When they returned home from LDS missions in the Philippines, five BYU students began making humorous videos in the Cebuano language to celebrate Filipino culture. The family-friendly "Hey Joe Show" quickly became a viral video sensation and turned five "average Joes" into celebrities in Cebu.
The Hey Joe Show members Connor Peck, Sumner Mahaffey, Tylan Glines, Jacob Mingus, and Davis Blount, are instantly recognized in the Philippines where they routinely pose for selfies and draw crowds. Hey Joe Show has more than 800,000 Facebook followers and more than 50 million video views. Thousands of smiling (and screaming) fans showed up for their 2015 and 2016 Filipino tours. Mingus says they have been thrilled by the reaction. “We have been able to bring joy and happiness to the people that we love so much.”
Making fun videos and music in Cebuano has been a part of a "secret life" for these BYU students, who are not recognized as famous in the U.S. As three group members have now graduated from BYU and are moving to different cities, the Hey Joe Show may not produce many videos in the future but the connection to the Philippines is a permanent part of their lives.
Video produced by BYU University Communications
Additional footage by the Hey Joe Show and Fat Boy Productions
"My Morena Girl" (written by Jude Gitamondoc and Therese Villarante and performed by the Hey Joe Show) is available on iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hey-joe-show/id1199655896) and Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/track/1ZVtBCjGpGmTLWyDn9AFc6)
See the official music video from Fat Boy Productions https://youtu.be/rMePbAhBOd8
See: HeyJoeShow.com for links to videos and social media
For more about the Hey Joe Show story, see this profile in BYU Magazine https://magazine.byu.edu/article/not-your-average-joes/