Margaret Cho
American stand-up comedian
Margaret Cho
Margaret Moran Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho, of Korean descent, is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. She has also directed and appeared in music videos and has her own clothing line.
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Celebrities React To Carrie Fisher's Untimely Death
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Tilda Swinton's Email To Margaret Cho Is Textbook White Feminism
Huffington Post - 2 months
In an email about her upcoming film role as a mystic Asian character, Tilda Swinton went ahead and unleashed her white feminism powers. Comedian Margaret Cho revealed last week that Swinton had emailed her back in March and asked Cho to speak on behalf of all Asians everywhere. The two had never talked before, but Swinton wanted Cho to supply a crib sheet explanation as to why Asians were upset that Swinton was cast as “The Ancient One,” a Tibetan sorcerer in the Marvel Comics-based movie “Doctor Strange.” Cho, who has been outspoken about a lack of Asian representation in the media, told Bobby Lee on his podcast “Tiger Belly” last week that the email made her feel like a “house Asian.” As a result, Swinton released the emails to Jezebel to let the Internet do what it does best: be the arbiter on race relations.  Swinton’s release of the emails has the appearance of perhaps wanting to abscond from the backlash in a scrupulous way. A cursory read through the exchange paints S ...
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Race, Hollywood and ‘Doctor Strange’: Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton, Annotated
NYTimes - 2 months
The back-and-forth email exchange between Ms. Swinton and Ms. Cho offers a rare look at how two actors navigate the freighted issue of race in Hollywood.
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Tilda Swinton Releases Email Exchange With Margaret Cho About Whitewashing In 'Doctor Strange'
Huffington Post - 2 months
Everyone in Hollywood has apparently learned a lesson from the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian Snapchat debacle of 2016: always keep your receipts. On Wednesday, comedian Margaret Cho revealed that Tilda Swinton reached out over email to discuss the controversy surrounding her casting as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange,” a character who is a Tibetan man in comic book canon. Swinton’s casting was immediately met with resistance from the Asian and Asian-American community, which has historically been erased and stereotyped on screen due to Hollywood selecting white actors to play roles intended for them. “Tilda eventually emailed me and she said that she didn’t understand why people were so mad about ‘Doctor Strange’ and she wanted to talk about it, and wanted to get my take on why all the Asian people were mad,” Cho told actor Bobby Lee on his podcast TigerBelly. “It was so weird.” Cho and Swinton evidently had a “long discussion” about whitewashing in the film industry, which ...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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One Toke Over the Line: <i>Mary+Jane</i> Aims to Kick Off the Age of the Weed Sitcom
Huffington Post - 6 months
Snoop Dogg producing MTV's Mary+Jane, a show about marijuana, is about as surprising as Bill Gates producing a show about bundling software. But where Bill has been getting uber-rich selling us computers for several decades, Snoop probably figures he's getting in on the dawn of a potentially hot-and-hip new television subject: weed. Mary+Jane, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET Monday, is a female buddy comedy about two L.A. millennials who run a marijuana delivery service. Except when that sounds sketchy, in which case they assure people they deliver "mostly legal prescription drugs." Jordan (Scout Durwood) (above right) is the whatever gal of the pair. She put the phrase "goes the extra mile" into their promos, which tells every client they are also available for sex. Paige (Jessica Rothe) (above left) doesn't think that's such a good idea, maybe because she just had a harsh breakup with her boyfriend. She then promptly sleeps with the next client. You see the comic sen ...
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Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.
Huffington Post - 9 months
When Constance Wu landed the part of Jessica Huang, the Chinese-American matriarch on the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” she didn’t realize just how significant the role would turn out to be. As she developed her part, Ms. Wu heard the same dismal fact repeated over and over again: It had been 20 years since a show featuring a predominantly Asian-American cast had aired on television. ABC’s previous offering, the 1994 Margaret Cho vehicle “All-American Girl,” was canceled after one season.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Margaret Cho talks "American Myth," Donald Trump, LGBT rights
CNN - 10 months
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This Famous Philadelphia Tradition Has An Extensive History Of Racism And Sexism
Huffington Post - about 1 year
After the champagne corks stopped popping, Philadelphia celebrated New Year’s Day with an annual tradition -- one that has a long association with racist and distasteful acts. This year, the Philadelphia Mummers Parade -- a yearly event with roots in 17th century European customs -- included a skit that shamed Caitlyn Jenner, marchers who wore brown face and the alleged assault of a gay man. Nearly 50 Black Lives Matter demonstrators protested the event. Two were arrested, according to Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate. The mostly white, male marchers dress in unusual costumes and put on skits for the parade, which has a carnival-like atmosphere. But hateful acts aren’t an anomaly at the event: Mummers marchers have consistently angered Philadelphia’s communities of color for years.  In the Mummers' early days in the 19th century, marchers impersonated and wore gear to mock many racial groups, one including a blackface “Jim Crow” who made regular appearances, as Susan G. Davis d ...
