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posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 41
Cho-Dependent a hilarious night of comedy and music
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Cho-Dependent a hilarious night of comedy and music

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Margaret Cho
August 27
Paramount Theatre


Margaret Cho is one of those comedians who are either loved or hated. Judging from the audience's reaction on Friday at the Paramount Theatre, it is obvious that Seattle loves her. There's a good reason for this: She rocks, and she's funny. Those simple facts are pretty much the backbone of her new touring comedy show. Mixing humor with songs from her newly released comedy CD Cho-Dependent, Margaret Cho again showed Seattle why she is the queen of comedy.

After an only average opening act, a svelte (and well-inked) Ms. Cho took the stage and captured her audience immediately. Unlike other female comedians popular with the Gay community, Ms. Cho's act did not focus on celebrities and gossip, but on her own life and the seemingly bizarre relationships on which she has become dependent. While sometimes straddling the borderline of crass, Ms. Cho's acerbic humor is focused on herself first and foremost, allowing the audience to laugh not only at her folly, but also with her, simultaneously. It's not only her delivery that makes her such a beloved comedian; it's her facial expressions. The looks she gives are priceless, and her eyes are full of commentary. Thanks to the theater's monitor screen, every person in attendance could see her expressions and enjoy the evening.

Ms. Cho sang several songs from her new comedy album. If you are wondering how her voice was, the answer is that it was not bad at all. Audiences accept the "non-singing" voice more readily, but Ms. Cho can carry a tune pretty darn well. She may not be Carrie Underwood, but she far surpasses Sandra Bernhard as a songstress.

Covering different musical genres from country ballads, love songs and rap, these ditties are light, entertaining, and funny. The song "Your Dick," for example, expresses her pure delight at her lover's best attribute despite how quickly she loses interest in all of his others. The tune is breezy, but it's catchier than a cold, and just like a cold, it will stay in your head for quite a while. And as you find yourself subconsciously softly singing along, she throws in the harmonizing lyric, "I love your balls, too" so innocently, it's like a triangle sounding at the end of a classical concert. The CD Cho-Dependent actually features such guest stars as Ben Lee, Tommy Chong, Ani DiFranco, and Fiona Apple, among others, but sadly they were not at the concert.

Seattle was only the second stop for the Cho-Dependent tour. Always a supporter of the Queer community, groups were collecting for the legalization of Gay marriage in the lobby of the theater. LOGO, the GLBT cable network, sponsors the concert tour, the Cho-Dependent CD is currently available.

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