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Margaret Cho: Psycho

Beginning with her early days on the scene in SoCal, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the “Agent Provocateur” of stand up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even 'taboo' topic, there are no subjects off limit. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her a thought leader to those with open minds and open hearts. Margaret’s latest show, which the New York Times calls “wildly kinetic,” is psyCHO. Filmed at the beautiful Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Says Cho, “This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.” Before filming began, Margaret was spending much of her time mourning her “father in comedy,” Robin Williams. “I found I couldn’t stop grieving Robin. He was an incredible person and an amazing advocate for homeless people, raising over 70 million dollars through the Comic Relief comedy Specials.” When she couldn’t get over the sadness of his passing, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin’. The hashtag was born as Margaret began performing around San Francisco to raise both awareness and money for the homeless community. By letting fans know where she’d be via her Facebook and Twitter pages. Margaret and friends would perform for a few hours and let people know ‘If you have, give; if you need, take.’ It went better than she could have ever expected. “The generosity of people amazed me. Hairdressers and nail technicians came down to give services, we had incredible food donations, sanitary supplies for women, clothing, money and more.” The GoFundMe page Margaret set up at has raised over $20,000 in donations. Shortly after Robin’s death, Margaret’s “mother in comedy,” Joan Rivers, passed away (“but my Korean parents – totally healthy!”). Joan and Margaret were very close for over 20 years, with Joan saying that she saw a lot of herself in Margaret. “I miss Joan a lot, I want to hear what she would have had to say about things. Joan was really my ‘last resort.’ Everyone should have that; I could go to her and she’d always make me feel better." psyCHO “has a lot to do with anger, rage and blood letting.” From singlehood to Boko Haram to Bruce Jenner’s transition to female empowerment (and a magical music performance), Margaret tackles difficult subjects with sensitivity and razor sharp insight. A pioneer amongst women in comedy, Margaret doesn’t take anything for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people who feel disenfranchised. The audience at my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans. I seem to be a secure alternative for people who don’t think they’re being represented in society. They come because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there, and that makes me really proud.”
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