Jo Koy shared that he chose the Easter Sunday holiday as the theme of his first movie, also titled Easter Sunday, as church became a significant part of his family's life in America.
"First of all, the reason why I picked Easter Sunday is because I didn’t want to pick Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving is turkey. I didn’t want to pick Christmas because Christmas is always just the immediate family," he said in a media press conference in Pasay City as reported by ABS-CBN News.
He added, "The reason why I picked Easter Sunday is because that was the holiday everybody was there. That was the day every auntie, every cousin, all the food was on the table. That’s where the chaos happens. That’s where the talent show happens. That’s where the karaoke happens."
The comedian shared that when his mother Josie moved to America in the 1980s, the church became an avenue for his mom to find a community.
"What church was to her, was her Instagram, was her Facebook, was her Twitter. That was her way to try finding a community of Filipinos that lived around her. This generation, you can move anywhere in this world and just type in ‘Filipinos near me.’ And it will tell you every Filipino family lives near you. Back then in the '80s, what was my mom supposed to do?" he stated.
In an interview with The View back in August, Jo Koy remarked that he is proud to champion Filipino representation in his first film.
"Before there was the internet, I was just looking for my own identity and trying to find my voice and I saw Tia (Carrere) come on the screen. I was like, 'She looks like my cousin.' And I couldn't even watch the movie anymore. I wait till the credits and then I see Carrere, I knew she's Filipino and that's what it meant to me," Jo Koy said.
He continued, "What this movie means to the generation now, it's like it's going to be next level. It's like, 'That's my family, that's what we sound like, and that's how we eat and we're just like you.'"
Jo Koy recently returned to the Philippines for the premiere of Easter Sunday on August 30. He also staged the Philippine leg of his "Funny is Funny" tour at the Mall of Asia arena on August 31.