I don’t normally follow comedy too closely, but when I saw a poster for Margaret Cho at Helium Comedy Club, I jumped at the chance to see her. I have followed her stand-up and television career since the 90s. The three time Grammy and Emmy nominee has truly become an icon in her own right. The 46-year-old comedian is known for her jokes about her Korean heritage and bisexuality; she delved deep into these topics in her performance last night at Helium Comedy Club.
Comedian Kate Willett opened. Her brief performance was the perfect warm-up for the comedic force that is Cho. She joked about sex and promiscuity, which seemed tame in comparison to what was ahead.
Margaret entered the stage to an enthusiastic sold out venue. She wore cargo pants and long sleeved shirt. Her hair was down and she didn’t appear to be wearing any makeup. One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Margaret Cho is her causal appearance on stage. I don’t know if she’s making a statement about femininity or if she’s just comfortable, but it’s refreshing to see a female in the entertainment industry not let their appearance outshine their talent and capability. This is also one of the many things that makes Margaret seem so down to earth and likable.
One thing that sets Margaret apart from other comedians is her ability to joke about such serious topics as rape, gay bashing, homelessness and violence against women while making it clear where she stands on each topic. She may be a comedian, but it’s obvious what she feels passionate about. She even touched on the death of fellow comedians and friends Joan Rivers and Robin Williams, her divorce, and her decision to try to have a baby. Nothing is off limits with Cho and that’s what makes her so terrific. If you get the opportunity to see her live, I highly recommend you do.
Margaret Cho will be at Helium Today 3/3 and Wednesday 3/4, but tickets are sold out. Check out her new late night talk show All About Sex which airs on TLC every Saturday night at 11pm.