Just in time for the holidays, famed comedienne, actress and burgeoning rock goddess Margaret Cho confers a bounteous gift upon us all—a Los Angeles date for her latest stand-up comedy tour, Mother. With the new set’s practically menacing tagline—“Nothing is sacred. Least of all this.”—rest assured that the pull-no-punches version of Cho we know and love has returned to the stage, prepared to deliver her trademark blend of acerbic wit and progressive activism.
When I recently spoke to Margaret Cho via telephone, she was taking a breather in Los Angeles between tour dates that since last year have stretched her from the Australian Outback to America’s Southern states. It’s a large-scale tour, no doubt. After her upcoming Dec. 6 date at The Wiltern, Cho has her sights set on Europe, with stops planned in Germany, Switzerland and the Scandinavian nations before returning to North America for a five-month furlough (not to be confused with time off, as she’ll be filming the show Drop Dead Diva) and then another round of gigs. Oh, and there’s likely to be a filmed special thrown in there as well. Resting on her laurels Margaret Cho is not.
This tour shines its spotlight on a comic standing at the height of her own enlightenment, hence the name Mother, which Cho considers reflective of “the wisdom that you’ve earned through hardship.” Many would surely consider the badge ‘mother’ a daunting one, but Cho takes on the role gladly. “I think the word ‘mother’—it’s what I am now. I’m like the mother fag hag because I’ve been through everything, and people can come to me with their problems. I love being that image.”