2016 PRESS RELEASES

January 7, 2016

January 20, 2016

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE "ANNA NICOLE" VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/x-acvUDqEEE

 

Watch Margaret's powerful new music video
"I Wanna Kill My Rapist"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TXCmkhr-nE

I do not condone violence but cathartic rage has its place in art. I believe if you have been sexually abused, you must 'murder' your rapist in your mind. Abuse leads to self abuse, drug addiction, depression, eating disorders, suicide. I want to kill it before it kills me. I'm grateful to all the incredible artists who went into the creation of this song and video, especially the young people who lent their fierce fighting talents. I can see already that kids are building a better world than the one we are currently in. Margaret Cho

 

Photo credit: Dusti Cunningham
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2012 PRESS RELEASES

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2012 Press & Reviews

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PRESS ARCHIVES


 

MARGARET CHO RELEASES FIRST NEW MUSIC ALBUM IN 6 YEARS
“AMERICAN MYTH” AVAILABLE TODAY – APRIL 29, 2016


http://margaretcho.com/shop/american-myth/


UPCOMING GUEST APPEARANCES ON “LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS,” “WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN” AND “THE VIEW” ALL IN MAY

 

Los Angeles, CA – April 29, 2016 -  Three time Grammy and Emmy nominee, comedian Margaret Cho has released her new studio album, American Myth” today April 29, 2016 via her Clownery Records label.  To order click here: http://margaretcho.com/shop/american-myth/ .  American Myth is the follow-up to her 2010 Grammy nominated debut album Cho Dependent and is Margaret’s first new music in over 6 years.


Cho has already released four videos off the album with “Anna Nicole,” “Ron’s Got a DUI,” “Fat Pussy” and the controversial “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist.” Margaret  plans to reveal more videos in the coming months from American Myth

Photo credit: Gia Trimble
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Anna Nicole” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-acvUDqEEE
Ron’s Got a DUI” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIrvFK955KY
Fat Pussy” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zHNwJoGwlA
(I Want To) Kill My Rapist” -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TXCmkhr-nE

 “I am extremely proud to release American Myth. This is an album of anthems and showcases my first efforts as a composer. I made it with my longtime collaborator Garrison Starr and an incredible and inspiring crew of artists. It is my glamorous and glittering tribute to family, comedy, anger, fame, gayness, grief, fat pride, love and hate. “ – Margaret Cho

American Myth Song info: 

The following songs were written in Atlanta, Los Angeles and on the road, and recorded in Koreatown with Garrison Starr.

Come with Me -
I wrote this song to honor my own past as a sex worker, and to bring love and caring to a profession that is often misunderstood and vilified. It's what Mary Magdelene would have said to Jesus and vice versa. 

Ron’s Got a DUI -
My favorite love song to all the gay men I have loved and now miss - for a generation of beautiful people we have lost to AIDS - it's a tribute and an anthem to love and loss.

Moran and Miiri  - I also wrote this song on my own, which is about Korean names and 60s immigration. I did some shows with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and his wife's name is Miiri which is close to my Korean name Moran. This track was also produced in LA by Garrison Starr. 

Daddy I Miss You -
A song for fathers, mine and everyone's. 

Georgia Sky -
My only true hate song, as complex and thunderous and overwhelming as love can be, so is hate. 

Fat Pussy -
My fat pride anthem, which is a glorious and joyous celebration of my body and all female fatness - a love song to my fat.

Beautiful in L.A. -
I have always wanted to cover this song, by the amazing Garrison Starr, and she helped me to reinvent it with her stellar production. It's got a real dark swing, bringing in the film noir history of LA into the light. 

Anna Nicole  -

This is a wonderful collaboration with Garrison Starr and it's a requiem for Anna Nicole Smith that is as beautiful and quirky as she was. It's my version of Candle in the wind, and about the archetype of someone who is too good for this world that exists in all of us. 

Gentleman Jim - I wrote this one on my own when I was in Altanta and recorded with Garrison Starr  in Los Angeles. Garrison produced the track. I wanted an old fashioned country track with lap steel and a rise then a descent in the melody. It's kind of a longer 70s country fantasy song, something you could sing on Hee Haw. 

Topaz -  is by Edward Herda with my lyrics. I met a young sessions saxophone player in Austin named Topaz. He lived in a gold trailer and he was just perfectly a song in human form. Production again by Garrison Starr in Los Angeles. 


