The Carolina Theatre will present Margaret Cho’s Cho Dependent Tour, co-starring actor and comedian John Roberts, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19th, in Fletcher Hall in downtown Durham, NC. Born on Dec. 5, 1968 in San Francisco, CA, the always provocative, openly bisexual 41-year-old Korean-American comedienne, author, and political activist currently calls Peachtree City, GA (population 31,580 in 2000) home.
According to The Carolina Theatre:
“Margaret Cho brings her trademark raunchy, socially relevant, and politically-charged comedy to The Carolina Theatre [on] Friday …. [Her] new show, Cho Dependent, is an exciting mix of fresh stand-up and her hilarious brand of live music. Her music-comedy album by the same name [was] release[d] on Aug. 24th.
“Music is a new endeavor for the provocative comedian, who’s built a cult following through tours, concert films and TV specials. Cho is currently starring in the critically acclaimed and popular dramatic series, ‘Drop Dead Diva’; the second season began this [past] June on Lifetime.
“[Margaret] Cho began performing stand-up at age 16 in a comedy club called The Rose & Thistle above a bookstore her parents ran. Soon after, she won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld.
“Still in her early twenties, she hit the college circuit, where she immediately became one the most booked acts in the nation and garnered a nomination for Campus Comedian of the Year. 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.
“In 1999, Cho chronicled her experience on the sitcom in an off-Broadway one-woman show called I’m the One That I Want. The show was extremely well received, toured the US, and was made into a concert film and a best-selling book of the same name. The film, which garnered incredible reviews, broke the record for the most money grossed per print in film history. After the success of her first show, Margaret [Cho] launched Notorious C.H.O. in 2001, a smash-hit 37-city national tour that culminated in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall.
“[Cho] embarked on her third sold-out national tour, Revolution, in 2003. The tour ultimately grossed $4.4 million and was heralded as ‘Her strongest show yet!’ by the Chicago Sun-Times. The CD of Revolution was nominated for a Grammy for best comedy album of the year for 2003.
“In 2004, Margaret [Cho] took her politically charged State of Emergency tour through the swing states of the Presidential election. State of Emergency eventually evolved into her fourth national show, Assassin. Her most political and topical work to date, Assassin toured the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
“In 2008, after a short hiatus from standup, [Margaret] Cho returned to her roots with her tour, Beautiful, which premiered in Australia at The Sydney Theater.
“Cho is the recipient of the Victory Fund’s 2008 Leadership Award and the first ever Best Comedy Performance Award at the 2007 Asian Excellence Awards. She also received the First Amendment Award from the ACLU of Southern California and the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW).
“Throughout her career, she has been honored by GLAAD [Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and PFLAG [Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays] for making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
“[Margaret] Cho reflects, ‘I didn’t mean to be a role model. I just speak my truth. I guess speaking from your heart really creates a huge impact, and if I can encourage people to do that, then I would love to be a role model. If I could encourage people to use their voices loudly, then that’s my reward. I don’t care about winning an academy award; I don’t care about mainstream acceptance, because it’s never going to be what I want it to be. I just want to do my work and love it.'”
According to actor and comedian John Roberts’ website:
“John Roberts has been wowing audiences with his live performance skills and original character work across the country and on television. He provides the voice of Linda in the upcoming Fox animated primetime comedy ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ premiering January 2011. He has appeared on ‘Good Day NY’ and MTV’s ‘It’s On with Alexa Chung,’ and has a recurring role as Jimmy’s mom on NBC’s ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’ He is currently developing a pilot for MTV.
“Even with all that, John [Roberts] is just getting warmed up! He formed the band Opti-Grab, which went on to play with such acts as Blondie, Gogol Bordello, Scissor Sisters, and Tom Tom Club. He has worked with Debbie Harry, Jack Pierson, and The Ones in several musical collaborations. In April 2009, John [Roberts] performed ‘Jersey Days,’ a brand-new one-man show, at Ars Nova, co-written with Bob Odenkirk and produced by Jim Biederman. This fall, he performed in a national tour with Margaret Cho and hosted a monthly show at Comix in NYC, featuring guests like David Cross, Kristen Schaal, and Eugene Mirman.
“John [Roberts] first gained attention as one of the standout performer/writers on YouTube. His first viral video ‘The Christmas Tree’ was hailed as an instant comedy classic. It was nominated for a broadband Emmy award and was featured on VH1’s ‘Best Week Ever,’ Comedy Central ‘Insider,’ and countless other blogs and websites. The follow-up ‘Jackie & Debra’ won The Comedy Smalls award in London, was featured on YouTube, and has a huge cult following both young and old. He has over 10 million hits on YouTube and counting.”
The Carolina Theatre presents MARGARET CHO’S CHO DEPENDENT TOUR at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in Fletcher Hall, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $37-$47 ($31 Carolina Star Members and groups).
BOX OFFICE: Carolina Theatre Box Office: 888/241-8162, 919/560-3030, or http://www.carolinatheatre.org/tickets/. Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/114779/784761.
VIDEO PREVIEW: Margaret Cho: http://www.youtube.com/user/mcho88 (YouTube channel). John Roberts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnRoberts?blend=2&ob=1 (YouTube channel).
The Tour: http://www.margaretcho.com/content/tour/ (official web page).
Margaret Cho: http://www.margaretcho.com/ (official website), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Cho (Wikipedia), and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0158632/ (Internet Movie Database).
John Roberts: http://www.thejohnroberts.com/ (official website).
Robert W. McDowell is editor and publisher of Triangle Theater Review, a FREE weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter that provides more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater than all of the other news media combined. This review is reprinted with permission from Triangle Theater Review.
To start your FREE subscription to this newsletter, e-mail RobertM748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TTR in the Subject: line.
To read all of Robert W. McDowell’s Triangle Theater Review previews and reviews online at Triangle Arts & Entertainment, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/robert-w-mcdowell/.