Margaret Cho was born on December 5, 1968 in San Francisco, California. After being expelled from Lowell High School, Cho auditioned for and was excepted into the San Francisco School of Arts, which she later graduated from. After high school, she attended San Francisco State University, where she studied drama, but eventually dropped out. She began her stand up career performing at a club that was right next-door to her parent’s bookstore. Cho slowly began to build recognition through appearances on college campuses and small roles on television. By 1994, she won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian. That same year, she developed a sitcom with ABC that was based around her stand up. The show, “All American Girl”, lasted 19 episodes. Years later, Cho wrote about her struggles with the show in her one woman show, “I’m the One that I Want”. It was well received critically and was named one of the greatest performances of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The following year, she released an autobiography with the same title. Since then, Cho has received many accolades in and out of the entertainment industry. She’s had multiple appearances in television and film, all the while continuing to release standup specials and tour the country.
This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at the work of Margaret Cho. Not only is she politically active and an avid ally of the LGBT community, but she is also a veteran of the comedy scene and is a great example of a comic who is able to do more for an audience than just make them laugh. Her ability to make light of her darkest experiences helps to bring relief, as well as enjoyment, to her fans and has helped pave the way for many comedians today.
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