The hysterical and tattooed Margaret Cho is coming to Maui on Friday! Cho’s new show, called “MOTHER,” is described as her edgiest piece to date. Her non-traditional look at motherhood and maternal figures sends Cho into a whirlwind of topics like race, drugs, sexuality, celebrity, culture and politics. This is the MOTHER of all Cho shows. And remember: her show is for Mature Audiences Only.
Here are 10 questions we recently posed to Cho:
MAUITIME: What advice would you give to new comedians?
MARGARET CHO: Keep going, don’t be discouraged. It’s a discouraging business, but press on.
MT: You have addressed racial, bullying and gay rights in a lot of your material. Over the years, do you think we have made progress in these areas?
CHO: I hope so. It’s always existed. I think when kids are different, it scares people, and it makes them stand out, and then you get into problems. I think that it’s very hard to grow up in general, but if you are not the same as other people, it can be much harder.
MT: You were bullied as a child. How has that experience affected your career?
CHO: It’s made me much more excited about becoming an adult, and to be rid of the powerlessness of being a child. I feel very free and happy all the time. I am grown up!
MT: I read that your father wrote Korean joke books. Do you think your humor comes from him?
CHO: Yes, absolutely. He is really hilarious. But also, we have a storytelling gene in there somewhere, too.
MT: Do you think that you’ve defied cultural stereotypes and gender roles?
CHO: I don’t know, but I guess so. I think there should be more Asian-American women doing comedy!
MT: What is something about yourself that fans may not know?
CHO: I am a really great seamstress and can alter and sew my own clothes.
MT: Do you see yourself adding motherhood to your life one day?
CHO: No, I don’t think so, but you never know!
MT: What’s on your iPod?
CHO: I am crazy about Harry Nilsson. Lots of ‘60s/’70s. I bought a Rickenbacker and so I am learning lots of little riffs.
MT: What are three things you must have with you at all times?
CHO: IPhone, flosspicks, hotel key.
MT: And what’s the biggest misconception about Margaret Cho?
CHO: That I am Korean. My genealogy tests confirmed that I am actually Chinese!
$27-$47. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Center, Kahului); 808-244-7469, Facebook.com/officialmargaretcho, mauiarts.org.