Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in North Bergen, NJ, Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz has quickly become one of the most sought after actors and comedians in the entertainment industry today. His love of storytelling is reflected in each role he takes: whether it is on film or on stage, his passion for entertaining and delighting audiences shines through every performance. Recently, Diaz can be seen starring as ‘Mikey’ opposite Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, and Kim Basinger in the blockbuster feature film “Grudge Match” (Warner Bros.).
Diaz’s start in comedy began while serving a short stint at a correctional facility in Denver, CO in 1988. “Each Wednesday we would watch movies on the projector, but sometimes it would break,” he shares, “so I would get up and do stand up to fill the time.” Learning that he had the skills to make an audience laugh, he pursued comedy after his release and began performing at an assortment of comedy clubs in the LA area.
Diaz’s comedy is laced with a unique blend of profanity, wisdom, and a no-nonsense attitude, creating a raw and genuine comedic experience. His gravelly voice and animated delivery add a distinct flavor to his performances, making each joke and story memorable. Beyond stand-up, Diaz has also gained popularity through his podcast, “The Church of What’s Happening Now,” where he continues to share his unfiltered perspective on life, often featuring candid conversations with fellow comedians and friends.
While he was touring as a comic, he began acting in a variety of television and film roles. You may recognize him from his appearances in “The Mentalist”, “Children’s Hospital”, “My Name is Ear”l, or “General Hospital” to name a few. On the film front, Diaz has held roles in “The Longest Yard”, “Spider-Man 2”, “Smiley Face”, and “Taxi”, among others.
In 2013, Diaz started to perform stand up and act, while also staying on top of the new media move in podcasting. Currently, Diaz hosts his bi-weekly podcast “The Church of What’s Happening Now”, which ranks among some of the most highly downloaded podcasts online. He is also a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.
With a career spanning several decades, Joey Diaz has become a respected figure in the comedy world, appreciated for his fearless approach to humor and his ability to find hilarity in even the most challenging aspects of life. Whether on stage or behind the mic, Joey Diaz continues to captivate audiences with his unapologetic and uproarious comedic style.
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