Get ready to laugh. American stand-up comedian Henry Cho is coming back to South Jackson Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

Cho is a well-known “clean” comedian, forgoing profanity and objectionable material in his acts. He has sometimes been referred to as “Mr. Clean.”

Henry Cho

Henry Cho

“I made career choices that fit what I wanted to do; I could have had a couple of television shows, but they were going to be derogatory, ‘takey-no-shirty’ Asian shows, and I wasn’t going to do that,” he said in an interview with The Daily Times.

Cho’s work can be heard throughout the week on XM Radio’s Channel 151, Laugh USA, Sirius Radio’s Blue Collar Radio Channel 103 and Pandora Radio’s PG Comedy Radio Channel. He is also notable for being one of the only Asian acts to appear regularly at the Grand Ole Opry.

Cho is of Korean descent and was born and raised in Knoxville. His stand-up comedy career began in 1986. He attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career but always had intentions on returning to his Tennessee roots. Cho often uses his childhood experiences as an Asian American in the South in his comedic acts. “I’m an Asian with a Southern accent. To a lot of people, that right there is funny,” Cho said.

Cho has been featured on many television shows including “The Arsenio Hall Show”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

He has appeared in the feature films “Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation” in 1992, “Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit” in 1994,“McHale’s Navy” in 1997, “Say It Isn’t So” in 2001 and “Material Girls” in 2006.

In 2006, he had his own Comedy Central special entitled “Henry Cho: What’s That Clickin’ Noise?” that is currently running on Netflix. 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 2011, Cho had a special “The Henry Cho Show” on Great American Country (GAC).

According to his Facebook page, Henry filmed the Faith-based Indy film “Saving Faith” in which he co-starred and co-produced, released by Lions Gate. Henry has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film by the International Christian Film Festival. Henry recently completed filming a Hallmark movie “The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland". He'll start shooting a TV pilot, "Double Occupancy" early July and also the film, "Cheyenne". He's working on his own project with Triple Horse Studios the guys behind "Case for Christ".

For more information about tickets, call 455-5321, visit South Jackson’s Facebook Page “South Jackson Civic Center” or www.southjackson.org. Tickets are $20 in advance.

Katelyn Lawson may be reached at klawson@tullahomanews.com.

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