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Margaret's Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fkXGUXtnb0


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Click here to see Margaret in Weird Al's new "Tacky" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq7Eki5EZ8o

2014 PRESS RELEASES

 

2014 PRESS & REVIEWS

48 Hills

Broadway.com

Bust magazine

Cosmopolitan

The Daily Cardinal

The Daily Cardinal (2)

Deadline

DoLA.com

Echo magazine

Entertainment Weekly

Fast Company

Frontiers magazine

Frontiers LA

Hollywood Reporter

The InterroBang

The InterroBang

Korean Journal

MSN

NBC Bay Area Blog

News & Observer

The News Tribune

Out

People

Perez Hilton

The Province

San Antonio Current

San Antonio Express News

San Diego Gay Lesbian News

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle (2)

SF Weekly

Tacoma Weekly

Time magazine

Time.com

Today Show

TV Media Insights

TV Week

VanCouver Sun

Victoria Times Colonist


 

2013 PRESS RELEASES

January

July 13

May 13

 

2013 PRESS & REVIEWS

24 Hours

60X80 Mag

Access Atlanta

All Voices

All Voices (2)

Arizona Daily Star

ArtVoice

Asia Society

Asian Avenue magazine

Ask Miss A

Atlantic City Insider

Atlantic City Weekly

Austin Woman magazine

Backbeat Seattle

The Backlot

The Backlot (2)

Baltimore Gay Life

Bay Area Reporter

Bitch Flicks

Buffalo News

BuzzFeed

Buzz Jacksonville

Carolina Style magazine

CBS San Francisco

Chicago Pride

Chicago-Sun Times

Chicago Tribune

City Arts

The Current/St. Louis

Daily Life - Australia

The Daily Nebraskan

Dallas Voice

Dead Chicks Are Cool

DFW Live

Digital Journal

Download.com

Echo Magazine

Edge Boston

Entertain Me

Entertain Me (2)

Equality 365

EU Jacksonville

Examiner

Exberliner

Finnbay Helsinki

Flagpole magazine

The Florida Agenda

Focus Daily News

Folio

Frontiers magazine

Frontiers magazine (2)

Gay News Network - Australia

Gay San Diego

GLAM magazine

Globe and Mail

Good Times Weekly Santa Cruz

The Hartford Courant

Hollywood Take

Homotropolis Denmark

Huffington Post

Huffington Post (2)

Huffington Post (3)

Huffington Post (4)

Huffington Post (5)

Huffinton Post Warholian

Icon Vs Icon

Indie Minded

Inside Out Hawaii

Inside STL

Kaltblut Magazine - Germany

JaneDough.com

L Style G Style

LadyGunn Magazine

Laist.com

Las Vegas Examiner

Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas Sun

Laughspin

LGBT Weekly San Diego

Life of a Rock Star

Lincoln Journal Star

The Local - Germany

The Local - Sweden

Los Angeles Magazine

The Maui News

Maui Now

Metrosource

Metro Weekly

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Mountaineer

Musoscribe

Nashville Scene

NBC Bay Area

New Times Miami-Part 1

New Times Miami-Part 2

New York Daily News

New York Daily News (2)

Northwest Indiana Times

OC Weekly

On Tap Magazine

The Oregonian

Out and About Nashville

Out and About Nashville (2)

OutFront Colorado

Palm Beach Post

Parade Magazine

PBLCTY

Phenomonelle De Germany

Phoenix New Times

PQ Monthly

PQ Monthly (2)

Vanessa L Pinto blog

The Poetry Question

PollStar

Proud Denmark

Q On Stage

Queer De Germany

Queer The Air

Queerty

Rage Monthly San Diego

Reel Life With Jane

Rumor Fix

Rumor Fix (2)

SacTown Magazine

The Salt Lake Tribune

Samesame - Australia

Samesame - Australia

San Diego Downtown News

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego Union Tribune (2)

San Francisco Foghorn

San Luis Obsipo New Times

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Scenestr.