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Margaret Cho worked as a phone sex operator at age 15
Fox News - over 1 year
Before Margaret Cho launched a successful career in comedy, she taught grammar with a naughty twist.
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11 Famous Women Who Stand Up For Your Right To Orgasm
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When it comes to heterosexual sex, the orgasm gap is real and it is significant. Women are far less likely than men to say they orgasmed in their most recent sexual encounter, and the picture is especially bleak when it comes to casual hook-ups. The reasons behind the discrepancy are complex and wide-ranging, but there is no denying that living in a culture that has long associated women's sexual pleasure with shame and judgement bears a whole lot of the blame. Which is why, without getting too earnest about it, it is a big deal when well-known women publicly embrace their sexuality and insist on not settling for not getting-off -- no matter how long it takes, or how much instruction they have to provide. Here are 11 celebs who remind us all that a) orgasms are awesome, and b) women should feel way more empowered to get theirs. 1. Amy Schumer: "Don't be self-conscious," she told Glamour magazine. And "don't not have an orgasm."  2. Nicki Minaj: "I have a friend wh ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Margaret Cho
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In April 2016, Cho released her second album entitled 'American Myth'.
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  • 2015
    Cho referred to herself as "divorced" in an April 2015 profile in The New York Times, but actually filed for divorce in August 2015.
    More Details Hide Details As of 2009, Cho was living in Peachtree City, Georgia, as Drop Dead Diva was filmed in the Atlanta area. Cho is openly bisexual, and has stated that she has had "a lot of experience in the area of polyamory and alternative sexuality in general." Not all women comedians are dangerous; some are just very funny: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are too relatable, Joan Rivers was too firmly ensconced in the society that she mocked. Amy Schumer relies a little too much on the word "pussy" to be any kind of threat, though she would like very much to be a bad person. On the other hand,... Margaret Cho knows no boundaries and inspires palpable fear anytime she begins one of her riffs. In 1994, Skankin' Pickle released their album Sing Along With Skankin' Pickle which includes a song "It's Margaret Cho."
  • 2014
    They were separated in September 2014 and Cho confirmed their separation in December.
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    In 2014, she participated in Do I Sound Gay?, a documentary film directed and produced by David Thorpe.
    More Details Hide Details The film is about stereotypes of gay men's speech patterns.
  • 2013
    Cho embarked on her "Mother" tour in the fall of 2013 and slated it for engagements in Europe in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The title of the tour refers not to Cho's impressions of her own mother, but to Cho herself. It is her nickname for the figure she has played to her many gay friends over the years.
  • 2011
    In 2011, Cho sang the Bob Mould song "Your Favorite Thing" at the tribute concert See A Little Light with Grant-Lee Phillips.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Clayton James Cubitt created a video series entitled Hysterical Literature. Shot clinically in black and white, each film shows a fully dressed woman reading a passage from a book of her choice while brought to orgasm by a vibrator controlled by an unseen assistant under the table. Some of the series features "friends and industry comrades" including Cho. Since January 2013, Cho has been the co-host of the weekly podcast Monsters of Talk along with Jim Short.
  • 2010
    In September 2010, Cho competed in the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Louis van Amstel.
    More Details Hide Details She was the third star to be eliminated, on week three of the show, landing her in 10th place. The online human rights awareness project America 2049 had Margaret appear as one of the main characters, whose videos were played as part of the main storyline. The Facebook-interfaced game uses a fictional, fractioned future in order to highlight today's social inequities.
