On the Scene
SHAKA X 2:
Comedian Jo Koy, right, struck a pose with Allen Palos before taking the stage to open a two-nighter at the Wave Waikiki April 13. Koy, who is Caucasian-Filipino, kept ethnic humor to a minimum and entertained the crowd with a hot mix of mainstream comedy and inspired improvisation. He bemoaned the lack of a "wonder brief" for men, explained why watching porn films can be a bad idea, and had the crowd roaring with his comments about staying at a certain Waikiki hotel. Koy's comments about his experiences as the father of a young child were true-to-life comedy as well. Lest there be any misunderstandings, Koy explained that "We aren't making a 'gang sign' -- it's a double shaka!"
HE'S AN "X" MAN:
Nito Larioza is home for some local food and a short vacation after spending six months as part of the fight team for "X-Men 3." Larioza was movement fight choreographer for The Beast (aka "the blue guy," played by Kelsey Grammar) and worked with the film's second unit director Simone Crane and stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood in creating some of the elaborate combat scenes.
HE'S "THE FRIENDLY SAMOAN":
Jordan Savusa, center, was congratulated by Jose Dynomite, left, and Gene DeFrancis on his performance opening for Jo Koy at the Wave. Savusa, who works with Dynomite and DeFrancis at the rRed Elephant on Tuesdays, joked with the crowd about being called "the friendly Samoan."
Jo Koy got a hug from Krissie Kellogg, left, and her sister, Meagan Kellogg, after the show. Koy did a superb job of improvising with whatever the audience gave him to work with, and the two sisters gave him some great material.
A GREAT READ:
Robert Mann, left, deputy scientific director of the Central Identification Laboratory, talked cases with forensic anthropology student Jeff Fong while signing copies of his book, "Forensic Detective," at Borders Ward Center April 8. Mann's book is a fascinating account of his experiences solving murders and identifying human remains.