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Cheeky Cho chews on more than just mere Bush



Review by Emma Whitelaw

US CULT comedian, Margaret Cho, has had the West End in stitches with her London debut State of Emergency tour. As a Korean-American bisexual, she is an authority on the underdog and leaves no minority stone unturned.

Her set features satirical, yet incredibly poignant commentary on social taboos ranging from same-sex marriage to the most unmentionable of them all – menstruation.

As potentially offensive as a political satirist can be; Cho is far from insulting. In fact, her jokes, although immensely hilarious, carry with them a weighty intelligence that excuses all smut and gives rise to emotive thought.

Cho is the thinking woman’s answer to Eddie Murphy’s Delirious. Risqué and ever so shocking, hers is a pant-wetting humour that will manage to keep you thinking long after you’ve dried off!

Such an example would be her comparison of George W Bush to a certain Germanic leader; ‘Bush would be Hitler, if he only applied himself, he lazy!’

Another would be her observations on the homophobic Bush-loving population; ‘If you're against gay marriage but you laugh at Will and Grace, you're a hypocrite. That's like when white people stole rock 'n' roll - "I love your song, but please don't use that drinking fountain".’

Several other skits also made use of her status as a bonafide fag-hag. An audience favourite would have to have been anecdotes from her gay cruise experiences. Learning to 'read' has never been such fun!

Her ethnicity also became the butt of many jokes. Nothing is sacred, airline Asian Chicken Salad, baby girls from China, not even her mother!

What Cho does best is exploit her own personal experience. She comes to the stage with more than mere witticisms.

As both feminist and political genius – she has every right to be ‘Intolerant of intolerance!’

May her parade march on!

Margaret Cho – State of Emergency. November 30 to January 1, 2005 at New Players Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NQ. Box Office 0870 0332626.

Photo by Austin Young.

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