“Mr. Clean” is coming to town. I’m not talking about the muscular, genie-like man in white who likes to mop floors. I’m talking about Henry “Mr. Clean” Cho, the stand-up comedian who always uses family-friendly, PG-rated comedy. He says his wife’s family in Arab, Ala. gives him plenty of material just sitting around the Thanksgiving table. His parents who immigrated from Korea 64 years ago are also a source as well as is his surprising southern accent. “I’m an Asian with a Southern accent. That right there is funny,” says Cho. But his clean comedy is rooted in his faith. He’s been a church-going Christian since he was 16, but it wasn’t until he met his future wife Amy at a Christmas party that he began to truly walk with the Lord.
Cho arranges his priorities with faith first, family second, and career third, which serve as the basis for all his professional decisions. “I’ve turned down many TV and film roles due to the projects being too irreverent.” It may have limited his exposure and bank account, but he believes that if he trusts God in everything he does, then his family and career will be rewarded. His latest major undertaking affirms that belief. Cho co-produced and acted in the faith-based film, “Saving Faith” which has gained momentum since its release in February and garnered three International Christian Film Festival nominations, including Best Lead Actor (Donny Richmond), Best Lead Actress (Jenn Gotzon) and Best Supporting Actor (Henry Cho). Winners will be announced this month and a film sequel is already in the works.
Stand-up comedy remains Cho’s primary career passion and he considers it his natural gift. Plus, he jokes, “I don’t have to answer to anyone! I’ve made a living for over 30 years just telling jokes and no one is happier than me.” His “Funny but Clean Comedy tour” will be at the Stardome in Hoover May 11-13 and then it’s on to Las Vegas. While in Birmingham, Cho hopes to play golf “every day possible” with some of his Birmingham buddies at his favorite courses- Shoal Creek and the Birmingham Country Club.
Author of Confronting Cancer with Faith