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‘Asian with a Southern accent’ comedian Henry Cho announced as a keynote speaker for RootsTech 2024

Cho, who has also earned the moniker ‘Mr. Clean,’ is the second keynote speaker announced by the family history conference scheduled for Feb. 29-March 2

Comedian Henry Cho will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2024 on Feb. 29, FamilySearch announced Monday, Jan. 8, in a blog post.

He joins a lineup that includes fellow keynote speaker Lynne M. Jackson, a descendent of Dred and Harriet Scott. RootsTech is a three-day global family history conference scheduled for Feb. 29-March 2 in Salt Lake City and virtually at RootsTech.org.

“We are delighted to have Henry Cho as our keynote speaker for RootsTech 2024,” said RootsTech Director Jen Allen in a news release. “His comedic talent and ability to connect with audiences align perfectly with the spirit of RootsTech. We believe attendees will not only be entertained by Cho’s keynote address but will also be inspired by the stories he shares.”

‘Asian with a Southern accent’ and ‘Mr. Clean’

Cho, who calls himself “an Asian with a Southern accent,” was born to Korean parents in Knoxville, Tennessee. His comedy credits include “The Tonight Show”; “The Late, Late, Show”; and a one-hour Comedy Central special “What’s That Clickin’ Noise?”, on Netflix. He was also recently inducted as the 229th member and first Asian-American member of the Grand Ole Opry, an honor that hasn’t been extended to a comedian since 1973. Cho is currently developing a sitcom based on his life as an Asian man with Southern roots.

Notably, he’s accomplished all of this while earning the moniker “Mr. Clean” within the comedic stand-up industry.

“Cho has gained a reputation [for making] audiences roll with laughter without compromising his desire to only use wholesome comedy. ... His ability to draw humor from his cultural background, upbringing and life experiences has endeared him to audiences across the country,” FamilySearch wrote in its blog post.

Cho and his wife, Amy, have been married for nearly 25 years. They live in Tennessee with their three children.

How to register for RootsTech 2024

RootsTech 2024 will feature hundreds of classes, sessions, exhibitors and other activities to help attendees discover more about their family heritage. This year’s theme is “Remember.”

The online event is free, and other pricing options are available at RootsTech.org.

Registration for RootsTech 2024 opened on Sept. 18. Learn more and register at RootsTech.org.

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