n Asian guy with a good-ol'-boy twang is, well, funny, no questions asked. Fortunately, Knoxville native Henry Cho is in the business of getting laughs. Cho's rise to becoming America's most successful Asian male standup comic began at the age of 21 when he lucked into a slot in a New York comedy competition. He and a college buddy sketched out some material while driving to the club. The number of busted guts and bodies rolling into the aisles impressed the club enough to book Cho for two days later. That fast start in 1986 kicked off a blazing career that has landed him on countless national comedy shows, as both guest and host, as well as in a half-dozen movie roles.
The happily married father of two has also distinguished himself by avoiding adult language and not keeping his material centered around race. The resulting package is wholesome and all-American, with an irresistable twist. It has found favor with the country-club/VIP circuit, as well as in mass-market venues, making Henry Cho -- now almost two decades into his career -- a prosperous family man and a bi-coastal bull-breeding Southern squire who divides his time between the L.A. area and Tennessee.