The outspoken comic performs at the Tropicana Feb. 2
Outspoken, uninhibited, and always hilarious, Margaret Cho is one of the most notable names in the world of comedy today. Having received an Emmy nod for her guest performance on 30 Rock, starring in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, and recently nabbing her third Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for Cho Dependent: Live in Concert, this funny lady has proven her endless talent in an array of areas. While exceedingly successful as a comedian, Cho is also a dedicated activist for anti-bullying, anti-racism, and gay rights, and has been recognized by multiple organizations including GLAAD and NOW. September 2012 marked the newest endeavor for the comic as she embarked on her latest stand-up tour titled “Mother,” in which Cho serves up a non-traditional observation of motherhood, as well as topics such as race, drugs, politics, and sexuality. Before her show makes a stop in Atlantic City (Feb. 2, Tropicana), Cho took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to AC Weekly.
What can audiences expect from “Mother”?
There are a lot of things. I talk about my mom, I talk about her a lot and I portray her with my accent, that’s just something that’s been a reference for a lot of people for a long time. But I talk about everything. I’ve found that people just relate to me. People relate to me kind of better. Even though I’m not a mother myself, I’m at the age now where people kind of look at me in that way. I’m at that maternal age now that I’m 40. And people relate to me as a mother figure. So the show is not necessarily my own mother, or me as a mother, it’s the way that people perceive and relate to me and all women as maternal and motherly.
One of the things people love about you is your honesty. How do you find the courage to be so open and outspoken?
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