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posted Friday, November 8 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 45
The 'Mother' of us all - Margaret Cho brings her acclaimed show to Seattle
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The 'Mother' of us all - Margaret Cho brings her acclaimed show to Seattle

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

MARGARET CHO
MOORE THEATRE
November 16


She's at it again. That hilarious, fabulous Margaret Cho is coming back to Seattle for another night of unstoppable, unfiltered, and unabashed laughs. The multi-faceted performer is towing her well-reviewed production 'Mother' to Seattle next week, a show that was introduced to a roomful of fans at Tulalip Resort Casino earlier this year. The concert, which has already toured Australia and parts of North America and will soon expand to Europe, is the latest project from this comedienne-actress. For tickets to her Moore Theatre performance with guest opener Jim Short, go to www.stgpresents.org. By phone while running errands in Los Angeles, here's what Margaret Cho had to say to Seattle Gay News.

Albert Rodriguez: You previewed the 'Mother' show at Tulalip Resort Casino earlier this year. For anyone who saw it there, will they be seeing the same thing, or has it been tweaked?

Margaret Cho: I think there will be pretty significant changes. I really change it up every day, so it's always very different. For me, every performance is like a whole new experience. People have been coming to this show multiple times because it's always new.

Rodriguez: For anyone who hasn't seen 'Mother' yet, it's not just about your mother, but all mother figures, correct?

Cho: Yeah, and it's also about being a grande-dame fag hag. Like when everyone starts calling you 'mother,' as a fag hag, that's also what it's about. And it's a lot about Bisexuality and getting to a place where you realize that it's a very unusual thing to be in the Queer community. And, the need of parenting in a place where we can all have the opportunity to mother the planet. There's a lot of stuff happening in the show.

Rodriguez: Will there be plenty of impersonations of your mom?

Cho: Yes, there will.

Rodriguez: Does she ever go on tour with you?

Cho: No. She comes to the shows, though. She's definitely around, but it's a little tough for her to do it; it's pretty hectic, but she definitely comes.

Rodriguez: What's your take on the whole Miley Cyrus twerking thing?

Cho: Well, my mother said (impersonating her mom), 'Oh, she's shaking out all of her luck.' But it's more like you can tell that she doesn't know what she's doing. It's somebody who wants to pretend that they're sexual, or pretend this sexuality that doesn't really exist. It's like play-acting on it, like wearing your mom's shoes. There is an innocence to it that is just typical of youth.

Rodriguez: You recently took a DNA test and found out you're of Chinese descent. Did you have a 'Coming Out Chinese' party?

Cho: [laughs] Oh, I need to. I guess I still have to. There are a lot of people from Korea who are from Chinese ancestry [because] Korea is actually, like, part of China, so ethnic definitions are not as apparent as in genealogy, I guess. I don't really know - I don't really understand it. I kind of think Asian Americans are more cohesive because we're all viewed the same in America.

Rodriguez: You're taking the 'Mother' tour to Europe later this year. Would you ever consider performing in Russia?

Cho: It's like you want to be available for the people, you want to be available for the Gays and Lesbians there, but it's such a terrible situation. You don't want to deprive people there because the government is so homophobic - there are Gays and Lesbians there who are in need of representation and in need of support, so you don't want to shut out that community because the government is oppressive.

Rodriguez: Do you think we should still have the Olympics there next year?

Cho: I think it's a really bad thing that we have such bad homophobia there. I don't know what the solution is. I like the idea of boycotting because it's a real stance, but it's sad because there are LGBT athletes who've been preparing for it their entire life, too. It's a complicated issue and I think it's better to look at all sides of it. The people who are being victimized are really suffering because of that kind of stuff. There's so many layers to it.

Rodriguez: Will you end 'Mother' in Europe, or will you continue touring it next year?

Cho: I'll continue it next year. It's part of a never-ending cycle, my touring, it's like always going and it always changes, so it's something I will continue doing as the show changes with every performance, and it will be different all the time.

Rodriguez: You once dated Chris Isaak. Do you have any locks of his hair in your freezer that I can have?

Cho: [giggles] Oh, no. But he's cute, he's really cute. He's a really nice guy.

Rodriguez: Are there any celebrities who drive you nuts?

Cho: No, no. I don't find that I need to criticize people, and there's nobody really out there that bothers me.

Rodriguez: You recently talked about John Travolta on a talk show, kind of outing him. Does he drive you crazy?

Cho: No, I was more under that feeling of feeling sorry for him because he's not able to [come out]. I think it's gotta be tough, that was more my take on it.

Rodriguez: I know you've been to Seattle many, many times before. Are you looking forward to anything specific when you come here this time?

Cho: I hope to be able to just hang out. I wanna find out how real the marijuana legality is, so we'll see about that. I'm a little bit curious. That's it, really.

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