    The album was nominated for a 2010 Grammy award for Best Comedy Album.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011 Showtime released a stand-up comedy special, titled Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent, which featured musical performances from the album. In May 2010, Cho directed, and appeared in, the music video for "I Wanna Be a Bear," a song by "Pixie Herculon," a pseudonym of Jill Sobule. In July 2014, Cho appeared in the "Weird Al" Yankovic music video "Tacky."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    She next appeared in the supporting cast of the series Drop Dead Diva, which debuted in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2011, Cho guest starred on the comedy 30 Rock in the episode "Everything Sunny All the Time Always." She impersonated Kim Jong-Il, then the leader of North Korea, that required her to speak both Korean and English. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She later returned to impersonate Kim Jong-Il's son, Kim Jong-Un. In 2010, Cho was a contestant on the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars.
    In April 2009, Cho was photographed by photographer Austin Young and appeared in a Bettie Page–inspired "Heaven Bound" art show.
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  • 2008
    In September 2008, Cho released her single, "I Cho Am a Woman," on iTunes.
    More Details Hide Details The song, produced by Desmond Child, was featured on her VH1 series. Throughout 2010, she worked on a full-length album, going through the titles "Guitarded" and "Banjovi" before finally settling on Cho Dependent. The album was released on August 24, 2010. It was supported by music videos for "I'm Sorry," "Eat Shit and Die," and "My Lil' Wayne;" Liam Kyle Sullivan directed the first two.
    After same-sex marriage became legal in California in May 2008, Cho was deputized by the City of San Francisco to perform marriages there.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Cho founded a clothing line with friend and fashion designer Ava Stander called High Class Cho. The company eventually went defunct. In 2004, Cho took up bellydancing and in 2006 started her own line of bellydancing belts and accessories called Hip Wear; these she sold through her website. She also had extensive tattooing done to cover the majority of her back. She co-wrote and starred in a sitcom pilot based around the "Mommy" character of her stand-up, but it was not picked up. She began releasing comedic rap animated videos on her website under the moniker "M.C. M.C." (MC Margaret Cho) including the tracks "Finger" and "Roofies." In November 2006, Cho joined the board of Good Vibrations, a sex toy retailer. With fellow comedian Diana Yanez, she co-wrote "My Puss", a rap song which they recorded as the duo of "Maureen and Angela." Cho appeared in and directed the music video for the song. In December 2006, Cho appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel's miniseries The Lost Room as Suzie Kang.
    The episode featuring Cho aired on June 26, 2008.
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    The premiere performance of Cho's "Beautiful" tour was on February 28, 2008, in Sydney, Australia as part of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Cho was also the Chief of Parade for the festival's annual parade along Oxford Street on March 1. During her stay in Sydney, Cho was filmed shopping for parade outfits in a drag store with Kathy Griffin and Cyndi Lauper for Griffin's Bravo series My Life on the D-List.
    On January 25, 2008, Cho officially gave her support to Barack Obama for the nomination on the Democratic ticket for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details After Republican Presidential candidate John McCain announced his running-mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, Cho said of Palin, "I think Palin is the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11."
  • 2007
    On August 10, 2007 the San Francisco Chronicle reviewed the show, Cho's work, key events in her personal life and characterized the show thus: "In fact, as bawdy and bad-behaving as the cast gets, the whole show feels more like a crazy family reunion than a performance."
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    Cho launched "The Sensuous Woman," a burlesque-style variety show tour, in Los Angeles on August 10, 2007, with tour dates scheduled through November 3, as of October 10.
    More Details Hide Details Scheduled tour stops meant to follow Los Angeles were Chicago, Illinois and New York City.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Cho started promoting and touring with her new show, Assassin.
    More Details Hide Details The show became her fourth live concert film and premiered on the gay and lesbian premium cable network Here! TV in September 2005. In this DVD, she notably includes herself when talking about gays, saying "we" and "our community."
  • 2004
    When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom directed that San Francisco's city hall issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco in 2004 (until reversed by the state supreme court), Cho started Love is Love is Love, a website promoting the legalization of gay marriage in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Cho's material often features commentary on politics and contemporary American culture. She has also been outspoken about her dislike of former President George W. Bush. She began to draw intense fire from conservatives over her fiercely anti-Bush commentary; a live performance in Houston, Texas was threatened with picketing. Although protesters never showed up, she held a counter protest outside the club until security told her she had to go inside. In 2004, Cho was performing at a corporate event in a hotel when, after ten minutes, her microphone was cut off and a band was instructed to begin playing. Cho claims that this was because the manager of the hotel was offended by anti-Bush administration comments. Cho's payment, which was issued by way of check directly to a non-profit organization, a defense fund for the West Memphis Three, initially bounced but was eventually honored.
