By Laura Voytko
Appalachian Theater of the High Country (ATHC) to welcome Asian-American actor Henri cho for an evening of comedy and laughter on Saturday 23 October. The Appalachian native has been a regular performer on stage at the Grand Ole Opry and will be making his ATHC debut in Boone as part of his tour of the Southeast. His distinctive style of “edgy, but clean” humor thrills viewers of all ages.
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, a Mecca of Appalachian culture, this region holds a special place for Cho. Kicking off his career at a Monday night competition at a Knoxville comedy club, Cho received an overwhelmingly positive reception from his unique brand of humor. Three decades later, this performer made his mark in the world of comedy.
Cho’s TV credits include hosting NBC’s “Friday Night Videos” and comedic appearances on the iconic Tonight’s show and The Late, Late, Show. He also co-wrote, co-produced and co-created “The Henry Cho Show,” featured on Great American Comedy (GAC). His one hour special on Comedy Central in 2006, “What is that clicking noise?” Is currently available to stream on AppleTV and Spotify. Cho’s hilarious thoughts can be heard regularly on Sirius XM’s Blue Collar Radio and Pandora Radio’s PG Comedy Radio Channel. Notable movie credits include “McHale’s Navy,” “Say It Isn’t So,” and “Material Girls” from Universal, alongside Hillary Duff and Angelica Huston.
After serving as the main host of the 59th Annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner, Cho received national recognition for his acting skills. He has worked a lot alongside actors such as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, etc. He was also revered as one of the few known Asian artists to frequent the Grand Ole Opry stage, sharing his unique perspective as a South-raised Asian-American on all levels: “I am an Asian. with a southern accent. For a lot of people that right is funny, ”Cho said.
Born to Korean parents who made their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Henry Cho takes pride in his upbringing, according to an interview with Gold Sea Magazine, a publication dedicated to sharing Asian-American accomplishments: “I love the fact that I was born and raised in Tennessee. It defines me as a guy. Despite his unique background, Henry Cho made a point of avoiding two things in his acting career: adult language and the centering of his material around race. “I always wanted people to leave my show saying that I was funny, not that I was funny, but all I did was that theme… I never swore on stage. ALREADY! It’s me, it’s who I am and if that helps or hurts I don’t care, as long as I can stay in my skin. I’m fine.”
This fresh and authentic perspective as a performer is informed not only by not wanting to be defined by a singular characteristic, but also by the faith of Henry Cho. As a Christian, clean comedy is important to Mr. Cho. He co-produced and starred in Indy’s film, “Saving Faith,” released by Lions Gate in 2018. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film by the International Christian Film Festival. Following this nomination, Cho appeared in Hallmark’s, “The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland” (2020), as well as in the television series “Double Occupancy”.
Henry Cho’s own comedy is so versatile that he can make Vegas headlines and then film with Michael W. Smith. The ATHC invites the general public to join in the fun of this comic performance on Saturday 24 October. Tickets are available online through the theater’s contactless ticketing system at www.apptheatre.org.
The Théâtre des Appalaches is firmly committed to the safety and well-being of its community and in particular members of its audience, and will continue to follow the advice of health officials and government in the development and implementation. COVID related policies that can be found on the event. Web page. For more information on this event and COVID policies, or to join the theatre’s eblast roster, obtain tickets, or purchase memberships, please visit the ACTH website at www.apptheatre.org.