Jo Koy has built a reputation in stand-up comedy over a career spanning nearly 30 years, with wild yet recognizable anecdotes about his quirky family that are entertaining and relatable.
Easter Sunday, a personal, absurd love letter to Koy’s Filipino-American community that brings the gentle irreverence of Koy’s stand-up specials to a wider audience, marks Koy’s feature film debut.
He stars and produces in it, and Koy directs the film. Let’s say you’ve seen Koy’s comedy before. Then you probably know how the veteran comedian can turn his deep-rooted affection and sheer amazement at his family into funny, bizarre stories about his life at home.
As the first trailer for Easter Sunday shows, the film revolves around a fictionalized version of Koy, who returns to his supportive but demanding family to spend the holidays.
A fit of bickering, yelling, eating, drinking, laughing and falling in love. Along with a whole host of additional, potentially dangerous activities on top of that. Even if the trailer eschews some of the more riotous plot developments that will make it happen.
The Easter Sunday trailer focuses mainly on the localized hilarity of Koy’s well-known stand-up act, which should make it an easy sell for fans who have been following the comic’s career for years.
During a recent visit to CinemaCon to promote Easter Sunday, Koy stated that Spielberg was the one responsible for getting the film off the ground. Jo Koy: Comin’ in Hot, a 2019 Netflix stand-up special, sparked the famed director’s interest, who wanted to learn more about Koy’s family dynamics.
It certainly helps to have supporters in high places. If well received, this film could mark the beginning of an exciting and prosperous new chapter in Koy’s ever-evolving career.
Here’s everything you need to know about “Easter Sunday” plus more to get you through the wait for the movie.
Easter Sunday: release date
The film “Easter Sunday” will be shown from the cinema August 5, 2022† Thanks to a multi-year licensing agreement starting in 2022, “Easter Sunday” will also be broadcast on Show TimeThe Movie Channel, Flix and Showtime’s multiplex linear channels and streaming service, among other platforms.
Easter Sunday: Trailer
Easter Sunday: plot
Comedy on the spot On the official Amblin website, the film describes itself as “a love letter to his Filipino-American community,” in which “phenomenon Jo Koy portrays as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his rowdy, arguing, eating and drinking , laughing loving family,”
It is possible to connect the tone of Easter Sunday with titles from Amblin, such as ‘Meet the Parents’, ‘I Love You, Man’. and ‘Christmas at the Office’. The success of Koy’s stand-up specials (especially those featuring his mother’s stories) has made him a household name, making this a seamless transition to the big screen.
Easter Sunday: Cast
Amblin went above and beyond when it came to casting for this film, putting together a cast that included a slew of comedic characters and some of the most well-known Filipino performers on the scene today.
Cast members include Jo Koy, who plays himself, Tia Carrere (who previously appeared in “Wayne’s World”) as Tia Theresa, Brandon Wardell (who plays Junior) and Eva Noblezada (who plays Ruth), and Asif Ali (who portrays Tony Daytona).
Eugene Cordero and Lou Diamond Phillips both appear in the role of themselves. In addition, Lydia Gaston, Jimmy O. Yang, Rodney To, Jay Chandrasekhar and Tiffany Haddish have been cast in parts that have not yet been revealed.
Easter Sunday: director, crew and more
Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Cheng, Joe Meloche, Nick Reynolds, and Seth William Meier are the executive producers of “Easter Sunday,” which is produced by Rideback’s Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich (“The Lego Movie”) and executive produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich (“The Lego Movie”).
In collaboration with Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners, DreamWorks Pictures brings us this photo for our pleasure. Written by comedian and YouTuber Ken Cheng, the script will be directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, who has previously worked on “Super Troopers,” “Club Dread” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”