Thalian Hall presents Comedian Henry Cho
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Hilarious and family friendly, Henry Cho takes gentle aim and goes right for the funny bone. Fortunately for Wilmington audiences, he will be on the Thalian Hall Main Stage Thursday, March 8th at 7:30pm. Though he is of Korean descent, Mr. Cho was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. As he is fond of pointing out, “What’s wrong with that picture?”
Actually, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, his unique upbringing and drawl when he speaks, acts as a springboard for some wonderful story telling. Cho often uses his childhood experiences as an Asian-American growing up in the South in his comedy.
At one point, Mr. Cho moved to Los Angeles for a time to pursue his career. 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."
Cho got into comedy on a whim. One Monday night in 1986, 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."
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.
"My stand-up 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?
Tickets for the comedian who’s earned the nickname, “Mr. Clean,” are on sale now. You can pick them up in person at the Thalian Hall Box office at 310 Chestnut Street, by calling 910 643-2285, or, go online: thalianhall.org.