Comedian Margaret Cho is a groundbreaking stand-up comedian who harnessed her identity as a queer woman of color to power her comedic voice and hit racism, homophobia and stereotypes head on.
Born and raised by Korean immigrant parents in San Francisco, California, Cho's community was deeply impacted by the AIDS crisis; today she remains incredibly active in gay rights campaigns, but it was also at AIDS benefits where Cho first began performing as a teen.
By her twenties, Cho was starring in her own ABC TV sitcom "All-American Girl," the first show of its kind to focus on an Asian-American family. Still, the show became more of a watered down vision of the network's than Cho's own voice. It was canceled after only one season.
Although a huge failure for Cho, she has since learned to run uncompromisingly with her own voice. Her 1999 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. Several acclaimed tours have since followed including Notorious C.H.O., Revolution, Beautiful, Cho Dependent, and her most recent MOTHER, which is currently touring.