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Margaret Cho bio
Margaret Cho born Moran Cho (December 5, 1968) is an U.S. comedian, fashion designer, author and actress. Cho is known for her stage performances, recordings, and concert movies. Her shows are a mixture of her comedy stylings with strong political and social commentary. Apart from these shows she has also directed and appeared in music videos and started her own clothing line. She has frequently supported gay rights and identifies herself as bisexual and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts.
Cho’s stage name is "Margaret." Cho is not fluent in Korean, but does understand some simple conversation.
Cho once dated Quentin Tarantino (who appeared on an episode of her sitcom), Chris Isaak and Garrett Wang. Cho has also spoken about her relationships with women. Cho has also described herself as a, "fag hag," "queer," because she has homosexual tastes and a homosexual view and is—her own word—"slutty." Cho married Al Ridenour, an artist involved in the production of Cacophony Society and the Art of Bleeding, in 2003. Margaret was featured in an Art of Bleeding performance in March 2006.
Cho began getting major tattoo work done in 2006 and has become an enthusiast; as of March 2007 she estimates that 15-20% of herself is currently tattooed. She was interviewed by comedian Dawn French in her television program Girls Who Do Comedy, which profiled thirty female comedians.
All American Girl
That same year, ABC developed and aired a sitcom based on Cho's stand-up routine. The show, All American Girl, was initially feted as the first show where an East Asian family was prominently featured.
Cho has expressed subsequent regret for much of what transpired during the production of the episodes of the show.
* After network executives criticized her appearance and the roundness of her face, Cho starved herself for several weeks; her rapid weight loss, done to modify her appearance by the time the pilot episode was filmed, caused serious kidney failure.
* The show suffered criticism from within the U.S. East Asian community over its perception of stereotyping. Producers told Cho at different times during production that she was "too Asian" and, that she was "not Asian enough". At one point during the course of the show, producers hired a coach to teach Cho how to "be more Asian"
* Much of the humor was broad, and at times, stereotypical portrayals of her close Korean relatives and homosexual book-shop customers.
The show was quickly canceled after suffering from poor ratings, and the effect of major content changes over the course of its single season.
Following the show's 1995 cancellation, Cho became addicted to drugs including alcohol. As detailed in her 2002 autobiography, I'm the One That I Want, in 1995, her substance abuse so degraded a performance in Monroe, Louisiana, that she was booed off the stage by 800 college students.
I'm the One That I Want
Cho's career and personal life were challenged after the cancellation of the show, but Cho eventually sobered, 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. Cho then released her book of the same name, and the show was filmed and released as a concert film in 2000. Her material dealt with her difficulties breaking into show business due to her ethnicity and weight, and her resulting struggle with and triumph over body image issues and drug and alcohol addiction.
Shows, films, books
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 supermodel Heidi Klum.
In 2002, the show Notorious CHO (the title derived from slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G.) dealt with her having been raised in 1970s San Francisco and her own bisexuality.
In 2003, she made another stand-up film, Revolution, released in 2004.
Cho doing stand-up in June 2005
Cho doing stand-up in June 2005
In late 2004, Cho began work on her first self-written and starring film role. The movie is called, Bam Bam and Celeste, and is a low-budget comedy about a "fag hag" and her gay best friend. The film co-stars Cho's friend and co-touring act Bruce Daniels. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, in 2005.
In 2005, Cho started promoting and touring with her new show, Assassin. 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." Posters for, Assassin, feature Cho in paratrooper gear holding a microphone in the style of an automatic rifle, a reference to the infamous 1974 photo of heiress Patty Hearst.
Also 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 the Assassin tour was released in conjunction with the book.
Cho launched "The Sensuous Woman" burlesque style variety show tour in Los Angeles, California on August 10, 2007 with tour dates scheduled through November 3, as of October 10. Past and scheduled tour stops after Los Angeles are Chicago, Illinois and New York, New York. On August 10, 2007 the San Francisco Chronicle reviewed the show, Cho's work, key events in her personal life and characterized the show as, "In fact, as bawdy and bad-behaving as the cast gets, the whole show feels more like a crazy family reunion than a performance."
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. 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 reality series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. The episode featuring Cho aired on June 26, 2008.
After same-sex marriage became legal in California in May 2008, Cho was deputized by the City of San Francisco to perform marriages there.
Cho is set to have her own reality show The Cho Show, which will air on VH1. It is expected to begin airing from August 21, 2008. Cho and her family and friends will also appear in an episode of NBC's new series Celebrity Family Feud which premieres on June 24, 2008.
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2008
In: Margaret Cho, Famous Female Comedians, Ethnic Comedians, Korean American
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