Seattle Gay News

Seattle Gay News (2)

Seattle Gay News (3)

Seattle Gay News (4)

Seattle Times

SF Weekly

Shambala Sun
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South Florida Gay News

Sparks magazine

Spartanburg Herald

Star Pulse

Straight

Street Roots

Submerge Magazine

Time Out Melbourne

Time Out Sydney

UInterview

US Weekly

UT Horn - Austin

Vancouver Examiner

Vancouver Examiner (part 2)

Vanyaland

The Vital Voice

Vita.mn

Washington Blade

Williamette Week

Wisconsin Gazette

The Wrap

The West Australian

Windy City Times

Winq Amsterdam

XO Jane

Xtra
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2012 CHO BIO

2012 PRESS RELEASES

May, 2012


 

2012 Press & Reviews

94.7 The Wave

ABC On The Red Carpet

The Advocate

After Elton

The Age - Melbourne

Alexandria Town Talk

Asbury Park Press

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Magazine

BattleRoyaleWith Cheese

Bay Windows / Boston

Biography.com

Bust magazine

Buzz Feed

Buzz Feed (2)

CBS

Celebrity Magnet

Celebuzz

Celebuzz (2)

Celebuzz (3)

Central Jersey

Charlotte Observer

City Weekly Utah

CNN HLN

CN Traveler

Comediva

Comediva (2)

The Cornell Daily Sun

Creative Loafing

Concord Monitor

Curve Magazine

Cville

The Daily Beacon

The Daily News
PDF

The Daily Progress

The Daily Record

DLNQNT.com

Entertain Me

FlipSide

Gay Life - Baltimore

Gay Salt Lake

Gay UK
PDF

Go Beachcomber

Georgia Straight

Georgia Voice

Gold Derby

Hello Giggles

Hippo Press

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter (2)

Huffington Post

Huffington Post (2)

Huffington Post (3)

Icon Vs. Icon

Inked magazine

Insite Atlanta

The Insider

Japan Cinema

Jersey Arts

Jezebel

Jigsaw magazine

Just Out

Knoxville News Sentinel

Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas Sun

Leo Weekly

Life Is Awesome

Media Mikes

Meow Magazine

Modwomen

More magazine

MSN

Nashville Scene

NBC News.com

The News Herald

The News Journal - Delaware

NEXT magazine

Niner Times

NY Daily News

OMG - Yahoo!

Open Beast

Out & About

Parade magazine

Patriot News

Philadelphia Examiner

Philadelphia Gay News

Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Plain Dealer

Portland Mercury

The Portland Press Herald

Salt Lake Magazine

Salt Lake City Tribune

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Severna Park Voice

Shreveport Times

Shulman Says

SFist

Societe Perrier

St. Louis Dispatch

St. Louis Today

Suite 101

Sun Journal

Time Out Australia

TNT magazine

The Town Talk

TV Fanatic

Twitchy.com

UAB Kaleidoscope

Vancouver Sun

Vegas Examiner

The Vital Voice

Washington Blade

Week Sauce

The West Australian

What's On Vegas

When Sally Met Sally (review)

When Sally met Sally (interview)

Windy City Times

York Dispatch

Zap2it


Margaret on 30 Rock


2011 Press Releases

Cho Dependent DVD 2011


2011 Press & Reviews

The Arts Desk

Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Big Think

The Big Think (2)

BlogHer

Broadway World

Bust magazine

Buzzine TV

Cherrie magazine

Chicago Tribune - Redeye

CNN.com
video link

CNN.com (2)
video link

CNN Newsroom
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Comedy Central

Crave Online

Crikey - Australian Podcast

Diva magazine

Echo magazine

Edge On The Net

Edinburgh Is Funny

Edinburgh Festival Guise

Ernie Manouse
video link

Etremag

Fanbolt

The Fight magazine

Food Republic

Frontiers magazine

Gay Nerds

GaySan Diego

Georgia Voice

Grand Rapids Press

Grand Rapids Press (2)

The Guardian

The Guardian/Edinburgh

The Herald/Scotland

Honolulu Weekly

Huffington Post

Huffington Post (2)

