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Crowds donít know what to think when Henry Cho starts talkingÖa full blooded Korean with a deep East Tennessee drawl? Yes, itís true and he is one of the fastest rising young comedians in the industry! Henry Cho registers with audiences from coast to coast with his audio-visual twist and stir-fried homespun material.
Making the most of who Henry is has not been a problem. "I'm an Asian with a southern accent," remarks Cho. "To a lot of people, that right there is funny."
Cho, who is Korean American, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and went into stand-up comedy in 1986 with the goal of getting into films. He moved to southern California in 1989 to pursue his career, but always with the intent of returning to his roots in Tennessee. "I planned to live in L.A. until I reached a level I was comfortable with and then get out of there," comments Cho.
In 1994, after he moved to a farm in Tennessee, Cho got the call from NBC to host NBC's "Friday Night Videos" which he did by commuting to L.A. weekly for two years. While in L.A., he became a regular guest/comedian on such shows as "The Tonight Show" and "The Arsenio Hall Show."
His other TV credits include guest roles on various sitcoms such as CBS' "Designing Women," "Lenny," "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" and a starring role in FOX's TV movie, "Revenge of The Nerd II: The Next Generation." Cho's many other comedy credits include NBC's "Bob Hope's Young Comedians Special," MTV's "1/2 Hour Comedy Hour" and VH-1's "Stand-up Spotlight."
The move back to his home state definitely did not hurt Henry Cho's career. Along with getting the "Friday Night Video" gig he has done two feature films and an independent. He starred opposite Tom Arnold and David Allen Grier in Universal's "McHale's Navy" and is in the Farrelly brothers' movie "Say It Isn't So" with Sally Field, Heather Graham and Chris Klein.
For now, when he is not with his family or engaged in his off-duty passion of golf, Henry Cho chooses his jobs at his leisure. "Only a project I'm passionate about will make me move back to L.A.," remarks Cho. "I'd love to do a sit-com, had a couple chances a few years ago but couldn't agree on the content. I'm not doing a stereotype Asian guy, period. Films work well for two reasons, one, I love doing them, and, two, I can live where I want."
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