Jo also spoke about how he was inspired by none other than JHud’s “Dreamgirls” co-star Eddie Murphy to get into comedy right out of high school. “I saw Eddie Murphy and I just fell in love,” he said. “I wanted to be him. I remember asking my mom for the red leather outfit [from ‘Delirious’].”
He saw Eddie Murphy perform his classic stand-up set “Raw” in person when he was just 15 years old. He bought tickets over the phone using his mom’s credit card while pretending to be his mom!
“I remember sitting there looking up at the ceiling and just seeing it packed, and I was like, ‘I can’t believe this many people are here to see this,’” he recalled. “Fast-forward to, like, two years ago when I sold out the same arena.”
When he initially told his mom he wanted to be a comedian, Jo said she cried! The tears stopped, though, when Jo was successful enough to buy his mother a house. “Now she’s, like, introducing me, ‘This is my favorite clown!’”