Margaret Cho

Comedian, Actor, Bookstore clerk
An acid-tongued performer who often let loose her rage at conservative politicians, gay bashers and anti-feminists on stage, Margaret Cho still managed to endear herself to audiences through her deeply personal stories ... Read more »
Born: 12/04/1968 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

Margaret Cho: psyCHO 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

Cabot College 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Lucky 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Do I Sound Gay? 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Nobody Knows Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Senior Project 2015 (Movie)

Ms. Ghetty (Actor)

Wife Swap 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Pioneers of Television 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Sullivan & Son 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undateable John 2014 (Movie)

Hilda (Actor)

The Burn with Jeff Ross 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wedding Palace 2013 (Movie)

The Shaman (Actor)

30 Rock 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Best Ink 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

It Gets Better 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Critic 1993 - 1994, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Mortified Sessions 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cho Dependent 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Dancing With the Stars 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Representation 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

17 Again 2009 (Movie)

Mrs Dell (Actor)

George Carlin: Mark Twain Prize 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Groomer Has It 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Margaret Cho: Beautiful 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Family Feud 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Falling for Grace 2008 (Movie)

Janie (Actor)

One Missed Call 2008 (Movie)

Mickey Lee (Actor)

The ACLU Freedom Files 2005 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cho Show 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Snake 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

'Til Death 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The List 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Bam Bam and Celeste 2006 (Movie)

Celeste (Actor)

The Lost Room 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

My Name is Jackie Beat 2005 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Margaret Cho: Revolution 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Anna Nicole Show Holiday Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Life 360 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Notorious C.H.O. 2002 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

One on One 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

I'm The One That I Want 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Maternity Ward: Every Stitch Counts 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Spent 2000 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

The Tavern 2000 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Can't Stop Dancing 1999 (Movie)

JoJo (Actor)

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

C-Bear and Jamal 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Comics Come Home 3 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ground Control 1998 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Pink as the Day She Was Born 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pulp Comic: Margaret Cho 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweethearts 1998 (Movie)

Noreen (Actor)

The Rugrats Movie 1998 (Movie)

of Lieutenant Klavin (Voice)

Face/Off 1997 (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

Fakin' Da Funk 1997 (Movie)

May-Ling (Actor)

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Charlene Lee (Actor)

Out There in Hollywood 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

All-American Girl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Product 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doom Generation 1995 (Movie)

Clerk's Wife (Actor)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

2nd Admissions Nurse (Actor)

Aspen Comedy Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Margaret Cho 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Pair of Jokers: Margaret Cho & Bobby Collins 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Townsend Television 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Six Comics in Search of a Generation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am Comic (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (6)

Bam Bam and Celeste 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour 2005 (Movie)

(from stand-up routine) (Source Material)

Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Margaret Cho: Revolution 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Notorious C.H.O. 2002 (Movie)

(from One-Woman Show) (Screenplay)

I'm The One That I Want 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

Bam Bam and Celeste 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Margaret Cho: Revolution 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Notorious C.H.O. 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I'm The One That I Want 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

An acid-tongued performer who often let loose her rage at conservative politicians, gay bashers and anti-feminists on stage, Margaret Cho still managed to endear herself to audiences through her deeply personal stories. She rose to fame as a loud, brutally honest comic who shattered the media's stereotypes of Asian women as polite, bow-scraping servants, and whose style and presence was once compared to comedy icon Richard Pryor. The comedienne would go on to star on the short-lived series "All-American Girl" (1994-95), a harrowing experience she recounted in her concert film, "I'm the One that I Want" (2000). The show was the first in a series of many sold-out performances showcasing Cho's raunchy, in-your-face riffs about sex, bodily functions, ethnic myths, drag queens, and more. Beginning with "Notorious C.H.O." (2002), her stand-up acts tackled more political issues, but the one theme that always garnered the most laughs was Cho's hilarious impressions of her Korean mother. Cho's second foray into network television was more successful; she starred on the reality series, "The Cho Show" (VH1, 2008), and was a regular on Lifetime's hit comedy, "Drop Dead Diva" (2009- ). In 2010, Cho showed off her dancing skills on ABC's popular series "Dancing with the Stars" (2005- ), and took her act on the road with "Cho Dependent," another gut-busting concert tour from one of comedy's most talented, inspirational and fearless performers.

