Joey "Coco" Diaz was born in Cuba, and raised in North Bergen, New Jersey. He lost his single mother at age 15, and was taken in by a series of North Bergen families, but frequent run-ins with the law, including his involvement in fights, kept him moving among a total of four families. Diaz says a total of 20 Italian and Irish families attempted to assist him, such as local funeral home owner Anthony Vanieri. Diaz explains that their sense of humor greatly influenced his own career, which had its earliest beginnings as a student in North Bergen High School. Diaz lives in Los Angeles, but still keeps in touch with his loved ones in North Bergen, whom he regards as his family. Coco is now a stand-up comedian and actor known for his recurring role as Joey on the TV series My Name is Earl, as well as in movies such as The Longest Yard and Taxi. Diaz is also a frequent guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and currently co-hosts a weekly podcast with Felicia Michaels named Beauty and Da Beast.