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Henry Cho


Jul 30, 2017 – 8:00 PM

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**LAUGHS & DRAFTS COMEDY SERIES**Craft beer pitchers and domestic bottle bucket specials at every comedy show, PLUS every ticket buyer receives a free Fordham & Dominion brewery tour!Henrys TV credits include appearances on NBCs The Tonight Show, CBSs The Late, Late, Show, and NBCs Young Comedians Special. He served two years as host of NBCs Friday Night Videos and had many guest roles on various network sitcoms. Henry was co-creator, co-producer and co-writer of The Henry Cho Show on GAC.Henrys one hour Comedy Central Special, Whats That Clickin Noise? is currently running and he can also be heard daily on Sirrus, XM and Blue Collar Radio. Hes also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Some of Henrys film credits include Universals McHales Navy with Tom Arnold and David Allen Greer; Say It Isnt So with Heather Graham and Sally Field; and Material Girls with Hilary Duff and Angelica Houston produced by Madonna.Henry was the keynote entertainer for The 59th Annual Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner and has worked extensively with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood and many, others. Henrys clean comedy is so versatile that he can headline Vegas and then tour with Michael W. Smith in the same month.Henry is currently in pre-production for the Indy film Saving Faith in which he will be part of the cast and also co-produce. The film begins shooting end of April. Henry is also in high demand by corporations due to the fact he is bankable and his show is clean. He has performed for hundreds of companies.
Henry Cho: My name is Henry Cho. I’m full-blooded Korean. I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee… so I’m South Korean.

“I got’em right there—right out of the box,” beams comedian Henry Cho. “That’s a joke no one else can do. That’s the whole key.” Fact is, Cho’s background has enriched him with a repertoire of funny stories no one else can do.

From the start of his career, Cho was determined to be more than just an Asian comic. “I wanted to be a comic—period,” he asserts. And to that end, he has developed routines that work as well at the dinner table as they do at comedy clubs.

On July 14, Cho will distill his real-life experiences into a one-hour special for Comedy Central. It’s called Henry Cho: What’s That Clickin’ Noise? It’s a show, he vows, that the whole family can enjoy. Safely. “I haven’t cursed on stage in 20 years,” he proclaims. “Not once. There’s never been a need. I could do my show in a church. The stories are funny, but the language is clean.”

In the process of perfecting his act, Cho has had some notable—and riotously funny—mentors, among them Steve Allen, Jerry Seinfeld and Gary Shandling. In essence, they all gave him this same bit of advice: “You’ve got the best comedy hook outside of Rodney Dangerfield. So don’t get too far away from it.”

“I’ll do some Asian jokes up front,” Cho explains, “just to get past the obvious. Then I move on—maybe throw in another one in the middle—and then I close with a story about my dad and me going to Korea, which, by the way, is true.”

I don’t speak Korean, not one word at all and that’s kind of weird for me because Korean people would just walk up to me and start talking . . . and I’m like, “How ya’ll doin’?”

Cho is doing just fine. In fact, he’s become one the most successful standup comics touring today. His shows regularly sell out throughout the country. At the outset, though, his career choice shocked his family, particularly his dad.

“My dad has two doctorates,” says Cho, “and I was supposed to be a doctor like everybody else in my family. So when I told him what I wanted to do, it didn’t go over really well . . . It didn’t go well at all. He didn’t say anything about it for about 18 months, then one day when I dropped by the house to visit he followed me out to my motorcycle, which he never did, and finally told me to stick with it, that I was really good. Man, I knew that killed him to say that, but it made me bulletproof. Now the only thing that could stop me was me.”

Cho notes that he got into comedy on a whim. In a move that completely surprised his buddies, he signed up for an “open mic” competition that was being taped in Knoxville for a Showtime special. “I watched the first five guys go up,” he recalls, “and then I told my buddies, ‘I’m gonna go up, try not to embarrass myself, and then we’re out of here.’ But I just destroyed the crowd. I got a standing ovation.”

That memorable triumph took place on a Monday night in early 1986. When Cho walked off the stage, the owner of the Funny Bone Comedy Clubs offered him a spot hosting the show for the rest of that week. By Friday, he had decided to drop out of college. A few months later, he was booked for his first nationwide tour, a six-week baptism by fire. “I’ve been doing it ever since,” he says..

It was tough getting married. I was a bachelor a long time. I was a bachelor my entire life before I got married.

“My standup has always been a direct reflection of my life,” Cho explains. “When I was single, I talked about single stuff. I talked about dating. When I got married there were only a handful of stories I could move over to where I wasn’t going to be disrespectful to my wife. So I developed a new routine.” It was a comic windfall that his wife’s family lives in Arab, Alabama. And now Cho and his wife have three kids to add stories to the mix.

For years, Cho’s friends and fans urged him to record a comedy album. But he was always apprehensive about doing it. “I want people to see my show,” he says, “not just listen to it.” However, when it became evident that his Comedy Central routine would be ideal for a CD and a DVD, he relented. Both these spinoffs will also be called Henry Cho: What’s That Clickin’ Noise?” And, yes, there is a funny story behind the title.

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