Huffington Post (3)

ImaGuetenbed.com

Insite Atlanta

International Examiner

Korean Beacon

KTLA

LGBT Weekly

Life & Dog magazine

Matty Blog

Metro News

Miss Music Nerd

The News Tribune

Nine to Five/Sydney

Nug magazine

OC Weekly

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Xpress

Out.com

Pink News

Playbill

PMc magazine

Project Q Atlanta

Remedy Jam Outburst

Remotegoat

Renees Rock Reviews

Rolling Stone

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (2)

San Diego Union Tribune

Scotsman.com

Seattle Gay News

The Skinny

Slapstick magazine

SplitSider

Star Magazine

Star Observer/Sydney

Star Observer/Australia

The Star Scoop

Stiletto Woman
PDF

STV

Sun-Herald Scotland

Sydney Morning Herald

Three Weeks

TV Guide

USA Today

The Weekly Volcano

Westminster News

Womens Media Center

XO Jane

Xtra.ca

Yahoo spotlight


PRESS ARCHIVES


 

MARGARET CHO SET TO FILM HER NEW STAND UP COMEDY SPECIAL IN NEW YORK CITY – MARCH 7


PRE-SALE TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12


CHO READIES 2015 TOUR DATES


MARGARET CONTINUES HER BUSKING EFFORTS FOR THE HOMELESS IN HONOR OF THE LATE ROBIN WILLIAMS

 

 

Los Angeles, CA – December, 11 2014 - Three time Grammy and Emmy nominee, comedian Margaret Cho has announced she will make her return to New York City in March to film her brand new Stand Up Comedy Special at The Gramercy Theater. These shows in the Big Apple will be her first in over 2 years.

Margaret has been criss-crossing the country with brand new material over the last several months and said: I'm so thrilled to announce that I will be filming my new special at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on March 7th (additional show on March 6 will not be filmed) and I want you to come! This is my most exciting show to date and I can't wait to share it with you. This show is all about the insanity in the world – it’s called “there’s no “I” in Team, but there is a “Cho” in Psycho.” I've been saving NYC just for this, so please join me for this party. It's going to be legendary!

Pre-sale starts on Friday, December 12th at 10:00 A.M. EST until Saturday, December 13 at 10:00 P.M. EST and the password is Moran. The general public on-sale will begin Monday, December 15 at 12:00 noon EST.

Direct links to order tickets are here:
3/6 - http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004D8ACEC05DCD
3/7 Early - http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004D8AD4CE63E6
3/7 Late- http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004D8AD82A65D6

VIP tickets will also be available and include a Meet & Greet and picture with Margaret after the show. Show info is posted on http://www.margaretcho.com/

Margaret has toured all over the world and Bust magazine attended her show in Paris saying: “Ms. Cho put on a hysterically funny 90-minute set. It was the most explicit and painfully honest performance I’ve ever seen from her giving it 100%.”

Recently, Margaret has been living in her hometown of San Francisco and giving back to the homeless community in honor of the late Robin Williams. Margaret was so inspired by Robin’s activism that she has decided to get out on the streets herself in his honor for the work he did throughout his life with Comic Relief. “I found that I could not stop grieving Robin Williams and I spoke to my friend Michael Pritchard, who is a mutual friend of mine and Robin's and he said, "Don't grieve Robin, be Robin". So this is what I thought I should do. I should go and make a little Comic Relief, a little baby one. And I encourage anyone to do this in their town.”

KRON 4 News interview: http://news.kron4.com/features/video-margaret-cho-says-homelessness-in-san-francisco-is-no-laughing-matter/

AOL: http://on.aol.com/video/margret-cho-talks-robin-williams-and-how-he-inspired-her-to-help-the-homeless-518540147?icid=bottom_related_thumb_3

Dubbed the #BeRobin campaign, you can follow Margaret on Twitter for event announcements @margaretcho. Margaret will continue her busking for the homeless 2 days a week in San Francisco until the end of the year.

