Henry Cho brings comedy back to the State Theater

Comedian Henry Cho performs Saturday at The State Theater in Elizabethtown.

The State Theater brings humor back to the stage Saturday with comedian Henry Cho.

Cho has a long career in comedy and appeared on shows such as “The Tonight Show” and “Friday Night Videos.” He also appeared in films such as “McHale’s Navy,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Material Girls.”

In the early 2000s, Cho also toured with Amy Grant and Vince Gill.

State Theater operations manager Beth Pyles said it’s been a while since a comedian has performed at The State Theater.

“We are excited to welcome Henry and we have another comedian, James Gregory, performing Aug. 20,” she said. “We all need some laughter in our lives, especially after this past year.”

She said it’s good that things are returning to normal at the theater, as well.

“We have been busy with sum­mer movies and just hosted a princess tea,” she said. “Our calendar is full and we have lots of exciting events coming up and it is so nice to have folks back in our building.”

Cho is known for performing clean comedy.

“I like to think of my show as a great hang,” he said. “Like if you came over for dinner, we’d sit around and talk and one story told would trigger another and another.”

He said his show, including his opening jokes, are clever and clean comedy.

“You can bring your 8-year-old child to hear me,” he said. “They probably won’t get all the jokes, as I’m more cerebral than an 8-year-old, barely.”

When pandemic restrictions opened up venues, Cho was excited to be back on stage.

“I’ve been doing stand-up for over 35 years and it’s all I’ve done, so it was crazy to be home for over a year and getting back out has been amazing,” he said. “It helps when folks show up, but I will be showing up on stage regardless.”

Cho said that quarantine during the pandemic allowed for a small amount of new comedy material, but it was a fine line to balance because so many have died, including some of his friends.

“As far as other material, it wasn’t simple for me as I work out material on stage and that was taken away from me,” he said.

When Cho looks back on his career there are some highlights, including meeting and hanging out with comedy legends Bob Hope and Don Rickles.

“As a stand up, doing ‘The Tonight Show’ is always a great highlight and performing in great venues like the Lincoln Center in New York City,” he said. “Performing at the White House correspondent’s dinner, a who’s who of comedians, is an honor to be on that list.”

Cho said Hardin County residents should come out and laugh for a couple of hours at his show.

“It’s a proven fact that laughter is the best medicine,” he said.

The show is at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $38.50 to $52.50 plus transaction fees and can be purchased at thestate270.org or by calling the box office at 270-234-8258.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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