Margaret Cho

Biography

Date of Birth 5 December 1968, San Francisco, California, USA Birth Name Margaret Moran Cho Height 5' 5" (1.65 m) Spouse Al Ridenour (13 June 2003 - present) Trivia Her mother was unable to provide for Margaret on her own, so she sent Margaret to Korea to live with her father and grandparents. Just 3 days after she was born, her father was deported because he failed to obtain a work permit -- her mother was allowed to remain in San Francisco. Kicked out of Lowell High School because she had a 0.60 GPA, but was later accepted to McAteer High School for the Performing Arts. Her parents moved to San Francisco from Seoul, Korea in 1964. At age 16 started doing stand up comedy. Traveled widely with Janeane Garofalo on the comedy club circuit. They blamed each other for their bad smoking habits. Was the star of the first sitcom to feature an all Asian-American cast (which was based on her own life and stand-up comedy act.) Lost 30 pounds in two weeks before the filming of the debut episode of "All-American Girl" (1994). The night after completing filming, her kidneys collapsed causing her to be hospitalized. Was hired to play a TV version of herself, but then forced to both lose weight and act "more Asian". Several episodes later was instructed to act "less Asian." Is a fan of adult film actor Jeff Stryker. She has spoken admiringly of him in some of her stand up monologues. Favorite band is Canadian group Broken Social Scene. Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time". Personal Quotes If you say you're not a feminist, you're almost denying your own existence. To be a feminist is to be alive. [on her June 2003 marriage to artist/writer Al Ridenour]: "It's not a traditional situation. It's not a committed marriage. We're just friends who share space. My parents don't understand it. They just send us Yahoo E-cards wishing us well." It is tragic that people who are incarcerated are unable to vote. They are probably the most important voices to listen to because they can tell us what we need to change. Yet they are arbitrarily silenced, as if forfeiting their right to vote punishes them. In truth, it punishes the rest of us because it turns the right into a privilege. Whenever privilege is introduced, there are problems. We cannot afford any more problems. Being called ugly and fat and disgusting to look at from the time I could barely understand what the words meant has scarred me so deep inside that I have learned to hunt, stalk, claim, own and defend my own loveliness.

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Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O.

Herself

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Margaret Cho Collection

Herself

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Margaret Cho: Revolution

Herself

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All American Girl

Margaret Kim (19 episodes, 1994-1995)

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Nobody Knows Anything

Rental Car Agent

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Bam Bam & Celeste

Celeste / Mommy

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Call Me Lucky

Herself

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Do I Sound Gay?

Herself

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Fire Island

Erin

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Sweethearts

Noreen

Starring In
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A Big Gay Hairy Hit! Where the Bears Are: The Documentary

Self

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Prom Pact

Ms. Chen

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The Improv: 60 and Still Standing

Self (archive footage)

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The Listener

Corinne

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Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live

Self

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Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration

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Fire Island

Erin

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Sex Appeal

Ma Deb

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The Sixth Reel

Doris

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Good on Paper

Margot

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Hysterical

Self

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Tig Notaro: Drawn

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Over the Moon

Auntie Ling (voice)

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Friendsgiving

Fairy Gay Mother #1

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Faith Based

Jane

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Bright

Sergeant Ching

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Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

Simone

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Alaska Is a Drag

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Self - Comedian

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Hurricane Bianca

Wig Shop Owner

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Call Me Lucky

Herself

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Tooken

Brownfinger

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Do I Sound Gay?

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Margaret Cho: PsyCHO

Self

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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

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I Am Comic

Self

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17 Again

Mrs. Dell

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Prop 8: The Musical

California Gays and The People That Love Them

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One Missed Call

Mickey Lee

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Rick and Steve: The Complete Second Season

Condie Ling / ... (9 episodes, 2007-2009)

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Falling for Grace

Janie

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'Til Death: The Complete Second Season

Nicole (3 episodes, 2007)

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Bam Bam & Celeste

Celeste / Mommy

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Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!

Herself

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Nobody Knows Anything

Rental Car Agent

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Margaret Cho: Revolution

Herself

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Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O.

Herself

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Margaret Cho Collection

Herself

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Get Bruce - Mit der Lizenz zum Lachen

Herself

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The Tavern

Carol

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The Rugrats Movie

Lt. Klavin (voice)

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Ground Control

Amanda

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Face/Off

Wanda

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Sweethearts

Noreen

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It's My Party

Charlene Lee

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The Doom Generation

Clerk's Wife

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The Making of 'Jaws'

Connie Tong

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Angie

Admissions Nurse #2

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Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women

Connie Tong

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All American Girl

Margaret Kim (19 episodes, 1994-1995)

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Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars

Connie Tong

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