Vietnamese Comic Minh Beo Sentenced in Sex Crimes Case

This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Garden Grove, Calif., Police Department shows Minh Quang Hong, known as Minh Beo, a popular Vietnamese comedian. Photo: Associated Press

WESTMINSTER, California — Vietnamese comedian Minh Beo has been sentenced to 18 months in state prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in California.


Orange County prosecutors said Friday the 38-year-old must also register as a sex offender.

The comedian, whose real name is Minh Quang Hong, pleaded guilty in August to oral copulation of a minor and attempting to commit a lewd act on a child under the age of 14. The second charge stemmed from a meeting he arranged with a police officer posing as a 13-year-old boy.

He is known in Vietnam as Minh Beo, meaning “Fat Minh.” He has been popular in stage, TV and movie comic roles and has his own theater in Ho Chi Minh City.