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Margaret Cho Takes Us from Her Early Comedy Days with Sam Rockwell to Scoring An Emmy Nod and Working on FX's 'Hysterical'

BY PERRI NEMIROFFPUBLISHED APR 10, 2021

Cho also highlights her experience making 'Face/Off,' 'Bright' and more!

 

It feels like Margaret Cho’s done just about everything in the entertainment industry. She’s a Grammy nominee for her comedy work, an Emmy nominee for her performance on 30 Rock, she’s part of the voice cast of the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Over the Moon, and she’s been a contestant on two of the hottest reality TV shows out there - The Masked Singer and Dancing with the Stars. Suffice it to say, we had a lot to cover on Collider Ladies Night as we paved the way to her latest release, the FX documentary Hysterical.

The Andrea Nevins-directed documentary puts the spotlight on the women making waves and making a difference in the comedy scene. Stand-up comedy has always been a male-dominated field, but Cho along with others featured in the film like Fortune FeimsterNikki GlaserIliza Shlesinger and Sherri Shepherd are making the moves necessary to break boundaries and change the game moving forward.

As an iconic trailblazer in stand-up comedy and someone with so much variety on her resume, I had to begin the Ladies Night conversation by asking Cho what the dream - or “making it,” so to speak - initially looked like. Here’s what she said:

“I don’t even know what I pictured ‘making it’ as. I never really had a clear vision, just because I never saw other Asian American women doing comedy or even sort of a path to follow. I just really loved the art form of stand-up comedy and I just wanted to do it. So I didn’t necessarily have an idea [of], ‘Oh, this will mean I made it.’ And I’ve never actually even thought, ‘Oh, now I’ve made it!’ [Laughs] There was never a sense of that.”

As an iconic trailblazer in stand-up comedy and someone with so much variety on her resume, I had to begin the Ladies Night conversation by asking Cho what the dream - or “making it,” so to speak - initially looked like. Here’s what she said:

“I don’t even know what I pictured ‘making it’ as. I never really had a clear vision, just because I never saw other Asian American women doing comedy or even sort of a path to follow. I just really loved the art form of stand-up comedy and I just wanted to do it. So I didn’t necessarily have an idea [of], ‘Oh, this will mean I made it.’ And I’ve never actually even thought, ‘Oh, now I’ve made it!’ [Laughs] There was never a sense of that.”

This right here is only the tiniest fraction of Cho’s experience in the industry thus far. (And to be fair, a 35-minute Collider Ladies Night episode only covers a small amount of the steps Cho took in her career that contributed to paving the way to her involvement in Hysterical.) If you’d like to hear more about Cho’s early days being part of a comedy duo with Sam Rockwell, advice she’d offer to up-and-coming actors leading their first project given her experience on All-American Girl, how much she admired Will Smith as a leader on the set of Bright and more, be sure to check out our full chat in the video at the top of this article or in podcast form below.

https://megaphone.link/VLN7711972565

Hysterical is now available to stream exclusively on FX on Hulu.