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PsyCHO: Margaret Cho is finally ruling the world

By Nelson Branco, 24 Hrs

Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:55:04 EDT AM

Margaret Cho hosts the Logo New Now Next Honors From Aspen Gay Ski Week on January 23, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado. (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for Logo)

Margaret Cho hosts the Logo New Now Next Honors From Aspen Gay Ski Week on January 23, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado. (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for Logo)

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With songs like Fat P--y and I Wanna Kill My Rapist, Toronto fans are in for a hilarious and irreverent ride when Margaret Cho commands the stage this weekend at JFL42, the Toronto comedy event by Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for two shows on Friday and Saturday.

The 47-year-old co-host of E!'s Fashion Police is currently wowing international audiences with her comedy tour PsyCHO, which her JFL42 performance will reference.

The resilient star and creator of TV's first East Asian comedy, ABC's All American Girl (which was cancelled after its first season due to low ratings and severe critical and Asian backlash in 1995), is also receiving accolades for her second album, American Myth, due to its '90s references while tackling the current state of U.S. politics and culture.

24 Hours dished the tea with the Emmy and Grammy nominated star to chat about Joan Rivers, the perils of Pokémon Go, our hunky prime minister, and honouring Robin Williams.

Is there a difference between Canadian and American audiences?

Of course there is. I love performing in Canada. I have friends in Toronto. In fact, I have family there, too. A quarter of my family migrated to Canada and America from Korea. Or something like that!

How are you keeping in shape these days? Risking sounding 'sexist,' you do look extra lean and super stylish these days.

Thank you! I just moved to Laurel Canyon, [Hollywood] so I'm walking a lot more! That's it.

You've made Fashion Police relevant again: what's it like working on such a seemingly 'surfacey' show yet making it funny and zeitgeisty?

It's a lot of fun and I love fashion so it's great to go over the theatre of the red carpet and enjoy what everyone is wearing. I love the glamour of it all.

Is there more pressure being stylish now?

Not really - I've always loved clothes and so it's a great chance to wear fabulous things!

Did you know Joan Rivers? If so, what was your relationship with her?

She was a good friend and a real role model for me. She taught me how to be a good mentor to younger people. We also laughed a lot. I miss her.

Any advice you give your younger self?

Not to take anything too seriously!

Anything you're binging right now?

Orange is the New Black, which I always love and I think is just amazing. Of course, Amy Schumer. There are so many amazing projects by women in comedy right now - and I'm really excited about that.

What do you think of our 'dreamy' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

I love him! He's so great. It's so refreshing to see him really thrive in the political world. We need to see that in America! We need to see that someone awesome can lead a country. Trudeau only shows us Americans how screwed up we are!

Tell me about your awardwinning documentary: #BeRobinThe Movie?

It covers the project in detail - finding a way to celebrate Robin Williams' philanthropy by doing work with the homeless population in San Francisco after he died. It was a beautiful experience and we helped a lot of people!

Pokémon Go craze: Is it the end times?

Are we seeing the beginning of mind control? It's crazy! I don't want to walk anywhere anymore. I don't know what is going on with that ... I'm not a video gamer at all. I think they are all nuts! [Laughs]