Relationships

Seung-Hoon Cho

Father
Born c. 1939 came to US in 1964 as a college student with wife, owned a bookstore on San Francisco's Polk Street writes joke books as well as a newspaper column in Seoul, South Korea

Young-Hie Cho

Mother
Born c. 1940 came to US in 1964 as a college student with husband, ran a bookstore on San Francisco's Polk Street

Hahn Cho

Brother

Chris Isaak Actor

Companion
Previously dated no longer together

Alan Ridenour Actor

Husband
Married in 2003 an artist involved in the production of Cacophony Society and the Art of Bleeding

Scott Silverman

Companion
Cho calls him her 'Partner in Life'

Quentin Tarantino Actor

Companion
Tarantino guest starred on Cho's sitcom "All American Girl" (ABC) in 1995 No longer together

Garrett Wang Actor

Companion
Made appearance on Cho's sitcom "All American Girl" (ABC)

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California 1988

School of the Arts High School

San Francisco , California

Milestones

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for her comedy album, Cho Dependent

2010

Joined the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) as a contestant

2009

Co-starred opposite Brooke Elliott on the Lifetime comedy series "Drop Dead Diva"

2009

Appeared in the comedy "17 Again," starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron

2008

Returned to series TV as the star of VH1's "The Cho Show"

2007

Hosted the summer's True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure

2005

Headlined (also produced) the live concert film "Margaret Cho: Assassin"

2005

Wrote first feature, the low-budget comedy "Bam Bam and Celeste"; shared writing credit with with friend and co-touring act Bruce Daniels; film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

2003

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, for Revolution

2002

Released her live concert film "The Notorious C.H.O." in theaters

2001

Guest-starred on an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City" as a fashion show director

2001

Toured with new comedy show "The Notorious C.H.O."

1999

Made New York theatrical debut with the Off-Off-Broadway show "I'm the One That I Want"; filmed for release in 2000

1997

Appeared opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the action drama "Face/Off"

1996

Appeared in the AIDS-themed feature "It's My Party"

1994

Headlined the cable showcase, ""HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Margaret Cho"

1994

Made feature debut in "Angie" starring Geena Davis in the title role

1994

Starred in the ABC sitcom, "All-American Girl," becoming the first Asian-American to have the lead role in a sitcom

1994

Spoofed CBS news anchor Connie Chung on "Tonya: The Battle of Wounded Knee," a segment of the Julie Brown special, "Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women"

1993

Featured in the Showtime comedy special "Pair of Jokers: Margaret Cho & Bobby Collins"

1992

Made TV debut in the CBS short-lived spin-off, "The Golden Palace"

1992

Appeared as one of "Six Comics in Search of a Generation" (Lifetime)

1992

Appeared on the NBC comedy special "Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter"

1991

Launched her stand-up comedy career with a stint on "Star Search"

1991

Moved to Los Angeles

1991

Named West Coast Division Champion of the US College Comedy Competition

1989

Began performing stand-up comedy at Rose & Thistle, a club above her parents' bookstore

1981

Began performing in children's theater at age 13

1979

Changed her first name from Moran to Margaret at age ten

Performed in the San Francisco comedy houses, The Improv and The Punchline

Auditioned for admission to San Francisco's High School of the Performing Arts by performing an Ophelia soliloquy from "Hamlet"

Encouraged by her parents to study voice, dance and piano

Bonus Trivia

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Website is www.margaretcho.com

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"I've seen people at my shows that used to beat me up as a kid, because I was a terrible misfit. Now I'm so vindictive, and it's a joy. The people who took my lunch money are now paying to hear me talk about them on stage. That's the best." – Cho to The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 1, 1994

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"What Asian role models were there when I grew up? There was that lady who said, 'Ancient Chinese secret, huh?' And there was that show 'Kung Fu.' But they should have called it 'That Guy's Not Chinese.'" – Cho quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, May 19, 1994

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"I think L.A. sex clubs are stylish. They've become so suburban now that, like suburbans homes, they serve really good food, from home-baked chocolate chip cookies to cornbread." – Cho to Movieline, Sept. 2002

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"I think its very appealing when people relate to each other with honesty and respect. Of course, that's also how you get the most action." – Cho on the best pick up lines, quoted in Vibe magazine, Oct. 2002

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