Margaret Cho Comes to South Florida

Photo: Austin Young

Margaret Cho is hitting the road again, and South Florida is in her sights.

The comedian makes a triumphant return to the area on Jan. 27 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Cho, who was just nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, is set to bring her signature wit and home grown comedy in her new stand up show, MOTHER.

This her second trip to the area in the last year. She last performed at the Parker Playhouse in a fundraiser for Broward House on World AIDS Day in 2011. Cho said she’s excited to return.

“I’m coming back with a whole bunch of new material,” Cho said. “This community is special and we’re going to have an exciting time.”

MOTHER is probably Cho’s edgiest show to date, filled with observations on race, drugs and sexuality. Whether you’re gay, straight or anything in between, Cho’s take on celebrities, culture and politics leaves nothing sacred untouched.

Cho said that this show would revolve around a long-suffering and staple in her show, her mother.

“I’ve been talking about her for a long time now,” Cho said. “I’ve come to the realization now that I’m older and it’s time to give her a show.”

Cho’s shows tend to be very liberal and political in content, with Cho focusing on her mother and LGBT issues and humor. Cho has been married to Al Ridenour since 2003. Their “unconventional” relationship (with her being gay and acting on her desires openly) has allowed Cho to be a mother herself, but in a different way.

“It is so weird, my life, because I’m like a mother to people,” Cho said. “I see kids and people rejected and thrown out by their families; I’ve come to parent them, to be like a mother to them.”

Cho believes it is really important for adults to develop parenting qualities.

“Gay kids get kicked out and I end up parenting by default,” she said. “If we could tackle this problem, I think things could be a whole hell of a lot better.”

MOTHER continues Cho’s long string off success in comedy on screen and stage. In 1994, Cho won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian. Her most recent role was playing paralegal assistant Teri Lee on Lifetime Network’s Drop Dead Diva.

The show was recently canceled by the network. When asked about it, Cho replied that it “is but it isn’t.”

“There are other things in play that we (the cast) don’t know about,” she said. “The entertainment media is often skewed or wrong. Entertainment is constantly changing so there’s no way to really tell what’s going on.”

Showtime on Sunday is 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at Kravis.org.


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