Margaret Cho’s mother has been immortalized in numerous standup shows across America and around the world, but the sometimes too real—oftentimes slightly exaggerated antics by Mama Cho have only played a small part in the popular comedic dance—until now.
In a new interview with yours truly for Windy City Times, Cho tells the world what she thinks about motherhood, her mama, Dancing with the Stars, and more.
Here’s an excerpt:
WCT: Race, drugs and sexuality will be on display during your MOTHER tour. Can you give us a little sneak peek at what the audience may anticipate?
Margaret Cho: I think it’s all about the fact that my immigrant upbringing didn’t prepare me for the kid-glove celebrity society I live in now. I mean, I was raised to be part of my family—not anything outside of that—and I have no social graces. So I can clean a fish, but I have never written a thank-you letter.
WCT: Recently, you were featured on the show Finding Your Roots. Can you tell us what your life was like in the Castro District in the ’70s?
Margaret Cho: It was great to witness queer politics first-hand like that—actually happening in front of me—and then the incredibly tragic times that followed: the assassination of Harvey Milk and the dreadful catastrophic wave of death from AIDS. These [events] really strengthened my connection to my community and the way to be political in my community. I am lucky to have lived through what I did—even though I lost a lot.