More event info & donations: www.gofundme.com/berobin
#BeRobin Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cXYIF-Ozoo&list=PLIUvOXZ9sn4gS1jx5pXduCX0JfP9-Vkuh
Complete Press Info: http://kenphillipsgroup.com/cho.htm
Margaret Cho Official Website http://www.margaretcho.com/
Margaret Cho Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialmargaretcho
Margaret Cho Twitter: https://twitter.com/margaretcho/
Margaret Cho YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fkXGUXtnb0

2014 Tour dates
December – 2014:
December 26, 27 & 28 - San Jose Improv – San Jose, CA
December 31 - Metro with Bob Mould – Chicago, IL

2015 Tour dates
January 2015:
Wednesday, January 28 - Whistler Pride – Whistler, BC

February 2015
February 19, 20, 21 Sacramento Punchline – Sacramento, CA – 1 show on 2/19 and 2 shows nightly on 2/20 & 2/21
February 22-25 - Zanie’s - Nashville, TN
February 27 & 28 - Tampa Improv – Tampa, FL - 2 shows nightly


March 2015
March 1,2,3,4 - Philly Improv - Philadelphia, PA
March 6 & 7 - Gramercy Theater – 1 show on 3/6 and 2 shows on 3/7 (filming DVD special on 3/7)
March 19, 20, 21 - Stress Factory – New Brunswick, NJ - 1 show on 3/19 and 2 shows on 3/20 & 3/21


April 2015
April 9, 10, 11 – Charlotte Comedy Zone – Charlotte, NC - 1 show on 4/9 and 2 shows on 4/10 & 4/11

April 17 & 18 - Ontario Improv – Ontario, CA – 2 shows each night


For further information, interview opportunities, etc. with Margaret; please contact: Ken Phillips Publicity Group, Inc. at kppublicitygroup@gmail.com

SATURDAY NIGHT IS “ALL ABOUT SEX”



TLC’s new weekly late night talk show headlined by Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry tackles love, sex, and relationships

It’s 11pm on a Saturday night, and in bedrooms and bars across the country, many minds are starting to think about S-E-X. Starting January 10, TLC can guarantee you’ll get lucky with the network’s first-ever late-night talk show ALL ABOUT SEX. Featuring the wild, insightful, and relatable opinions and ideas of four incredibly different and accomplished women - Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry – the weekly series will take on the latest headlines, break down the “behind closed doors” conversations about sex and love, and connect with women via social media to answer question and dispel misconceptions about what could be considered America’s favorite pastime.

TLC has ordered six half-hour episodes, airing Saturdays at 11pm, following premieres of the network’s hit series SEX SENT ME TO THE ER.

Each week will bring a rotating selection of segments, including observations on the week’s craziest sex-related news, open conversations about love and marriage, taking viewer calls and social media inquiries regarding their relationship challenges, and helping demystify the kinds of questions that you’re too embarrassed to even Google yourself. Blending together their unique perspectives, diverse backgrounds, and a hell of a lot of humor, spending a half-hour with the women of ALL ABOUT SEX will be even better than some post-coitus cuddling.

About the hosts:

Margaret Cho: A bi-sexual, Margaret could be called “Queen of all Media,” conquering film, television, books and theatre, with an Emmy nomination, Grammy nominations, sold-out tours, and off-Broadway and TV shows under her belt. She is also passionate about, and widely recognized for, her charitable work with gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns.

Heather McDonald: A virgin until age 27, now a overscheduled mom of three, Heather is New York Times bestseller and Chelsea Lately favorite who doesn’t hold back on anything. Her many talents also include headlining several sold-out stand-up tours and as a collaborator and writer on several Wayans Brothers films.

Marissa Jaret Winokur: She’s a mom first, and maybe a wife second – she admits that she would rather eat popcorn at bedtime than have sex with her husband. Marissa is well known as a Tony Award winner for playing “Tracy Turnblad” in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, and as the fan-favorite on the hit ABC series Dancing With the Stars.

Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry: A premiere sex and relationship expert, based in Atlanta, GA with over 14 years of experience working with individuals and couples as a treatment provider and educator. Dr. Tiffanie's mission has been to help people create the love and intimacy that they want. She is a regular contributor to a variety of publications and television programs.

Viewers can join the conversation by Tweeting questions using the hashtag #AllAboutSexTLC.

ALL ABOUT SEX is produced by Relativity Television and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment for TLC.

 

 


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Music Videos from "Cho Dependent" Release 2010

 

"Baby, I'm With The Band" Video directed by Liam Sullivan. Video was filmed at Bonnaroo and features Conan O'Brien, Reggie Watts, Doug Benson, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, OK Go, The Gossip, The Punch Brothers, Brendan Bensonand GWAR - among others
http://vimeo.com/32143561

 

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"Asian Adjacent"

Laughspin says: Margaret Cho is more than a comedian. She’s a force. She proves it time and time again. With each live performance, with each album release, television role and video, she keeps pushing the boundaries of what is considered mainstream entertainment.

Click here to watch "Asian Adjacent": http://vimeo.com/31270345

Cho Dependent CD info click here

 

 

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Check out Margaret's latest videos from her Grammy nominated "Cho Dependent" CD release here:

"I"m Sorry" featuring Andrew Bird:
http://vimeo.com/13196649

"Lice" featuring Ben Lee:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lr60hKsf3M

 

"Eat Shit and Die" featuring Grant Lee Phillips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P01oCgnhbsQ

"Intervention" featuring Tegan & Sara:
http://vimeo.com/17378004

"Captain Cameltoe" featuring Ani DiFranco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mk87YnYi9Y

"Hey Big Dog" featuring Fiona Apple:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkysAgxuY9c

"My Puss" :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10i17NNujDE&feature=relmfu

 

 

BIO (super short)

An accomplished performer in all formats, Margaret Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. She has three Grammy Award and one Emmy nomination under her belt, and continues her pursuit of all things creative. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even 'taboo' topic, her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.


Equally as important as her art is the causes she is passionate about. Margaret is widely recognized for her charitable work with gay rights, anti-bullying campaigns and the homeless community, which grew out of a tribute to her dear friend, Robin Williams. In every segment of her life, Margaret is honest, forthright, passionate, uproarious and always entertaining. Margaret Cho is at her very best.

 

 

BIO (short)

Beginning with her early days on the scene in SoCal, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even 'taboo' topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.

An accomplished performer in all formats, Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media,” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. She has three Grammy Award nominations and one Emmy nomination under her belt. Her comedy tours always sell-out, and she’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (I'm The One That I Want and The Sensuous Woman). She has made an indelible mark in television, starting in 1994 with the network comedy All American Girl, followed by one of the first “reality sitcoms” to air on VH1, The Cho Show, and spent six seasons on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva. She will be one of a panel of hosts on All About SEX, TLC’s new talk show about sex. Margaret will be covering alternative sexuality for the show, bringing her fearless brand of humor and frank talk to late night.

Margaret’s film and DVD releases of her Stand Up shows have broken records – literally, 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). Margaret’s next show, which will be filmed in New York City in March, is There’s no I in Team, but There is a Cho in Psycho. Her latest work picks up where MOTHER, her 2012 show, left off. “This show is about insanity, about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women. This show is the advanced version of MOTHER, the Wolf Mother.” Since 1999, Margaret has been responsible for the distribution and sale of all her content.

Another one of Margaret’s new projects is something that’s very dear to her heart. As the “Patron Saint” for Outsiders, Margaret advocates for gay rights, bullying, and most recently, the homeless community in San Francisco. When the sadness of her dear friend Robin William’s death overwhelmed her, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin.’ The hashtag #BeRobin was born, and Margaret began performing in and around San Francisco, putting the information of where she’d be on her Facebook and Twitter pages. “It’s very simple, all I do and create a distraction – comedy and music - for several hours. Our motto is ‘If you have, give; if you need, take.” The program has shed a new light on treating homeless people with the dignity they deserve.


