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Birth name  Jose Antonio Diaz
Spouse  Terrie Diaz (m. 2009)
Role  Comedian
Name  Joey Diaz
Nationality  Cuban-American

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Born  February 19, 1963 (age 52)Havana, Cuba (1963-02-19)
Notable works and roles  My Name Is Earl, The Longest Yard, Taxi
Medium  Stand-up comedy, Television, Podcast, Film
Movies  Spider‑Man 2, Analyze That, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, BASEketball, The Dog Who Saved Halloween
Similar People  Joe Rogan, Duncan Trussell, Ari Shaffir, Bert Kreischer, Brian Redban

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Jose Antonio "Joey" "CoCo" Diaz (born February 19, 1963) is a Cuban American stand-up comedian, actor and podcast host. Born in Cuba and raised in New Jersey, Diaz began his stand-up career in 1991. He had roles in the television series My Name is Earl and the films The Longest Yard and Taxi. Since 2012, Diaz has hosted the podcast, The Church of What's Happening Now. He is also a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience.


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Early life

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Joey Diaz was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to NYC at the age of three. In the 1970s, Joey and his mother relocated to North Bergen, New Jersey, where he attended McKinley School followed by North Bergen High School, which he graduated from in 1982 and won awards for performing arts in school. His mother ran a bar and a successful numbers game operation. He was raised Catholic as a youngster and enjoyed learning stories about Francis of Assisi and St. Michael.

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Diaz suffered loss in his family early on. He lost his father when he was three, and found his mother dead on the floor in his home at fifteen. He was taken in by four families around North Bergen during his teenage years, and credits around twenty people who helped him, but his reckless nature and tendency to get into trouble caused him to move from one home to another. During this time, Diaz began taking drugs and committing crimes. Diaz explains that their sense of humor greatly influenced his comedy career, and used lines from his teacher at McKinley School in his act. Diaz was also influenced by albums by Richard Pryor. Diaz wished to become a bookkeeper initially, but changed his mind when it was not an honest way of making a living.

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At nineteen, Diaz left New Jersey for Colorado, "I was making money ... I was taking classes at night, I had a ski pass, I had a nice apartment". However, his growing homesickness led to his return to New Jersey initially for his birthday in 1984, but he stayed there for eighteen months. He later called this time as "the worst 18 months of my life" and a mistake, as his cocaine abuse worsened.

Stand-up comedy

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In June 1985, Diaz left New Jersey for good and returned to Colorado to study economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He did not enjoy his time there, and quit before taking up work selling roofing which earned him money, but he remained unhappy. Developments in his life were interrupted by a stint in prison in 1988, following his arrest for kidnapping and aggravated robbery. During his six-month stay in prison, Diaz would perform stand-up routines for his fellow inmates during the weekly film screening event when the projector broke. It took Diaz a further three years to try stand-up, despite being often told of his talent, and later called his entry into the line of work as "the last resort" as he had many other jobs in the past. He finally tried it after he saw Punchline (1988) and spotted an advert for stand-up comedy classes in the Rocky Mountain Post for a $37 fee, and developed a blue comedy act. Before he started, he landed a job as a doorman at Wit's End.

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Diaz performed his first routine on June 18, 1991 at the Comedy Works in Denver at a show headlined by Matt Woods. In April 1992, prior to his opening spot for Troy Baxley in Boulder, Colorado, Diaz took cocaine before going on stage and had a set that he described as "a disaster". He then ceased to take the substance before a performance. After developing his act, Diaz entered the Beck's Amateur Comedy Competition and won. He initially lost another competition until the winner was caught stealing jokes made famous by Jerry Seinfeld and Diaz was declared the winner. Diaz claimed Comedy Works manager Wende Curtis promised him a flight to Los Angeles for a showcase spot at The Comedy Store for owner Mitzi Shore, but never received either. Diaz went on to participate in a similar contest in Seattle, Washington, and finished sixth out of 40. In 1994, Diaz returned to the Comedy Works and found Curtis had started a developmental program for comics which he joined. The process involved group writing sessions at Wood's home followed by sets in the club the same evening. At one point, Curtis banned Diaz from the Comedy Works before it was lifted after they met years later.

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In 1995, Diaz left Colorado for Los Angeles, California to try and make it as a successful stand-up comic. Had he failed, he was set on returning to Colorado and send jokes to Jay Leno via fax machine from prison. He used his divorce from his first wife, and the loss of contact with their daughter in the process, as a motivation so he "could come back and make her proud". In the following years, he worked on his act in local and national venues as a supporting act for other comedians. Around 1997, Diaz first met his longtime friend Joe Rogan, who had Diaz open for him on his stand-up tours.

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Diaz has performed his standup in his hometown of North Bergen for charity. On November 4, 2007, he appeared there to help raise money for North Bergen High School basketball team uniforms.

In 2009, Diaz quit stand-up comedy and became a car salesman for Ford.

