Just like a sculptor flayed from marble, Adversity also has a way of shrinking us and transforming us into who we are and who we are becoming. Joey Diaz lost his mother as a teenager and it drove him to recklessness, but his time in prison led him to discover a talent he has, acting, which made him a better man.
He grew up listening to stories in his mother’s book.bar and was fascinated by the art of storytelling. This young lad is said to have grown to win over many fans with his talent and skill in the same art, albeit on a stand-up platform. He had also learned very early on to justify everything in his head with acting as an only child. His name is Jose Antonio Diaz, but he is better known as Joey Diaz, a Cuban-American comedian, actor and podcaster.
Joey Diaz Bio – Age
Joey was born on February 19, 1963 in Havana, Cuba and is also known by his nicknames, Mad Flavor, and CoCo. His father died when he was three and he moved to New York, but moved to North Bergen, New Jersey with his mother in the 1970s. He attended McKinley School and graduated in 1982 at North Bergen High School.
His eyes have been in the arts since his early days and he won performing arts awards in school. He was raised Catholic and stories about Francis of Assisi and Saint Michael interested him greatly. Twelve years after the loss of his father, his mother was found dead on the floor of their home at the age of 15, rendering him an orphan.
This unfortunate event left him under the protection of foster families who took him in at different times in his life. He became reckless and experimented with drugs, struggled and indulged in crimes. This way of life made his stay with these families short-lived and he lived with up to four families, including an Italian family.
He credits up to 20 people who cared for him through the early years of being an orphan and helped him through adversity. Until today, he still maintains a relationship with them. One of them is his elementary school teacher who took him to the premiere of The Grudge Match.
When he turned 19, he left New Jersey for Colorado but would return later in 1984 to celebrate his birthday and stay for 18 months. He, however, called that return a mistake and the darkest 18 months of his life as his drug addiction escalated. Joey then returned to Colorado after this time and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He dropped out of school stating he was not enjoying his time there and was arrested for kidnapping and robbery in 1988. This would lead to him spending fourteen months in prison. During his incarceration, he discovered his talent for comedy and performed in front of his fellow prisoners.
It took him three years to fully embrace stand-up. He performed his first routine in 1991 at the Comedy Works in Denver during a show headlined by Matt Woods. Coco also participated in comedy competitions where he was either in the lead or in the top ten. And he’s been doing comedy ever since, whether in stand-up comedy or on his own audio and video podcast, The Church of What’s Happening Now, which he launched on September 2, 2012.
His influences include the albums of Richard Pryor, dubbed the Picasso of comedy by Jerry Seinfeld, and he appears regularly on The Joe Regan Experience.
Joey’s career in comedy revealed this and earned him a place in the theater arena. He had roles in TV series NYPD Blue, My Name is Earl, Law & Order and in movies like The Longest Yard, Taxi, Spider-Man 2, which was his first major feature film, Reluctant Match and The Dog Who Saved Christmas
He can now be described as a huge success, having gone from a troubled child to a life coach who has developed a cult following. Joey ended his longtime cocaine abuse in 2007 after his cats died of ingesting the substance from one of his bags. About his break, he said it had to do with peace of mind. It took some people 10 years to acquire it, but 30 long years.
Diaz mother, wife and daughter
His mother’s name may not be known but she was a huge influence on his life during his lifetime. She ran a successful bar and gambling operation. During his teenage years, Joey came home late from a Halloween party and his mother got mad at him and slapped him. She apologized the next morning, however, and explained that what she did to him was because she wanted him to become a man. As if setting him up for her demise, she died a week later. And Joey became the man his mother wanted him to be.
CoCo was married twice but the name of his first wife is not known. They had a daughter but divorced in 1991. However, following their split, he lost a relationship with their daughter. Divorce and the loss of contact with their daughter motivated him when he entered comedy in 1991. He decided to stand up so he could come back and make her proud.
Although he succeeded, they did not get back together. On November 25, 2009, he became a husband for a second time to his second wife, Terrie Clark, from Nashville, Tennessee. They had their first child, a daughter, Mercy in 2013.
Her height and weight loss
Mad Flavor is known for being tall during his show business debut. However, he looks slimmer and seems to have lost weight. He appeared in the TV movie, The Dog That Saved Christmas in 2009 and he weighed 390 pounds at the time of filming. But at the end of 2009, Joey Diaz weighed almost 100 kg less than 295 pounds. A big transformation, you would say. Its height is 1.78m (5′ 10″).
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Joey Diaz Net worth
Joey Diaz worked as a doorman and car salesman, but is currently booming as a sought-after comedian and actor. Her years of dedication to her course are really paying off. He has earned an estimated net worth of $500,000.