Incredibly, the #BeRobin project has led to more music from Margaret. Waiting for the right opportunity to release the music she has made since her last, Grammy-nominated effort, Cho Dependent, Margaret has two album’s worth of music, and when released, the proceeds will go toward the support of the homeless community.


From her activism to her music to her stand up, Margaret is honest, forthright, passionate, uproarious and always entertaining. Margaret Cho is at her very best.

BIO (long)

The Woman! The Comic! The Legend!

Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. “It was different than any other place on Earth,” she says. “I grew up and went to grammar school on Haight Street during the ’70s. There were old hippies, ex-druggies, burnouts from the ’60s, drag queens, and Chinese people. To say it was a melting pot – that’s the least of it. It was a really confusing, enlightening, wonderful time.”

Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret’s father who writes joke books – in Korean. “Books like 1001 Jokes for Public Speakers – real corny stuff,” Cho says. “I guess we’re in the same line of work. But we don’t understand each other that way. I don’t know why the things he says are funny and the same for him.”

What Margaret did know is that she didn’t love being a kid. Racing toward adulthood to escape bullying, she began writing jokes at 14 and professionally performing at age 16. Getting picked on, and feeling disenfranchised, is a subject that’s very near to Margaret’s heart. She has become a sort of “Patron Saint” for Outsiders, speaking for them when they are not able to speak for themselves Along with advocating for gay rights and bullying, Margaret recently began working with Homeless people on the streets of San Francisco as a tribute to her dear friend, Robin Williams.
Soon after starting her Stand Up career, Margaret won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and, still in her early twenties, hit the college circuit, where she immediately became the most booked act in the market and garnered a nomination for “Campus Comedian of The Year.” She performed over 300 concerts within two years. Arsenio Hall introduced her to late night audiences, Bob Hope put her on a prime time special and, seemingly overnight, Margaret Cho became a national celebrity.

Her groundbreaking, controversial, and short-lived ABC sitcom, All-American Girl (1994) soon followed. Oddly, while chosen because of who she was – a non-conformist Korean American woman with liberal views – the powers-that-be then decided they wanted her to “tone it down” for the show. Challenging Margaret’s feelings for both who she was and how she looked, she soon realized that though she was an Executive Producer, it was a battle she would not win. “For fear of being too “ethnic,” the show got so watered down for television that by the end, it was completely lacking in the essence of what I am and what I do.”

The experience was a traumatic one, bringing up unresolved feelings left over from childhood, and Margaret developed an eating disorder as a response to criticism about her body. She was so obsessive in her goal to try to be what she thought others wanted, she landed in the hospital with kidney failure. Through out a period of self-abuse, Margaret continued performing to sold-out audiences across the country in comedy clubs, theaters, and on college campuses, working to channel her anger in to something more positive.

In 1999, her groundbreaking, off Broadway one-woman show, I’m The One That I Want, toured the country to national acclaim and was made into a best-selling book and feature film of the same name. After her experience with All-American Girl, Margaret wanted to make sure she would only have to answer to herself, making sure she was responsible for the distribution and sales of her film. The concert film, which garnered incredible reviews, broke records for ‘Most money grossed per print’ in movie history. In 2001, after the success of her first tour, Cho launched Notorious C.H.O., a smash-hit 37-city national tour that culminated in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Notorious C.H.O., hailed by the New York Times as “Brilliant!”, was recorded and released as a feature film. Both films were acquired by Showtime Cable Networks, and produced by Margaret’s production company, a testament to the success of Margaret’s bold business model.

In March of 2003, Margaret embarked on her third sold-out national tour, Revolution. It was heralded by the Chicago Sun Times as “Her strongest show yet” and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy for Comedy Album of the Year. In 2005, Cho released Assassin, which The Chicago Tribune crowed “Packs passion in to each punch.” The concert film premiered in select theatres and on the gay and lesbian premium channel Here! TV.

