December 30, 1961 |
Henry Cho (born December 30, 1961 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American stand-up comedian. His work can be heard nationwide several times weekly on XM Radio's Channel 151, Laugh USA and Sirius Radio's Blue Collar Radio channel 103, Pandora Radio's PG Comedy Radio channel.
Cho, who is of Korean American descent, was born and raised in Knoxville and went into stand-up comedy in 1986. He attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1989 to pursue his career, but always with the intent of returning to his roots in Tennessee.
Cho often uses his childhood experiences as an Asian American in the South in his comedy. "I'm an Asian with a Southern accent," remarks Cho, "To a lot of people, that right there is funny." He frequently makes remarks about the church he attends, but not in a mocking way.
Cho appeared on many television shows in the late-1980s and early-1990s, including " The Arsenio Hall Show," Bob Hope's Young Comedians Special, MTV's 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour and VH-1's Stand-Up Spotlight. His other TV credits include guest roles on various sitcoms such as Designing Women, Lenny, The New WKRP in Cincinnati and a starring role in the TV movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation. In 1994, after he moved back to Tennessee, Cho got a call from NBC to host a revamped version of Friday Night Videos titled Friday Night. He commuted to L.A. weekly for two years. Most recently, he has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." He was also the keynote speaker for the 59th Annual Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner. Henry Cho recently earned his nickname, "Mr. Clean" for his always-clean comedy.
He has appeared in three feature films. In 1997, he starred opposite Tom Arnold and David Alan Grier in McHale's Navy. In 2001, he appeared in the Farrelly Brothers' movie Say It Isn't So with Heather Graham and Chris Klein. Most recently, in 2006, he appeared in Material Girls starring Hilary and Haylie Duff.
During the holiday seasons of 2003 and 2004, Cho toured around the U.S. with Amy Grant & Vince Gill, appearing live during the couple's show as a featured comedian on Grant and Gill's "Simply Christmas" tours.
In 2006, he had his own Comedy Central special entitled Henry Cho: What's That Clickin' Noise? in which Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy were special guest voices in the opening scene.
In 2007, he signed a deal with Touchstone Pictures and American Broadcasting Company to write, produce, and star in a television situation comedy series centered around Korean-Americans living in the South. In 2009 he inked a deal with CBS/Paramount to write, produce and star in another sitcom with Craig Ferguson as executive producer. In 2011 Henry will have a special/pilot "The Henry Cho Show" on GAC, Great American Country. 
- Designing Women (guest starring) (1989)
- Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation (1992)
- Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit (1994)
- McHale's Navy (1997)
- Say It Isn't So (2001)
- Material Girls (2006)
- What's That Clickin' Noise? (Warner Brothers/Comedy Central)
- Nguyen, Joe (2010-03-17). "Comedian Henry Cho comes to Comedy Works in Denver". AsiaXpress.com. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
- "Henry Cho Bio | The Grable Group"
- Official Website
- Henry Cho at the Internet Movie Database
- Comedy's Southern Squire
- Henry Cho interview with AsiaXpress.com