Five time Grammy & Emmy nominated US comedian Margaret Cho has much to celebrate as she was recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time and is set to launch what is sure to be her sickest stand-up comedy show to date this November. The incredible comedian answered some of our burning questions about her phenomenal career, pet peeves and new UK tour Fresh off the Bloat! 

“Cho is famed for her boldness, her taboo-breaking humour.” THE GUARDIAN

The UK tour takes in 7 dates and starts on 25th November at Edinburgh’s Queens Hall and culminates at London’s o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 10th December. A pioneer amongst women in comedy, Margaret doesn’t take anything for granted as she continues to tackle difficult subjects with sensitivity and her razor sharp insight with her takes on addiction, abuse, activism and Asian-ness. It's all about the politics of disgust and what is disgusting about politics. Recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's 50 best Stand-Up Comics of All Time, a pioneer amongst women in comedy and as bold and daring in her Stand Up as they come, Margaret is excited about her forthcoming UK tour "Fresh off the Bloat". Having previously appeared on TV shows such as E! Channel's 'Fashion Police', Dancing with the Stars, Thirty Rock and  Psycho her Netflix special to name but a few, Margaret will be adding to her extensive list of credentials with her upcoming project Highland - which will be piloted on TNT Network. 

Aptly titled, “Fresh Off The Bloat,” Margaret says, “This is my sickest show to date.  My grandmother said "You look like bloated as if you've been found dead in a lake after several days of searching." Koreans are the most savage of all the Asians. My new show is all about being fresh off drugs and drinking and suicide and coming back to life - finally fished out of the river Styx. It's meta. It's magical. It's me.”

Margaret’s new TV project, ‘Highland’, has been picked up for pilot by TNT Network.  The show will chronicle what happens when two extended, dysfunctional Korean-American families who share the same patriarch must come together after tragedy strikes. As it turns out, the most reliable person in both families is the one who just got out of rehab.

Soon after starting her Stand Up career, Margaret won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved from her home in San Francisco 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. 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. Since then she has had multiple world-wide critically acclaimed sold out tours – including a US tour with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure, along with indie faves The Dresden Dolls, to host the True Colors Tour, benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. 

Margaret has starred in the comedy/drama series ‘Drop Dead Diva’, which aired for six seasons on the Lifetime network. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she performed on Season 11 of the highly rated US TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Margaret’s creative side moved ahead at full speed with an Emmy nomination for “Best Guest Performance” on Thirty Rock. After the devastating death of her mentor, Robin Williams, using the hashtag #BeRobin Margaret began setting up shop in different places around San Francisco in an effort to raise money for the Homeless community. 

In what is a fitting tribute, Margaret is a special co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, covering the biggest award shows since 2016. This has a unique significance, as Joan Rivers was not only a friend, but also a vocal supporter of Margaret. “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.”

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 from multiple organisations across the USA notably from LA Pride, who gave Margaret a Lifetime Achievement Award for leaving a lasting imprint on the LGBT community.

We had the chance to catch up with Margaret in her very busy schedule...


Firstly, how have you been?
 

Very well, thank you!

 
What made you decide to get into stand up? 

It was that or Wonder Woman! I was about 8 years old when I made the decision.  

 
How did it feel to recently be named one of Rolling Stones 50 best Stand up Comics? How did you find out the news?

I found out from my publicist and manager - very exciting! I think it's wonderful. I’ve have devoted my life to comedy so this is great validation!

 
SO, your UK tour – Fresh off the Bloat… starts in November? Tell me more?

It's a brutal and savage show – I am really excited about it. I will take on whitewashing in the media, Asian representation, the idiocy of trump and the journey of self-destruction and self-reconstruction. 

 
You also have a new TV project called Highland. What is the show all about?

It’s a show all about a Korean American family caught up in the big marijuana boom in California. I play a recovering drug addict with lots of secrets forced to work in my family's pot business. 

 
Which comedians have had a big influence on you?

Joan Rivers - the biggest influence and my mentor and champion. 

 
What do you love about the UK?

The accents and the food – I love it! 

 
I hear you love a challenge? What has been your biggest Challenge so far?

Staying alive!

 
In your spare time, and when not on stage, what do you enjoy doing? Any hobbies?

I am a yoga junkie and a chef - exercise and cooking are my life - two sides of the same coin. 

An important cause to you is tackling the homeless community in San Francisco? Tell me a bit more about your involvement?

I started a homeless outreach called #berobin to honor Robin Williams and his long time commitment to charity. It was a nice way to remember him and help others.
 

Quick-fire questions… 

What was your first ever job?

Short order cook.

Name one pet peeve or thing that really annoys you 

Having to pee all the time.

I couldn’t live without…

The Farmer's Market

The best thing about being a comedian is…

Travel!

 

The ‘Fresh Off The Bloat’ tour comes to Birmingham's Glee Club 29th November!  Book now for an unforgettable night of chutzpah and taboo-breaking humour - you won't regret it.

 

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