Cho 'Nuff

Mike Gorman

He lives in Nashville, raises cattle, and once worked as a hay farmer. He married a woman from Alabama and named his boys Jackson and Grant. He says heck a lot and speaks with a raging Southern accent, but his roots are far from the Land of Cotton. His parents emigrated from Korea.

Comedian Henry Cho (no relation to Margaret) is the funniest kimchee-eating, pitchfork-wielding person to ever tour with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. He's never "cussed" on stage, and he steers clear of derogatory jokes. For instance, "It's not funny that my dad mispronounces r's and l's. It is funny, however, if my dad thinks quiche is quickie, which is what happened at a restaurant."

At shows, Cho's more likely to charm you with stories than pummel you with one-liners. About his parents, Cho told, "My dad is your basic two-doctorate, 11-patents kind of dad. Nowadays, my parents would be going to Harvard, but back then, their reward was to go to Warren Wilson Junior College in North Carolina. My father ended up working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which is just outside of Knoxville. Most of the scientists lived outside of Oak Ridge, since living next to nuclear reactors and labs where they attempt to split atoms isn't the smartest thing to do."


Comedian Henry Cho

Sunday, December 19, with Amy Grant and Vince Gill at the Office Depot Center, 1 Panthers Pkwy., Sunrise.

Tickets cost $26 to $76.50. Call 954-523-3309, or visit

When Cho told his dad that he wasn't going to join the ranks of the family's 16 doctors, "the most difficult thing was also having to explain what a standup comic actually does. I told him, 'You know they tell jokes, like on Johnny Carson.' He replied, 'You're on Johnny Carson?' I said no, and he responded, 'Didn't think so; you're wasting your time and also mine. '" All was forgiven, however, after Cho started making money -- by appearing on everything from the Arsenio Hall Show to MTV. When he comes to town Sunday, leave the egg rolls at home. Bring the man a steak. -- Deirdra Funcheon

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