Margaret Cho is known for her edgy and sometimes cutting comedy. She explores and discusses the world with the same light she shines on herself. Her new PSYCHO Tour is no exception. It will be raucous fun that you just don’t want to miss. She is performing Saturday, October 24th at The Moore Theatre. There might be a few tickets left if you hurry. Get them here.
Excerpt about the PSYCHO tour:
Margaret has been developing brand new material over the last several months and said: “I’m so thrilled to announce that I will be back out on the road. This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women. It makes me all so crazy – hence the title: “The psyCHO Tour” – there is no “I” in team but there is a “CHO” in psycho”. When men go off on something – they are “passionate” and “driven” and when women go off on something we are “hysterical” and “crazy”. I’m trying to bring some joy to the hysteria and insanity. ”
Your show just came out but you filmed it back in March. Is it hard to keep a show relevant with that sort of delay?
I find that dealing with topical pop humor like this that it is sort of an eternal thing. There are different kinds of issues like race, sex, homophobia, and gun violence that are just always relevant. Not too much of it shifts too much.
Do you have to plan a special sort of show when you are going to record it for later use?
Well, I kind of try to make it a snapshot of the material I am preforming at the time. My material is always growing and shifting every day. It is always a bit different from show to show.
How will the show in Seattle compare to the recorded Psycho special?
It will have similar themes. There has been a lot going on since then, so there is new material as well. I think of comedy as something alive that shifts and grows. It is very unpredictable. You just never know.
Are you performing any same-sex wedding ceremonies while here in Seattle?
I would like to. I don’t have couples for every city yet. I am also encouraging people to propose to their partner at the show. It is something we can totally do during the show. It is a lot of pressure to get married on stage. I can renew vows as well. I really just want to promote marriage equality.
How does that work exactly? Do they get up on stage with you in front of everyone?
Yea! So they need to tweet @MargaretCho with hashtag #MarryMeMargaret and then I will go through the submissions and decide on one couple. I haven’t figured out if we will do it at the beginning or end of the show. I will have a little treat for everyone to celebrate.
How do you keep your material fresh and new?
I think it is just really easy these days. The way that social media is and the way that you really look at the news. Everyone knows what is happening immediately. The news and information around the world is constantly being refreshed. People are getting their news from Facebook and Twitter. They see things happening as they unfold. I think that is very inspiring for my writing. I always want to continue to challenge myself in that way.
What do you think of the presidential race with Trump as a Republican front runner?
It is crazy. It is just crazy. I think it is so crazy that it can’t be real. I feel like this is a huge way to distract the American public from the Republicans trying to defund Planned Parenthood. That is a really terrible thing. You find that people are paying way more attention to the media circus around Trump and not really looking at the current problems the GOP are causing or will cause. The Planned Parenthood issue could be a huge step back for women.
What is your guilty pleasure while you are on road?
Onion rings and I like some reality TV. Well actually, I like reality TV. It is not a guilty pleasure any more. It is really a joy and kind of fun. I like food shows. Oh, I like ghost shows.
What is your favorite thing to cook?
Well, in the late summer I like to do a beautiful panzanella. I bake my own bread for that and I have a lovely tomato plant. Since we have a major drought here in California it is not really possible to realize all of my gardening dreams. I do love cooking though. It is just such a pleasure to do when I am home.
Are you interested in doing more reality TV shows?
Yes, I would love to do more. I think it is a very interesting kind of venue. I think it is very fascinating.
If you could be on any reality show, which one would you choose?
I think Cutthroat Kitchen. I think any kind of food competition like Top Chef would be very exciting.
Do you have a message for LGBTQ youth?
I think that my favorite message is from Dan Savage. “It gets better” is just an elegant and perfect statement. I stand by that and believe that myself.