On this day, Margaret Cho was born in San Francisco in 1968.
Margaret’s parents, Young-Hie and Seung-Hoon Cho, ran Paperback Traffic, a bookstore on Polk Street at California Street in San Francisco. Her father writes joke books and a newspaper column in Seoul, South Korea.
Her grandfather was a Christian minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War and, for that reason, she grew up in the church.
Born and raised in San Francisico, Margaret described it as so, “There were old hippies, ex-druggies, burnouts, drag queens, and Chinese people. It was a really confusing, enlightening, wonderful time.”
As she began her stand-up comedy career at age 14, she won a contest to open for Jerry Seinfeld in the early ’90s!
She soon moved to Los Angeles and, still in her twenties, hit the college circuit, where she became the most booked act in the market and garnered a nomination for “Campus Comedian of The Year.”
She was guest on the Arsenio Hall show and Bob Hope put her on a prime time special and, seemingly overnight, Margaret Cho became a household name.
MAKING HISTORY WITH HER TELEVISION SHOW
Her groundbreaking, controversial ABC sitcom, All-American Girl, was released in 1994. It was one of the first times an Asian American woman had been the main character, as well as her family’s story. Unfortunately, ABC wanted her for her being non-conformist and amazing at her craft, but felt she still needed to “tone it down.” Margaret was making history while, at the same time, having the worst time of her life. She does comment that this experience was traumatic for her.
Since her television show, Margaret continued to perform her one-woman stand up shows and has been super successful. She also returned to the television world for the show Drop Dead Diva which aired for 6 seasons!
She is a Emmy and Grammy nominated artist and she remains one of my favorite!
Happy Birthday Queen!
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