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Henry Cho
Born (1961-12-30) December 30, 1961 (age 62)
Years active1986–present

Henry Cho (born December 30, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian. His work can be heard nationwide several times weekly on SiriusXM Radio's Channel 98, Laugh USA, Sirius Radio's Jeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup Channel 97, and Pandora Radio's PG Comedy Radio Channel. Cho is one of the only Asian-American acts to appear regularly on the Grand Ole Opry and on January 6, 2023, he became the first Asian-American invited to become a member of the Opry.


Born of Korean descent, Cho was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and entered standup comedy in 1986. [1] He attended West High School, the 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," he said. "To a lot of people, that right there is funny." [1]

In interviews, Cho has said he is a practicing Christian. [2]


Cho appeared on many television shows in the late 1980s and early 90s, including The Arsenio Hall Show, Bob Hope's Young Comedians Special, MTV's 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour, VH-1's Stand-Up Spotlight, and A&E's An Evening at the Improv. His other TV credits include guest roles on 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. For two years, he commuted to Los Angeles weekly. More recently he 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. Cho is well-known as a "clean" comedian, forgoing profanity and objectionable material, [3] and has sometimes been called "Mr. Clean". [4]

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. In 2006, he appeared in Material Girls starring Hilary and Haylie Duff.

During the holiday seasons of 2003 and 2004, Cho toured the U.S. with Amy Grant and Vince Gill, appearing live during the couple's show.

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 ABC to write, produce and star in a television situation comedy series centered on Korean-Americans living in the South. In 2009, he signed a deal with CBS/Paramount to write, produce and star in another sitcom with Craig Ferguson as executive producer. In 2011, Cho had a special/pilot "The Henry Cho Show" on Great American Country (GAC). [5]




  1. ^ a b Nguyen, Joe (March 17, 2010). "Comedian Henry Cho comes to Comedy Works in Denver". Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  2. ^ Cho, Henry. "Henry Cho Interview Series #3" (Interview). Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2017-08-16 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Palmer, Erica (August 8, 2014). "Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, other comedians find that 'clean' works for them". Deseret News. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  4. ^ Belcher, Josh (November 18, 2013). "Henry Cho – Christian Man – Mr. Clean of Comedy!". Rocking God's House. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  5. ^ Cure, Sarah (September 8, 2011). "Knoxville native, comedian Henry Cho's new show to air tonight on Great American Country channel". Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  6. ^ Jeffries, David. "Henry Cho". AllMusic. Biography. Retrieved 2017-08-16.

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