An Intimate Evening with Margaret Cho

July 13th at Lisner Auditorium:
A Benefit Concert for LGBT Health Policy & Practice at the George Washington University 

 

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Margaret Cho LGBT Health Benefit in the Media

Event Description

Margaret Cho hardly needs an introduction, especially in the LGBT community. Ms. Cho has long been a staunch supporter of LGBT causes. She has graciously agreed to perform a show to benefit LGBT Health Policy & Practice during our 2017 summer residency as we celebrate the 5th cohort of students in the program. Proceeds will go to support program activities, curriculum development, and student scholarships. 

Margaret Cho has already firmly cemented her reputation as one of the greats of stand up comedy, appearing on televisionin movies, and releasing numerous popular books and concert videos. Later this summer she will launch her new tour "Psycho". ("There is no 'I' in Team, but there is a 'Cho' in Psycho!).  You will be among the first to see her new material before the start of the "Psycho" tour. Cho's biting humor laced with social commentary on gender, sexuality, and race have taken on a new urgency in the socio-political climate we find ourselves in today. Madame Cho has always spoken up for and supported LGBT causes. We are proud that she has chosen to support LGBT Health Policy and Practice with this very special, one-time performance, "An Intimate Evening with Margaret Cho".     

Quoting from Ms. Cho's website

Soon after starting her Stand Up career, Margaret won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and, still in her early twenties, hit the college circuit, where she immediately became the most booked act in the market and garnered a nomination for “Campus Comedian of The Year.” She performed over 300 concerts within two years. Arsenio Hall introduced her to late night audiences, Bob Hope put her on a prime time special and, seemingly overnight, Margaret Cho became a national celebrity.

Her groundbreaking, controversial, and short-lived ABC sitcom, All-American Girl (1994) soon followed. Oddly, while chosen because of who she was – a non-conformist Korean American woman with liberal views – the powers-that-be decided they preferred for Margaret to “tone it down” for the show. She soon realized that though she was an Executive Producer, this would be a battle she could not win. “For fear of being too “ethnic,” the show got so watered down for television that by the end, it was completely lacking in the essence of what I wanted to accomplish.”

In 1999, her groundbreaking, off Broadway one-woman show, I’m The One That I Want, toured the country to national acclaim and was made into a best-selling book and feature film of the same name. In 2001, after the success of her first tour, Maragaret launched Notorious C.H.O., a smash-hit 37-city national tour that culminated in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Notorious C.H.O., hailed by the New York Times as “Brilliant,” was recorded and released as a feature film.

 

 

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