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Margaret Cho serves notice on homophobic (and cock-fearing), misogynistic (and
As a political satirist and progressive moral voice in the conservative wilderness, Cho has matured wonderfully since her first one-woman comic live concert recording of Im the One That I Want (2000). Five years ago, network television launched her in an ill-fated sitcom All-American Girl, where she played herself, a young Korean-American woman. Unfortunately, she was too fat and not Asian enough to be herself, and the show was quickly canceled. Cho came back from a humiliating defeat to reclaim her own voice and her self-esteem. Her brutal honesty and lacerating wit helped get her through, and launched a career as exciting and promising as Lenny Bruces once was.
In the recordings of her next two live concerts, Notorious C.H.O. (2002) and Cho Revolution (2004), Cho let loose the acerbic dogs of sexual hell on her adoring audiences. Her trademark multicultural, pansexual, life-affirming dirty talk is in a class of its own and, clearly, is a transformative force in the history of stand-up comedy and free speech. Her description-cum-portrayal, in the current release Assassin, of the liberated womens collective vagina hurricane blowing
In Assassin, Cho revisits some of her favorite subject matter raunchy sex, the manners and mores of gay men, Americas fear of women and their vaginas. She redoubles her invectives against the religious and political right with a fearlessness that is breathtaking. As a social outsider several times over, she goes where Michael Moore can only dream of. As the brazen moral bankruptcy of the current Bush administration polarizes Americans to a degree not seen since the darkest years of
- Les Wright