April 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Beginning with her early days in Southern California, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a taboo topic, there are literally no subjects off limits. Her socially aware, no-holds-barred brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader and a tolerant teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.
An accomplished performer in all formats, Margaret has conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. Having been nominated for three Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award, her comedy tours are a constant sell-out both here and abroad. She’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (I’m The One That I Want and The Sensuous Woman) and her last stand-up, psyCHO, was filmed at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
The film and DVD releases of Margaret’s comedy shows have broken records, with I’m The One That I Want still holding the title for ‘Most Money Grossed Per Print’ for an independent film. Her other releases, which Cho fans collect and swap with zeal, include Notorious C.H.O (2001), Assassin (2005), (2003), Beautiful (2009) and Cho Dependent (2011) and psyCHO (2015). Since 1999, Margaret has been responsible for the distribution and sales of all her content via her own Clownery label.
Margaret has made an indelible mark in television as well, starting in 1994 with the network comedy All American Girl, followed by one of the first “reality sitcoms,” The Cho Show on VH1, six seasons on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva and one season of TLC’s late night show, All About SEX. This year Margaret is a special guest host on E!’s Fashion Police, covering the 2016 award shows, and she is currently developing “Highland,” an hour long dramedy for Amazon about a woman who, after completing a court-0rdered rehab, gets a chance to start over by moving in with her (dysfunctional) family who run a pot dispensary.
And then there’s the music career; encouraged by the acclaim her Grammy nominated (and self released) Cho Dependent record received, Margaret, who took both vocal and music lessons to make sure she could keep up with all lauded performers on the album, was enthusiastic to begin working on fresh music. American Myth, the follow up to Cho Dependent, is the first collection of new music from Margaret in 6 years. She has already debuted three music videos: “Ron’s Got a DUI”, “Fat Pussy” and the controversial “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist”. Salon magazine called the song “A new anthem” and UK’s The Guardian reminded anyone who was offended that “Cho is famed for her boldness, her taboo-breaking humour.” Margaret spoke to Billboard about the song saying, “I’m a victim, and now a survivor, of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it. It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me.”
American Myth, set for an April 29th release, was made with her longtime collaborator Garrison Starr, and showcases Margaret’s first efforts as a composer. Margaret says the album is “my glamorous and glittering tribute to family, comedy, anger, fame, gayness, grief, fat pride, love and hate.”
With so much success in her artistic life, Margaret has never turned away from the causes that are important to her. She is incredibly active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, advocating for the homeless and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication over the years with many accolades and awards. From her activism to her music to her stand up, Margaret is honest, forthright, passionate, uproarious, raucous, bold and unyielding: Margaret Cho is at her very best.