Please explain what just happened.

I am filming a scene in a supernatural thriller and the ghost made something fall on me. I did my lines perfectly twice in a row.


What is your earliest memory?

My family complaining that I would not wash my own face even though I had been taught how several times. I believe I was about 4 years old at the time. I was mortified.


If you weren’t a comedienne what other profession would you choose?

I think I would be a veterinarian or a high-class prostitute or very high-end drug dealer.


Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

I don’t even know and I’m scared to open it. I don’t cook and I never eat at home if I can help it. The fridge has dead stuff. Rotting stuff. Old stuff no one wants or needs. It’s horrible.


What verb best describes you?



What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Everything is going to be better than alright. Way better than alright.


What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

I go to the guitar and work it out musically. It really works for me.


Define “success.”

Living happy. Not needing much more than what you have. Having fun doing it. Whatever it is.


From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

Jon Brion — he is the very the embodiment of music, in my opinion.


What change do you want to be in the world?

I want to be the change of underwear in the world’s purse.



Are you pro or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

I’m kind of anti-emoticon. Mostly because I don’t know how to make them. Also I prefer words or a photograph to capture what my emotions are.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I was on tour and Kevin Bacon had a show the day before me in Annapolis with his band “The Bacon Brothers” which I thought was so cool. I didn’t know he had a band!!!


What makes you feel most guilty?

Forgetting to put people on the guest list.


Please list three things you never leave home without.

Blackberry, lip balm, weed.


What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

If you like someone, pretend you don’t like them.


What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Be so good no one can tell you no.


What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

The kind that happens between women. It’s the worst. You never expect it from women friends, and when it happens it kills me.


Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

I think it would have to be Jeopardy! I’m pretty good at answering questions with questions.


What do you want to know?

How to play dulcimer. And mandolin. But right now I’ll settle for being a better guitarist.


What would you like your Last Words to be?

I told you I was sick.


Please explain what will happen.

They’re gonna move the lights and go again.

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MARGARET CHO was born December 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 from the ’60s, 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.”

Margaret started performing stand-up at age 16 in a comedy club called The Rose & Thistle above a bookstore her parents ran. Soon after, she won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and lived in a house with several other young performers.

“I moved out because I wasn’t the most famous. If the Manson Family had come, I wouldn’t have been Sharon Tate; I would have been one of the supporting victims, and who wants that? Janeane Garofalo moved into my old room. Anyway, ‘Cho’ written in blood on the wall doesn’t look as cool as ‘Garofalo.’”

In addition to her busy touring schedule, Margaret has proven herself an established writer and blogger; her second book, a collection of essays on all subjects political and pop, I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight was published by Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Group (2005). She has also completed her first narrative feature, Bam Bam and Celeste, written by and starring Margaret, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in late 2005 and has since played at the AFI Fest, Frameline, Fusion, and the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

In 2007, Margaret hit the road with 80’s legends Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry & Erasure along with indie faves The Dresden Dolls and The Cliks to host the True Colors Tour, benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. A true 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.

In 2008, thirteen years after her catastrophic foray into television, Margaret returned to TV on her own terms, in the Vh1 series, The Cho Show. Describing it as a ‘reality sitcom,’ Margaret said, “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 irreverent and outrageous experiences, shaped by Margaret’s ‘anything goes’ brand of stand-up.

After the success of four previous stand-up concert films: The One That I Want, Notorious C.H.O., Revolution, and State of Emergency, her fifth and most recent concert film, Beautiful, pulls back the veil on the myth of beauty, and exposes her audience to a raunchy and hilarious ride.

Learning to love her luscious self over the past forty years, comedian Margaret Cho realized that the eye of the beholder doesn’t hold all the power when it comes to beauty. Our tastes may be groomed by the media, but how we feel about how we look brings our self-image into focus.

Armed with something more potent than lip gloss — a mouth so shocking and raunchy it should be stamped with a warning – Cho toured America with her manifesto: “This show is really about how we should feel beautiful,” says Cho. “When you feel beautiful, you’re going to have more of a willingness to use your voice to speak.”

You can also see Margaret play outspoken and funny legal assistant Teri Lee, the right hand of the lead character, Jane Bingum, on Lifetime’s sizzling new hit television show, Drop Dead Diva.

23 responses to “21 Questions with Margaret Cho”

  1. […] TNB TV  Please enjoy this clip of comedian Margaret Cho talking about Sarah Palin’s vagina. It is taken from Margaret’s 5th stand up concert film, “Beautiful,” now available on DVD from Image Entertainment. And don’t forget to check out TNB’s 21 Questions interview with Ms. Cho right here. […]

  2. “I want to be the change of underwear in the world’s purse.”

    Awesome line!

  3. “Be so good no one can tell you no.”

    Duly noted.

  4. Marni Grossman says:

    Oh man. Does this make me several degrees closer to Margaret Cho? Goodness, I hope so.

  5. Hi Margaret! Thanks so much for hanging out with us in-between takes!

    I, too, often wonder about the betrayal between women. Shouldn’t we be building each other up rather than constantly trying to claw the other down?

    Speaking of… scurry back to the Lifetime studios soon!! We need more Drop Dead Diva!

  6. Rob Bloom says:

    Margaret, welcome to TNB. Ever considered becoming a high-class/high-end veterinarian?

  7. Ducky says:

    Please don’t eat Sarah Palin’s pussy. You might run into Glen Beck down there and I’d hate for you to go to prison for scratching his eyes out.

    I’d also like to encourage you to recruit all the wolves in your area and offer them a bounty of $150 for Palin’s carcass.

  8. Ben Loory says:

    i can teach you how to play mandolin. as long as you don’t mind being kinda shitty at it.

  9. i love that you would be a “high class” prostitute. i’m just not that confident in how classy i would be in that profession. and there should totally be a celebrity jeopardy … though i’ve heard using that buzzer is a bitch. if you play for a charity, please consider me. (just watched beautiful the other day. you are and you are hilarious. i am only one of many gay men who loves you.)

  10. Ann Gray says:

    Let it Cho, Let it Cho, Let it Cho!

  11. Welcome, Margaret.

    I totally relate to your refrigerator conundrum. I don’t fully understand the whole “eating in” phenomenon, myself.

    I can’t wait for my copy of Beautiful to arrive. I’m so looking forward to it.

  12. Greg Olear says:

    Do they have Fresh Direct in L.A.? We need to stock her fridge.

  13. Great interview and advice. Big fan for a long time, so great to see you here.

  14. I had an ex who called his fridge “The Food Museum.” Feel free to use this.

    Margaret, I met you at the Lambdas the year we both won. I was way too starstruck to say anything normal. You looked amazing, as usual. Thanks for being you.

  15. Judy Prince says:

    I hid an ex in my fridge.

    welcome, EmCho.

  16. I’m totally geeking out that we are all a degree closer to Margaret now. If this doesn’t officially mean TNB has already taken over the world, what would?
    (Maybe interviewing Margaret Cho while Sarah Palin was eating HER pussy?)

  17. […] comics MARGARET CHO and, last but not least, a funny guy who performs under the obvious stage name SLADE […]

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