Bonus Tracks:
I Wanna Kill My Rapist  -
I wanted to have a song that expressed cathartic rage, with the purpose of murdering the memory of sexual abuse so it stops hurting the one who remembers. It's an anthem to healing and the power of anger.
We So Worry -  
I wrote this song with the wonderful artist Bitch for my parents, and they sing on it! They were extremely nervous, but they are also musicians and complete showbiz professionals so of course they did a great job. This was written and recorded in LA at Ben Lee's studio 
Margaret is set to make several tv appearances including Late Night with Seth Meyers and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen  on May 18 and The View on May 19.  In addition, you can catch Margaret as special co-host on  “Fashion Police” on E! throughout the 2016 season.  
Margaret will also continue to tour with her ever evolving stand-up comedy show throughout 2016 where she typically performs a few songs at the end of her sets.  She will continue to tackle difficult subjects with sensitivity and razor sharp insight. A pioneer amongst women in comedy, Margaret doesn’t take anything for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people who feel disenfranchised. The audience at my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans. I seem to be a secure 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.”

 

2016 Tour Dates

DATE VENUE CITY
APR    
28, 29, 30 Improv Irvine, CA
MAY    
5,6,7 Zanies Nashville, TN
12,13,14 Improv Pittsburgh, PA
19,20,21 Helium Comedy Club Philadelphia, PA

 

Austrailian Tour 2016 - The Psycho Tour

Sept    
6 Astor Theatre Perth
8 The Tivoli Brisbane
9 Sydney Opera House Sydney
12 Athenaeum Theatre

Melbourne

     
Oct    
27 Helium St. Louis, MO
28 Helium (2 shows) St. Louis, MO
29 Helium (2 shows) St. Louis, MO
     

 

Complete Press Info including hi-res art:  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/margaretcho
And, if you're wondering what mommy has been up to, you can watch Margaret interview mommy here:  https://thescene.com/watch/golfdigest/comedian-margaret-cho-interviews-her-mother-the-golfer

 

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

 

 


Margaret Cho
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BIO (super short - 146 words)

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. With her latest Concert Special, psyCHO, which was filmed at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre, Margaret Cho is at her very best.


 

 

SHORT BIO (2016)

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 VH1six 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” [https://goo.gl/8j3SgH], “Fat Pussy” [https://goo.gl/B6rfER] and the controversial “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist” [https://goo.gl/SMuKhA].  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.

 


FULL BIO (2016)

 

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, 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.”

Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret’s father a Korean joke book writer. “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 understand why the things he says are funny and the same for him.”

What Margaret did know is that being a kid was hard. Racing toward adulthood as fast as she could to escape the constant bullying she endured, Margaret began writing jokes at 14 and professionally performing at age 16. Getting picked on, and not having a feeling of belonging, is a subject that’s not only near to Margaret’s heart, but something she still feels very deeply despite all of her successes. In that sense, Margaret has gladly and graciously become the “Patron Saint for Outsiders,” speaking for those who are not able to speak for themselves, and encouraging people who can to use their voice to promote change.


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 decided they preferred for Margaret to “tone it down” for the show. She soon realized that though she was an Executive Producer, this would be a battle she could 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 wanted to accomplish.”

 

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, that she landed in the hospital with kidney failure. Through out this period of self-abuse, Margaret continued performing to sold-out audiences in comedy clubs, theaters, and 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 ever have to answer to herself, putting herself in charge of the distribution and sales of her film, which garnered incredible reviews and broke records for ‘Most Money Grossed per Print’. In 2001, after the success of her first tour, Maragaret 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, and produced by Margaret’s production company, a testament to the success of Margaret’s 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, she released Assassin, with The Chicago Tribune stating “(Assassin) 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. An 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 with 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 bold 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 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.

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 not having the sole responsibility for keeping things afloat. “(Drop Dead Diva) was a very fulfilling experience. It let me taking about the things I talk about, like body image, and women feeling good about themselves.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Margaret stepped right up to the plate when asked to do Season 11 of the highly- rated Dancing with the Stars. Paired with pro Louie Van Amstel, Margaret was on the show’s most controversial seasons. Margaret got a very strong reaction to her Rainbow Dancing Dress during a time when the issue of bullying, especially among gay teens, was being heavily covered in the media. “I am very proud to have been able to wear a gay pride dress on a show that is so conservative.”

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. The album is funny, 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.”

Margaret self released Cho Dependent on her own Clownery Records, and was encouraged by the acclaim, since there are only a handful of artists putting out true albums of comedy music – “Weird” Al Yankovic, Flight of the Conchords, The Lonely Island, to name a few – yet no women. In 2011, Margaret released the live concert film of Cho Dependent, which also had its cable network debut on Showtime. Shot at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, she remained uncensored, with a characteristically no-holds-barred show.

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, “MOTHERoffers up an untraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture.”

Margaret’s creative side moved ahead at full speed with an Emmy nomination for “Best Guest Performance” on Thirty Rock. After the death of her mentor, Robin Williams, overwhelmed her, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin’. The hashtag #BeRobin was born, as Margaret began setting up shop in different places around San Francisco in an effort to raise money for the Homeless community. “All I do and create a distraction – comedy and music - for several hours and collect goods and donations for people who need them.” The GoFundMe page Margaret set up [at http://GoFundMe.com/BeRobin ] has raised over $20,000.00 in donations.