    The next year, Cho made another stand-up film, Revolution, which was released in 2004.
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    On Valentine's Day of 2004, Cho spoke at the Marriage Equality Rally at the California State Capitol.
    More Details Hide Details Her speech can be seen in the documentary Freedom to Marry. In the 1997 film Face/Off starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, Cho played the role of Wanda, one of the fellow FBI agents of Travolta's primary character. Cho appeared in an episode of the HBO comedy Sex and the City's fourth season. The episode, titled "The Real Me," first aired on June 3, 2001, and also guest-starred Heidi Klum. In 2002, the show Notorious C.H.O. (the title was derived from slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G.) dealt with the comedian having been reared in 1970s San Francisco and her bisexuality.
    In late 2004, Cho began work on her first self-written film in which she starred.
    More Details Hide Details Bam Bam and Celeste, a low-budget comedy about a "fag hag" and her gay best friend, co-starred Cho's friend and co-touring act Bruce Daniels. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005.
  • 2003
    Cho married Al Ridenour, an artist involved in the production of Cacophony Society and the Art of Bleeding, in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Cho was featured in an Art of Bleeding performance in March 2006. She described her marriage as "very conventional and conservative, I think. I mean we're such weird people that people just can't imagine that we would have a conventional marriage. But, yeah, we are very conventional."
  • 2000
    At the same time, Cho wrote and published an autobiographical book with the same title, and the show itself was filmed and released as a concert film in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Her material dealt with her difficulties breaking into show business because of her ethnicity and weight and her resulting struggle with and triumph over body image issues and drug and alcohol addiction. In 2005, Cho released her second book, I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight, a compilation of essays and prose about global politics, human rights, and other topical issues. Cho launched a national book tour in support of the collection. An audio reading of the book was also released. A DVD of a live taping of her Assassin tour was released in conjunction with the book.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Though her career and personal life were challenging after the cancellation of the show, Cho eventually sobered up, refocused her energy, and developed new material. In 1999, she wrote about her struggles with the show in her first one-woman show, I'm the One That I Want.
    More Details Hide Details That year, I'm the One That I Want won New York magazine's Performance of the Year award and was named one of the Great Performances of the year by Entertainment Weekly.
  • 1995
    After the show's 1995 cancellation, Cho became addicted to drugs and alcohol.
    More Details Hide Details As detailed in her 2002 autobiography, I'm the One That I Want, in 1995, her substance abuse was evident during a performance in Monroe, Louisiana, where she was booed off the stage by 800 college students after going on the stage drunk. Cho hosted the New Year's Rockin' Eve 95 show with Steve Harvey. Cho and her family and friends appeared in an episode of NBC's series Celebrity Family Feud, which premiered on June 24, 2008. Later that summer, Cho appeared in her own semi-scripted reality sitcom for VH1, The Cho Show, which premiered on August 21, 2008 and lasted one season.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Cho won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, on The View, she discussed her nervousness about doing The Golden Palace and thanked the late Rue McClanahan for her help with rehearsing. She also secured a coveted spot as opening act for Jerry Seinfeld; at this approximate time, she was featured on a Bob Hope special, and was also a frequent visitor to The Arsenio Hall Show. That same year, ABC developed and aired a sitcom based on Cho's stand-up routine. The show, titled All-American Girl, was initially promoted as the first show prominently featuring an East Asian family, although the short lived sitcom Mr. T and Tina, which had starred Noriyuki "Pat" Morita as Mr. T., preceded it by nearly two decades. Cho has expressed subsequent regret for much of what transpired during the production of the show, specifically: The show was canceled after suffering from poor ratings and the effect of major content changes over the course of its single season (19 episodes).
  • 1992
    In 1992, she appeared on the unsuccessful Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace in a small role.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Posters for Assassin featured Cho in paratrooper gear and holding a microphone in the style of an automatic rifle, a reference to the infamous 1974 photo of heiress Patty Hearst.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Born on December 5, 1968.
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