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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Cabaret Star Vows To Make America 'Gay Again' With New Album, Tour
Huffington Post - 8 months
For Tori Scott, no song reflects her thoughts on America’s divided political climate more than Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” “It’s about trying to come to terms with what’s happening and keep on moving forward. It symbolizes, I think, the moment right now,” the singer, actress and comedian told HuffPost. “We have to keep moving and getting through all of this bullsh*t.” Scott featured the song in her New York cabaret performances this spring, which have been captured for posterity on her new album, “Tori Scott: Plan B! Live at Joe’s Pub.” HuffPost got an exclusive first listen to “The Show Must Go On,” and it’s safe to say Freddie Mercury would be proud of Scott’s take on his 1991 hit. Listen to “The Show Must Go On” below.  The album, which also features songs made famous by Annie Lennox, Kings of Leon and Madonna, is quintessential Scott, whose mix of diva-esque belting and raunchy jokes have garnered her a loyal gay following. She emerged on the New ...
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Celebrities Call For Compassion After Trump's Missile Strike On Syria
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Celebrities React To Carrie Fisher's Untimely Death
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Tilda Swinton's Email To Margaret Cho Is Textbook White Feminism
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 ...
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Race, Hollywood and ‘Doctor Strange’: Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton, Annotated
NYTimes - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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, whic...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 ...
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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 - over 1 year
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 se...
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Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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This Famous Philadelphia Tradition Has An Extensive History Of Racism And Sexism
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 ...
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Margaret Cho worked as a phone sex operator at age 15
Fox News - over 2 years
Before Margaret Cho launched a successful career in comedy, she taught grammar with a naughty twist.
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In April 2016, Cho released her second album entitled 'American Myth'.
  • 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.
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  • 2014
    They were separated in September 2014 and Cho confirmed their separation in December.
    In 2014, she participated in Do I Sound Gay?, a documentary film directed and produced by David Thorpe.
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  • 2013
    Cho embarked on her "Mother" tour in the fall of 2013 and slated it for engagements in Europe in 2014.
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  • 2011
    In 2011, Cho sang the Bob Mould song "Your Favorite Thing" at the tribute concert See A Little Light with Grant-Lee Phillips.
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  • 2010
    In September 2010, Cho competed in the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Louis van Amstel.
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    The album was nominated for a 2010 Grammy award for Best Comedy Album.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    She next appeared in the supporting cast of the series Drop Dead Diva, which debuted in July 2009.
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    In April 2009, Cho was photographed by photographer Austin Young and appeared in a Bettie Page–inspired "Heaven Bound" art show.
  • 2008
    In September 2008, Cho released her single, "I Cho Am a Woman," on iTunes.
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    After same-sex marriage became legal in California in May 2008, Cho was deputized by the City of San Francisco to perform marriages there.
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    The episode featuring Cho aired on June 26, 2008.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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."
    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.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, Cho started promoting and touring with her new show, Assassin.
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  • 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.
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    The next year, Cho made another stand-up film, Revolution, which was released in 2004.
    On Valentine's Day of 2004, Cho spoke at the Marriage Equality Rally at the California State Capitol.
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    In late 2004, Cho began work on her first self-written film in which she starred.
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  • 2003
    Cho married Al Ridenour, an artist involved in the production of Cacophony Society and the Art of Bleeding, in 2003.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1995
    After the show's 1995 cancellation, Cho became addicted to drugs and alcohol.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Cho won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian.
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  • 1992
    In 1992, she appeared on the unsuccessful Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace in a small role.
  • 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.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Born on December 5, 1968.
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