In April 2012, Diaz supported his Where I Got My Balls From documentary with the release of his stand-up special, It's Either You or the Priest. It went to number one on the Billboard comedy charts in the UK and Canada, and number one on iTunes.

In December 2016, Diaz put out his first one-hour comedy special, Sociably Unacceptable, through the on-demand subscription services Seeso and Comedy Dynamics.

Film and television

In 1998, Diaz received a contract to star in a television pilot, playing a bartender in a series titled Bronx County, after a talent scout at CBS saw him perform comedy in Seattle. The offer was a total surprise to Diaz, who initially did not believe him until he saw the talent scout possess tickets to have him fly to Los Angeles for the shoot. The series was not picked up, but the opportunity led to more work for Diaz, including an offer in his first feature film, a referee in BASEketball (1998), and a part in the television series NYPD Blue. In 2000, Diaz was featured in You Got Nothin' (2003), an independent film. Parts of Analyze That (2002), which starred Diaz, were filmed in Hudson County, New Jersey. He said, "That was big for me, able to come home to film".

Diaz's profile increased with subsequent roles in Law & Order and his first major feature films, Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Taxi (2004). This was followed by a role in The Longest Yard (2005) as an unlawful union organizer, for which Diaz took several longtime friends to the premiere screening as they helped him face adversity in life. Diaz secured the role after he learned a remake of the original was in production, and had lunch with Chris Rock and Adam Sandler, during which Rock said he could land Diaz an audition. Diaz proceeded to assemble an audition tape: "I went out and got a football jersey two sizes too small, pants two sizes two small with my butt hanging out. I got kids' football shoulder pads and ran around the field with a cigar in my mouth". Three days after submitting the tape, Diaz landed the role; the producers liked the name Big Tony Tedesco, which Diaz named himself on the tape, and wrote it into the script. Originally Diaz had a mere three lines, but his tape got his part extended.

In 2005, Diaz expressed his wish to continue as a character actor, saying: "It's like a dream come true for me. ... I got my call and I have to make the most of it". Around this time prepared his one-man comedy show Larceny & Laughter, which featured stories while growing up in North Bergen.

In 2007, Diaz appeared in four episodes of the television series My Name is Earl as Joey the Candy Bar Criminal. The show's producers wished to hire actors to play prisoners, and called Diaz after they saw him in The Longest Yard. That year, he had a stint as the host of humorous promotions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship as Joey Karate, giving karate instructions and comical predictions for upcoming fights. Diaz called his role in the television film The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009) as one that made him proud as it allowed to see children in North Bergen to see him act. At the time of filming, Diaz weighed 390 lbs. By late 2009, he slimmed down to 295 lbs.

In 2010, Diaz appeared with Joe Rogan on The Alex Jones Show. In 2011 Diaz appeared in "Scarlet Ribbons", an episode of The Mentalist and the film Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.

Around 2011, Diaz raised $1,400 from fans on Twitter and Facebook to finance a documentary about his upbringing in North Bergen, chronicling his life and how he was influenced by the various people who took care of him following his parents' death. Diaz pitched in $2,600 to complete it and by mid-2012, Where I Got My Balls From was produced with his podcast co-host and producer Lee Syatt as director, who shot six hours of footage in total. Diaz made the film in tribute to those who helped him.

In 2013, Diaz secured a role in Grudge Match where he is seen alongside Robert De Niro as his coach. Diaz took his fifth grade teacher to the premiere.

In Season 2 Episode 12 of Maron, Diaz guest starred as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.

In 2017, Diaz started work on a presentation based on one of his cats for Animal Planet.


After quitting comedy to become a car salesman in 2009, Diaz was introduced to comedian Felicia Michaels, who encouraged him to co-host a new comedy podcast, Beauty and Da Beast launched in August 2010. In one early episode, Diaz recalled a story about setting a prostitute's wig on fire when he was young. The weekend after it aired, more people were turning up at Diaz's stand-up shows. The podcast ended in November 2012 after 113 episodes.

On September 2, 2012, Diaz launched his own audio and video podcast, The Church of What's Happening Now. The podcast features co-host and producer Lee Syatt; as of July 2017, the podcast has over 500 episodes.

Personal life

In 1991, Diaz divorced from his first wife, during which he lost a relationship with their daughter. On November 25, 2009, Diaz married his second wife, Terrie Clark of Nashville, Tennessee. Together they have a daughter, Mercy.

In 2007, Diaz ended his longtime cocaine abuse, quitting after one of his cats sniffed the substance in one of his bags and died. He later said, "It has to do with your peace of mind. For some people, it takes 10 years to acquire ... It took me 30".