In 2007, Margaret hit the road with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure, along with indie faves The Dresden Dolls and The Cliks, to host the True Colors Tour, benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. A true entertainment pioneer, Margaret also created and starred in The Sensuous Woman, a live variety show featuring vaudevillian burlesque and comedy, which she took for an extended off-Broadway run in the fall.

Margaret returned to TV in 2008 on the VH1 series, The Cho Show. Describing it as a ‘reality sitcom,’ Margaret said at the time, “It’s the closest I’ve been able to come on television to what I do as a comic.” The Cho Show followed Margaret, her real parents, and her eccentric entourage through a series of irreverent and outrageous experiences, shaped by Margaret’s ‘anything goes’ brand of stand-up.

The aptly titled Beautiful came next, exploring the good, bad and ugly in beauty, and the unattractive marketers who shape our world. The concert premiered in Australia at The Sydney Theater, marking the first time Margaret debuted a tour abroad. While touring through the US, the concert was filmed at the Long Beach theatre, aired as a special on Showtime in 2009, and then released as both a DVD and a book. Venus Zine hailed Margaret, and the show, saying “her fierce activism, which addresses bigger issues such as what it’s like to be demoralized by your country and culture…(left) no subject too taboo for the fearless stand-up queen.”

In 2009 Margaret nabbed a starring role in the comedy/drama series Drop Dead Diva, which aired for six seasons on the Lifetime network. Margaret enjoyed being part of a team, and not necessarily having the sole responsibility for keeping things afloat. “(Drop Dead Diva) was very fulfilling. It’s a lot about the things I talk about, like body image, and women feeling good about themselves, and learning to be visible.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Margaret stepped right up to the proverbial plate when asked to do Season 11 of the highly- rated Dancing with the Stars. Paired with pro Louie Van Amstel, Margaret was on one of the show’s most controversial seasons. “I really wanted to do DWTS so much. I love the show and I love dancing. It seemed like it would be very exciting, which it was. It was also very difficult because I was touring as well.” Margaret got a very strong reaction to her Rainbow Dancing Dress during a time when the issue of bullying, especially among gay teens, was all over the media. “I am very proud to have been able to wear a gay pride dress on a show that is so conservative. It is a wonderful thing to have every one remember me by. I wanted to send an urgent message to gay teenagers to make them feel included and loved. That dress was my statement to them about pride.”

2010 culminated with another high honor, a second Grammy Award nomination for Comedy Album of the Year for Cho Dependent, her incredibly funny collection of music featuring collaborations with Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Tegan & Sara, Ben Lee and more. The album received critical acclaim, with The Oregonian stating, “This was a chance to see and hear an already drop-dead funny diva growing, flexing new musical muscle, and fearlessly mature.” The album is funny, yes, but also quite musical, featuring not only her surprisingly strong singing voice, but her skill on the guitar, banjo and dulcimer. “I was inspired to make beautiful music with a comic edge. I took this very seriously, taking vocal and guitar lessons while I was touring. I was very devoted to learning and understanding how I could accompany myself.”

Margaret self released Cho Dependent on her own Clownery Records, and was encouraged by the acclaim, as there are only a handful of people putting out albums of comedy music – “Weird” Al Yankovic, Flight of the Conchords, The Lonely Island, to name a few – but no women. In 2011, Margaret released the live concert film of Cho Dependent, which also had its cable network debut on Showtime. Audiences who caught these performances live can attest that Cho hasn’t lost any of her edge. Shot at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, Cho remains uncensored, taking aim at the Palin family, her stint on Dancing With the Stars, smoking pot and living in a world with ‘sexting.’ The DVD is characteristically no-holds-barred Margaret and instantly a classic.

In 2012, Margaret spent whatever free time she had crafting her all new standup show, the uproariously and aptly named MOTHER, which kicked off with both a US and European tour. According to Margaret, “MOTHER offers up an untraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture. There’s nothing we don’t discuss, including race, drugs, sexuality – gay-straight-everything in between, celebrity, culture, politics – nothing is sacred – least of all this MOTHER.”

