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posted Friday, March 30, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 13
Cho her some love: Margaret Cho is performing in Bellevue this weekend and you shouldn't miss her
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Cho her some love: Margaret Cho is performing in Bellevue this weekend and you shouldn't miss her

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

MARGARET CHO
'FRESH OFF THE BLOAT'
PARLOR LIVE COMEDY CLUB
March 29 @ 7:30pm
March 30 & 31 @ 7:30pm & 10pm


The words 'legend' and 'icon' are often used loosely. It's become a rubberstamp adjective to describe anybody who's been around for a long time, regardless of whether they've done anything substantial with their life. But clearly deserving of both labels, however, is Margaret Cho, who has logged in over 25 years as a clever, sensical and dependably hilarious comedienne. She is, undoubtedly, one of the very best in the business, so says Rolling Stone, which included the Bay Area native on its list of the '50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time.'

Cho, a longtime LGBT community member, who continues to reinvent herself with fresh and bold stand-up performances, televised specials and original audio recordings, has always seemed to brilliantly balance the seriousness of the real world with the wackiness of the surreal world and the right amount of humor. She's doing it again with her brand new show, 'Fresh Off the Bloat,' which makes its way to Parlor Live Comedy Club (700 Bellevue Way NE #300) in Bellevue for three nights on March 29 (7:30pm), 30 (7:30pm & 10pm) and 31 (7:30pm & 10pm). If you don't drive, you can easily get to the venue via Sound Transit bus #550, which runs through the downtown bus tunnel or Metro bus #271 from the U-District.

Always making time to speak with Seattle Gay News, I chit-chatted with Cho recently and got a bit more information about her upcoming appearances, as well as her thoughts on current news. Here's what this legend and icon had to share.

Albert Rodriguez: Is this show interactive? Are you performing music, as well?

Margaret Cho: No, I'm just doing stand-up comedy. There are so many new jokes and so much material that I want to get through, so on this tour it's just stand-up.

Rodriguez: Things are happening every day, especially in politics. Are you adding new content to the show as you go along?

Cho: Yeah, I have to continue to update it because every day is different and every thing (in the show) is always live. I think that's really a big part of it, the fact that we have news that's all encompassing, and with social media there's something happening all the time, so it's very current.

Rodriguez: So many people are unhappy and downright angry with Trump right now; they want him impeached. But they seem to forget that if Trump goes out, we're then stuck with Pence.

Cho: Pence is worse, a million times worse. Because Trump doesn't know what he's doing, but Pence actually does. Trump doesn't have any of his own beliefs, he's just kind of making things up as he goes along, but Pence has a strong feeling of what he wants and that's not what we need. He's a bigot, a bully, racist and it's just so scary. It's actually worse to have Pence in office.

Rodriguez: The last time we spoke, I asked you if there was any topic or event that was off limits, in terms of using it as material for your act and I believe you said there wasn't. I wanted to ask you that same question, but specifically about what happened in Parkland, Florida. There's nothing funny about that tragedy, but would you still incorporate it into your show - because so many people are talking about it right now?

Cho: Well, it's something that's very vital. It's something that affects everyone and it's something that's affecting kids. What's great about Parkland is that the kids aren't going to stand for it. They are out there and doing the best thing that they can. I'm in awe of them. I'm just so proud of what they've accomplished and what they've been able to do; it's inspiring and so great that they're out there doing what they're doing.

Rodriguez: And shortly afterwards you have this church in Pennsylvania conducting a blessing ceremony for new assault rifle owners. It seems funny only until you realize that it's real, and then it's not funny.

Cho: It's not funny. It's creepy. It's really creepy. They don't connect that all of these school shootings have resulted in innocent lives lost and they refuse to give up something that doesn't really mean anything anyway.

Rodriguez: Someone who's been getting a lot of attention recently is U.S. Olympian Adam Rippon, whose become a huge LGBT hero to so many young people because he's out there doing his thing and being his unabashedly self.

Cho: I love him! I think he's perfect. He's like going to the Oscars in a fucking Folsom Street harness; it's fabulous!

Rodriguez: Did you have an LGBT hero yourself, somebody who was out already that you could look up to, or who you found inspiring?

Cho: Well, always kd lang. It was Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, too, like all of these strong, brave women that have always inspired me.

Rodriguez: Male comedians still outnumber female comedians greatly. Three years ago, Amy Schumer was hot and now not as much, yet we're still praising Dave Chappelle and Lewis Black. Is there a change on the horizon?

Cho: I think so. It's about survival and longevity, sticking it out. All of my favorites, like Wanda Sykes and Kathy Griffin, they're my friends, but they're also my role models.

Rodriguez: What do you think about rising stars, such as Tiffany Haddish?

Cho: She's great; she's really special. So beautiful and funny and hilarious. I'm so excited to see her. She's wonderful.

Rodriguez: Years ago, we got sidetracked during an interview and started talking about chocolate daddies. So I wanted to resurface that discussion and ask, 'Who'd you rather?' - Chadwick Bozeman or Daniel Kaluuya?

Cho: I think Chadwick, right? (laughs) He's so good.

Rodriguez: He's definitely a sexy beast. And speaking of Chadwick Bozeman, the success of Black Panther has been huge for the African-American film community. So, where is the Asian Black Panther?

Cho: I know. It's gotta come out, it's gotta happen. It's right around the corner; it has to be. We've been working on it and fighting for it for so long, so it's on the way.

Rodriguez: Switching back to politics, Cynthia Nixon announced that she's running for office in New York. Isn't that cool?!

Cho: Yes! We would love a Miranda as governor; she's great!

Rodriguez: Do you see this tour extending through the rest of the year, if some people can't get to it in Bellevue?

Cho: Yes, it should. It'll keep going on. I love it. This tour is going everywhere. It started in Europe and now it's here and it's gotta go to Asia, so that's really exciting.

Rodriguez: Are you big in Korea? Do they see you as a celebrity there?

Cho: They sort of see me as an old lady. (laughs) They know who I am, but they're not exactly sure what I do. They don't have stand-up comedy there, so they don't really understand it or understand me. (laughs) But it's fun, I still love doing shows there.

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