  • The Dog Who Saved Summer (2015) - Stewey McMann
  • Maron (2014) - Bobby Mendez
  • The Dog Who Saved Easter (2014) - Stewey McMann
  • Grudge Match (2013)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) - Sal (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
  • The Dog Who Saved The Hollidays (2012) - Stewey McMann
  • Kickin' It "We Are Family" (2012) TV Episode .... Meatball King (as Joey Coco Diaz)
  • The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011) - Stewey McMann
  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • My Dog's Christmas Miracle (2010) .... TSA Officer
  • Stonerville (video) (2011) .... Johnny Scarano
  • The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) - Stewey McMann
  • The Russian (video short) (2010) .... Frank
  • Stacy's Mom (video) (2010) .... Frankie the Teach (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
  • The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009)- Stewey McMann (as Joey Coco Diaz)
  • The Deported (2009) .... Sheriff
  • Redemption (film short) (2009) .... Ritchie
  • My Life at 26 (TV movie) (2008) .... Paxon
  • Boiler Maker (video) (2008) .... Enzo
  • Wizards of Waverly Place (TV series) (2008) "The Supernatural" .... Newsstand Guy (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
  • One Hogan Place (TV movie) (2008) .... Vinnie Books
  • The Dark Knight (2008) Special Features.... Restaurant owner
  • Frank TV (2007) "Ballpark Frank" (2007) .... Defendant
  • My Name Is Earl (2007) .... Joey the prisoner (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz) (3 Episodes)
  • "Our Other Cops Is On!: Part 1" (2007)
  • "Our Other Cops Is On!: Part 2" (2007)
  • "My Name Is Inmate #28301-016: Part 1" (2007)
  • White Pants (video short) (2007) .... Coach Larkin
  • Alive N' Kickin' (TV movie) (2007) .... Joey
  • Murder 101: College Can Be Murder (2007) .... Herbie Saxe
  • "Smiley Face" (2007) .... Security Guard
  • "My Life at 26' Shortoon" (video short) (2007) .... voice
  • Everybody hates Chris "Everybody Hates Promises" (2006) .... Restaurant owner
  • How I Met Your Mother "Where Were We?" (2006) .... Angry New Yorker
  • 18 Fingers of Death! (2006) .... Sammy Delassandro
  • A Fine Line (2006) .... Bruno Scalise
  • The Longest Yard (2005) .... Anthony "Big Tony" Cobianco
  • Accidentally on Purpose (film) (2005) .... Geraldo
  • Break a Leg (2005) .... Large Producer
  • Endings (2005)
  • The Mafia Type (2004) .... Big Al
  • Taxi (2004) .... Freddy (as Joey Coco Diaz)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004) .... Train Passenger (as Joey Coco Diaz)
  • Back by Midnight (2004) .... Jojo (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Criminal" (2004) .... Elijah Coney
  • Cold Case "Disco Inferno (2004) .... Ken Mazzacone (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
  • ER "The Greater Good" (2003).... Grocery Store Clerk
  • Karen Sisco "Dear Derwood..." (2003) .... Paulie
  • Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) .... Emmanuel's Entourage
  • "The Mezzos" (short) (2003) .... Joey Mezzo
  • Analyze That (2002).... Ducks
  • Another Bobby O'Hara Story (2002) .... Tommy Brando
  • NYPD Blue
  • "Death by Cycle" (2002) .... Manny Mankiewicz
  • "Women vs. Men" (2002) (TV) .... Goon
  • The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (2002)....Pizza Deliver Bodyguard (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
  • American Gun (2002) .... Gun Smuggler
  • You Got Nothin' (2002) .... Charlie
  • Back by Midnight (2002) .... Jojo
  • Mad TV (2001) .... "Big Pussy" in Sopranos parody
  • BASEketball (1998) .... Referee
  • Comedy releases

  • Socially Unacceptable (2016)
  • Savage Dad (2015)
  • You Can't Eat Pussy With Asthma (2013)
  • Testicle Testaments 5: Crimes Against Myself (2013)
  • Testicle Testaments 4: How I Got Into Comedy (2013)
  • The Blue Album (2013)
  • Testicle Testaments 3: The Person Who Made Me A Man (2012)
  • Testicle Testaments 2: Crime Stories (2012)
  • Testicle Testaments 1: The Worst & Best Day Of My Life (2012)
  • It's Either You or the Priest (2012)
  • Live at the 3 Clubs in Hollywood (2011)
  • Writer

  • 1st Amendment Stand Up (TV series) "Joey Diaz/Melanie Comarcho/Lavell Crawford" (2007) (writer)
  • BET's ComicView "ComicView: New Orleans Party Gras" (2000) (writer)
  • Self

  • Where I Got My Balls From (Documentary) (2012) .... Himself
  • Inside MMA "Episode #2.17" (2008) … Guest
  • The Payaso Comedy Slam (TV movie) (2007) .... Himself
  • 1st Amendment Stand Up (TV series) "Joey Diaz/Melanie Comarcho/Lavell Crawford" (2007) .... Himself - Comedian
  • Inside Joke (TV series) (2004) .... Himself
  • National Lampoon Live: New Faces
  • The History of Choking (documentary short) (2002) .... Himself
  • BET's Comicview "ComicView: New Orleans Party Gras" (2000) .... Himself - Comedian (as Coco)
  • References

    Joey Diaz Wikipedia