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Margaret Cho Talks Stand-up Comedian Journey

The Korean-American comes to Hong Kong for her first Asia tour.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2016, 11:28am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:58pm

You are finally coming to Asia! What took you so long? I really don't know! But I am really excited that I get to come now. I have toured everywhere else! Hopefully I can come to Asia regularly now, like I do with Australia and Europe.

How did you get your start in the comedy scene? I have been a comedian for over 30 years. I started as a kid, basically. I really knew that this was what I wanted to do. I became a comedian in order to escape my own childhood. It was the fastest way to becoming an adult. I think that it saved my life.

How does comedy make you a better person? I think that it makes you more apt to listen, to others and to yourself. Comedians must pay attention—then point out what others haven't noticed. That is what comedy is ultimately about—giving voice to what lies just beneath the surface of the world.

Where does your humor come from? I am very in tune with everything around me, and so inspiration comes from everything and everywhere. I try to be open to it! I am constantly writing and thinking about my work, whether that is jokes, songs or scripts.

What inspired your “Psycho Tour”? How crazy is it gonna be? It's best if it's crazier! It is a show about the healing nature of anger and it should be crazy and uplifting. We are often told to forgive, but I don't believe in forgiveness. I don't want to take the high road. I don't want to be the better person. I think that this itself is funny, like a rebellion against the nature of peace, but it ends in a peaceful conclusion. You get your feelings expressed. You get the anger out—and that is healing.

Do you think you’re an angry person? How do you cope with it? I actually don't think I am an angry person at all, because I have let it all go—its fun to just let it burn brightly and then it's gone.

How is this show different from your shows in the past? It's always new material, but this show goes a lot deeper. I am grateful that I can go into areas that are not traditionally comedy “zones.” I feel like I am onto something really great!