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Monday, December 13, 2010

Margaret Cho filmed her latest comedy special at the Tabernacle Sunday night

Margaret Cho is the blackest person in Peachtree City. Or so she announced at the Atlanta stop of her Cho Dependent tour at the Tabernacle Sunday night. Having moved to PTC for the filming of the TV-show "Drop Dead Diva," the Korean comedian has become something of an Atlantan. We're as thankful as she is when she's ITP. So much so that her Tabernacle performance, the last stop of the tour, was filmed for her upcoming DVD. We're ready for our close-up, Margaret!

Cho catapulted to fame in the '90s for her show "All American Girl," one of the first programs to feature an Asian-American star. It was short-lived, however, and it seems Margaret never got over it. It has been mentioned in nearly all of her stand-up specials, including last night's. Cho's weight issues and feelings on personal beauty (her family and the entertainment industry never thought she was pretty) are also a constant topic. Cho has created her own living narrative, and the character she's concocted is raunchy and gay-obsessed.

Despite a history of body image issues, Cho looked fabulous last night. Must be those hours on "Dancing With the Stars" alongside new-found rival Bristol Palin. In a very Kathy Griffin-esque opening act, Cho described her celebrity feud with Bristol, who she claims was forced by her mother into doing the show to make up for losing the 2008 election.

Soon Cho got into her classic lowbrow material. Pussy, dick, fart, queef jokes galore: "I will DIE before I queef...Rest in Queef." Of course her mom impression came out, complete with her twisted, pushed-back face. Her mom, she said, professed that seeing Cho struggle on her favorite show "Dancing With the Stars" was harder than going through the Korean War.

Cho's opening act was comedian John Roberts, famous for the instantly-classic viral video "My Son is Gay." During Cho's set, Margaret as her mom and Roberts as his mom performed an electro-rap about the hotness of their pussies. Peaches would be proud. The show featured Cho's new venture into comedy songs, and believe it or not, her voice is actually pretty good.

Unlike many other female comedians, Cho has always been outspokenly political. It kind of makes sense then that she'd identify so much with Atlanta, a city that will never ever be politically complacent. She talked about how much she hated the homophobic ways of small towns like Peachtree City; how uncomfortable she feels as a minority at rich, white events like the Steeplechase; how small town Southern gays should just come out ("being a gay man is nearing the end of the reincarnation cycle"); and how over-the-hill Clermont Lounge stripper Blondie is her sexual idol. But really, isn't Blondie everyone's idol?

Cho loves the gay community and talking about her own rampant sexuality, but I'm confused: isn't she married? She's so honest and forthcoming with her feelings and fears, but didn't she say in interviews that she's a conservative-acting wife now? I get the feeling her hypersexual persona may just be a character in her story, but that's okay—the crowd didn't stop laughing once.

The show was filmed for her upcoming tour DVD, but the set-up at the Tabernacle with plastic folding chairs seemed unfitting for someone as prolific as Cho. Her last song, a doo-wop ode to how much she loves dick, was repeated three times for DVD purposes. Many people left and seats were open for her big recorded encore, but those who stayed, like me, ate it up. "You know who really loves dick?" Cho asked. "The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus!" Up went the curtains to reveal what must have been 30 of the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus in tuxedos chanting "I love dick."

It was an epic ending to a big night. Margaret is 42, but like her idol Blondie, she'll no doubt be telling dick jokes well into retirement.

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