In 2015, Margaret was one of the hosts of TLC’s All About SEX, a late night call-in talk show with Margaret covering sex toys and alternative sexuality. “I wanted to remove the stigma of women not only buying sex toys, but experimenting with what makes them feel good.”
2015 also brought Margaret back to the stand up stage, where she filmed her Showtime special/DVD psyCHO at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Called “wildly kinetic” by the New York Times, psyCHO “Is about insanity, about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.” In keeping with the show’s theme, the artwork, a portrait she commissioned from artist Vincent Castiglia made entirely of her own blood.

There’s no break for Margaret in 2016:  The three-time Grammy and Emmy nominee will release her next studio album, American Myth, on April 29th on her Clownery label. The follow up to Cho Dependent, it’s the first collection of new music from Margaret in 6 years. She has already debuted three music videos: “Ron’s Got a DUI” [https://goo.gl/8j3SgH], “Fat Pussy” [https://goo.gl/B6rfER] and the song that set the Internet on its ass (take that, Kardashians), “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist” [https://goo.gl/SMuKhA].  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, made with her longtime collaborator Garrison Starr, also 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.”

In what is a fitting tribute, Margaret has also been named special co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, covering the biggest award shows of 2016. Since Joan Rivers was not only a friend, but also a vocal supporter of Margaret, this has a unique significance. “Although I am not quite a fashionista, I would love to look at it like I am changing it up – Fashion Police: Special Victims Unit. It makes me happiest to spend time with Melissa (Rivers), and when I see her laugh at my jokes, I feel like Joan is smiling.”

And in typical “go-go-go” style, Margaret has signed on to develop a “Highland,” a dramedy for Amazon. The hour long show follows Margaret, who after court-0rdered rehab, gets a chance to start over by moving in with her (dysfunctional) family who run a pot dispensary.  Co-created by Margaret and writer Liz Sarnoff (“Deadwood,” “Lost,” “Alcatraz”) Margaret is set to star and executive produce as well.

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. She was the recipient of the Victory Fund’s 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). Margaret 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), PFLAG and LA Pride, who gave Margaret a Lifetime Achievement Award for leaving a lasting 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. People come to see me, or buy my records and/or DVDs because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there. More than anything, that makes me really proud.”

 

 

 

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DANCING WITH THE STARS
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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
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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.

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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

 

 

 

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2016 Video/Podcasts

Bert Cast

The BiCast

BuzzFeed - The Ladies Room

Bill Hicks - A Life In Comedy

CNN

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Department of Tangents

Fox News National/Fox 411

Gay News Radio

The Guest List - May 30, 2016

Late Night with Seth Meyers May 18, 2016

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Prince Story, May 18, 2016

NBC 6 In The Mix

NPR's BullsEye, iTunes Preview

NPR's BullsEye

Perez Hilton

Saturday Night Live

This Comedian's Life

TV Guide

The View, May 19, 2016

Village Voice

Yahoo! Music

 

2015 Video/Podcasts

ABC Chicago/Windy City Live

Access Hollywood

Access Hollywood (2)

Access Hollywood (3)

Access Hollywood Fashion Police

AV Club

Bitesize TV

Daytime WFLA Tampa

Fox Good Day New York

From Asia With Love

Hollywood Today Live

Huffington Post

Inside Edition

The Insider

I Yahoo'd Myself

The Insider

KTLA Morning Show

Lady To Lady

Larry Kings' PoliticKING

Late Night with Seth Myers

Late Night with Seth Myers (2)

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Late Show with Stephen Colber (Lice)

Mashup Americans

MSN "Dr. Ken"

News 12 New Jersey

Nunn On One

OK! TV

On The Scene-News 12 NJ

On Second Thought

People

Perez Hilton

Sinister Girlz

Today Show

Vice Broadly

The View

Wendy Williams Show

WGN Radio

Xtra! Toronto

 

2015 RADIO

The Frame KPCC NPR Radio Interview

"Rover's Morning Glory"

 

 

2014 Video Interviews

AOL

KGW

KRON 4 San Francisco

New York Pix 11

Yahoo!

 

2013 Video Interviews

Access Hollywood

Access Live

CBS - Backstage

The Daily Shot

Home & Family

Huffington Post

In Bed With Joan

In The Lab With Arthur Kade

Joy Behar/Say Anything

Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2)

Makers

NBC

OMG! Insider

The Project Australia

The View

The Wendy Williams Show

WGN Radio Chicago (audio)

XOJane

Xtra Canada

 


 

 

2012 Video Interviews

Arthur Kade

CBS News

CNN Showbiz Tonight

The Daily

Fox News - Margaret Cho is gearing up for her busiest year yet

Fox News

Fox News

LA8 Korean TV

Larry King NOW

Sinister Girlz (podcast)

Wendy Williams TV Show

The Talk

The Today Show

The View

 

VH1 Morning Buzz