Paradox not lost, Margaret had to re-schedule some of the shows she had booked mid-September so she could attend the Emmy Awards with her mother. Nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her hilarious stint on 30 Rock as gender-bending North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Margaret was thrilled with the role and the nomination, and with Tina Fey. “Tina and I did a pilot together, Cabot College, and I was so happy to be working with her again. She is such a force, and I am grateful to know her. I will take any opportunity to team up with her.“

Although the pilot wasn’t picked up, Margaret’s creative side is moving ahead at full speed. First up – honoring her late friend, Robin Williams. “I found I couldn’t stop grieving Robin. He was an idol of mine before he became a friend, and he was an amazing advocate for homeless people, raising over 70 million dollars for homeless Men, Women and Children through the Comic Relief comedy Specials. He’d also stipulate in his movie contracts that a certain percent of the crew had to be homeless. Robin was a naturally compassionate man and he understood implicitly that what these people needed was to be treated with dignity.” When the sadness of his passing overwhelmed Margaret, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin’. The hashtag #BeRobin was born, and Margaret began setting up shop in different places in and around San Francisco, putting the information of where she’d be on her Facebook and Twitter pages. “It’s very simple, all I do and create a distraction – comedy and music - for several hours. The generosity of people has amazed me. Hairdressers and nail technicians have come down to give services to the Homeless community, we’ve had incredible food donations, sanitary supplies for women, clothing, money and more. Our motto is ‘If you have, give; if you need, take.” Margaret has a GoFundMe page for the project: Http://GoFundMe.com/BeRobin.


Incredibly, the #BeRobin project has led to more music from Margaret. She recently decided that her next two albums worth of material would be an outgrowth of the work she’s doing for the homeless community. “I am performing some new songs with the #BeRobin events, and wasn’t really sure how I was going to release my next set of music. I was waiting to see what the right thing was, and this presented itself.” Margaret takes her musicianship very seriously, taking lessons, practicing and working with top musicians. Produced by David Garza and Garrison Starr, the next album will be a comedy-music hybrid not unlike Cho Dependent. “I have so many friends in music, and it’s such a big part of my social life, so I am always recording and finding ideas for songs. Now I have a plan, and all the proceeds will benefit this cause.”


Margaret is also excited about the new talk show she has debuting on TLC in January called All About SEX. Margaret is part of the panel of hosts that include comedian Heather McDonald and actress Marissa Jaret Winokur. “All About SEX is a late night talk show where viewers call in and ask questions about sex. I cover sex toys and alternative sexuality. I understand that world from the inside. In fact, I was on the Board of Good Vibrations, a pioneering sex toy store for women that removed the stigma of women not only buying sex toys, but experimenting with what makes them feel good.”


2015 also brings Margaret back to the Stand Up stage, as she films her next comedy special, There’s no I in Team, but There is a Cho in Psycho, at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City in March. “This show is about insanity, about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women. I think everyone has a feeling about that mania and that rage. This show is the advanced version of MOTHER, the Wolf Mother.” One of the things Margaret is most excited for is the artwork for the show, a portrait she commissioned that was painted entirely in her own blood. “The artist Vincent Castiglia did an amazing portrait of me using my blood. I found it to be very symbolic since There’s no I in Team, but There is a Cho in Psycho has a lot to do with anger, rage and blood letting. It’s a very beautiful portrait and I am really proud of it.”

With so much going on 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 and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication. She was the recipient of the Victory Fund’s 2008 Leadership Award and the first ever Best Comedy Performance Award at the 2007 Asian Excellence Awards. She also received the First Amendment Award from the ACLU of Southern California, and the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW). Throughout her career, she has been honored by GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and PFLAG for making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity. In June of 2011, Margaret was honored by LA Pride, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing an individual whose lifetime body of work has left a lasting major imprint on the LGBT community.

Through her hard work, Margaret has had the opportunity to be heard, to extend her point of view and become regarded as a true pioneer in her field. She takes none of it for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people. A lot people who come to my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans. I seem to be a safe alternative for people who don’t think they’re being represented in society. They come because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there, and that makes me really proud.”


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