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A Roundtable Discussion with
The "Notorious" Margaret Cho
(Part 2 of 2)

("Notorious C.H.O.")

by Lia Chang

AsianConnections' Lia Chang caught up with Margaret Cho in New York July 1 on the premiere of her new concert film "Notorious C.H.O." - a follow-up to her hit concert film "I'm the One that I Want." "Notorious C.H.O." filmed live in Seattle, is a hilarious, bawdy one-woman show inspired by the raw comedy of Richard Pryor, George Carlin and the female machismo of rap music divas L'il Kim and Eve.

At the press roundtable Margaret shares her thoughts about growing up as a "dorky" kid, her role models, racism in Hollywood, and how she has finally achieved both personal and career success.

The film debuted in Los Angeles and New York and will follow with a national release through Wellspring. "Notorious C.H.O." is also released as a CD, "The Notorious C.H.O. at Carnegie Hall" is available through Nettwerk America. For more information on the film, visit www.margaretcho.com

The "Notorious" Margaret Cho standing next to the poster of her latest film

Yeah, he's great. I think he's very funny. He's so incredibly bright. And he's really powerful and political and honest. I love what he's doing. I think that he's really, really enjoying it. And I'm very proud of him.

He really likes my work. We have a great mutual love for comedy.

 

I don't think it's gotten that much better. I don't think racially things have changed all that much. I think that there has been a few instances where people have done shows - there are one or two shows that are great racially. I think ER does a really great job. I think there are a couple of shows that have really shown that they can be multi-cultural and really work. But I don't think it helped that much overall. I don't think anything has changed that much.

 

Sometimes when I haven't performed a show in a long time - it's rare when I'm on tour because when I'm on tour, I do the show as it is for months at a time. And it's just solid and it's just like a Broadway show or something, and it's just, "That's it!" and it just goes. But when I"m writing, certainly when I'm going through the writing process of developing a new show, I'll write -- I have no idea what's going to happen. I have no idea what's going on. It's very scary. Because there's always people that

AsianConnections Team Correspondent Lia Chang (left) is an accomplished stage, screen and TV actress, photographer and writer based in New York City. AsianConnections wishes to thank Lia, Margaret Cho, and AC's Suzanne Kai (middle) and Paul Lee (right) for their generous time and efforts in making this interview possible.



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