My Jam" where I have had a variety of guests from Boyz II Men to Justin Bieber. Yeah I said "Justin Bieber" kids!! I'm also really excited to be co-hosting with Olivia Speranza on our new show called "Myx Rated," produced by Roland Posadas. This is a show you have to watch if you like nudity and robots. Check out our site at: www.myx.tv for your local listings.
DIM: What is your connection with Rebel Spirit Clothing?
JG: I was introduced to Rebel Spirit by my buddy Jo Koy. He saw me wearing their clothing line and linked me up to Jon Nielsen and Edgar Munoz of Rebel. These guys treated me like family and showered me with the dopest clothing line ever!!! I went from rocking hand me downs to feeling like royalty, girls say Yes now when I ask for their pager number. Seriously go to: www.rebelspiritclothing.com
DIM: You were involved with Imagin Asian TV and now are on Myx TV, how does being Asian influence your terms of the projects that you work on?
JG: I feel blessed that we finally have channels that cater to our Asian community, as well as to the White Devils...Jk. I can say that because I'm part English mate! Being a host of an Asian Music Channel is so exciting, I feel like I'm at home, because our break room smells like Kikoman.
DIM: Where can people find you?
DIM: What are you currently working on and what are you plans?
JG: I'm currently on Showtime. It's called Edwin San Juan's Pacific Rim Comedy. Our new show, "Myx Rated," is currently where all my focus is right now along with touring doing comedy. I plan to get deeper into acting in case they ever make a La Bamba part 2.