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.
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
"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.
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