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Wiseguys Comedy: Margaret Cho

When Margaret Cho apes her mother, affecting a menacing but matronly growl, she gets big laughs. Speaking from her Atlanta home, Cho says her mother is “into it” and “loves” the attention. This is good, because Seung-Hoon Cho is her daughter's frequent muse--and a chief inspiration for Margaret Cho's new stand-up show, Mother.

Cho doesn't mine only Mama for material; she's a well-known LGBT-rights activist, and that also plays into Mother. On, she calls the show “an untraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture.” Notorious for her maximum raunch, Cho says Mother is “probably my edgiest show to date, filled with riotous observations on race, drugs, sexuality … celebrity, culture, politics--nothing is sacred.”

Notwithstanding her proclamation, Cho holds motherhood in high esteem. She may jab at adoptive parents like Angelina Jolie, but admires them for taking on the responsibility. Will Cho ever make the leap into parenthood, and inspire her own child? “It's something I definitely would do,” she says, “but it hasn't happened yet.” Asked whether she'll come armed with Mormon jokes, since most members of the LDS Church are big on families and down on LGBT marriage and parenting, Cho stays mum. However, she does say, “Whenever I go there, people want to talk about how they did their missionary work in Korea. I haven't been moved to convert, but it's great that they have that connection with the country.” Maybe the feisty comic wants to keep the element of surprise. (Randy Harward)

Date: Sep 5, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-463-2909
Address: 2194 West 3500 South, Salt Lake City, 84119
Where: Wiseguys Comedy West Valley