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Earle Dutton: Did you participate in the March for our Lives this past weekend?
Margaret Cho: I wasn’t able to participate. I was watching though. It was so incredible to see. I think it just shows how much more advanced the next generation is. They are just so powerful and inspiring. I think that the world is going to be okay. These kids are in charge. We are going to be fine.
ED: What have you been working on?
MC: A bunch of different things, I have really been working on my new TV show, Highland. It is all about a Korean family in the middle of this big marijuana boom. I am very excited about that one. We are still in development and still kind of finding its place. I have also been working on my new comedy show and tour, Fresh Off The Bloat which I am bringing to Parlor Live in Bellevue. So, there is a lot of different kinds of stuff and I am excited about it.
ED: I read that you compared the Highland’s family running a marijuana dispensary to your actual parents running a gay porn store in the 70s, which I thought was pretty interesting.
MC: Yes, because it was incredibly controversial for a Korean family to be involved in a gay business in the 70s. It was really shocking for a lot of the people in my parent’s community. I think it was more controversial than even owning a marijuana dispensary. Nowadays, owning a dispensary in Washington or California is just a savvy business move. It is a smart thing to invest in. It is a different time and very different era.
ED: Did you happen to watch the Stormy Daniels interview?
MC: Oh my god! That was so crazy! I believe her. I feel so much for all of these women. Trump has just been so abusive. I don’t know why all these powerful men keep getting taken down but he is still in office. He just ignores everything like nothing happened. It is just all crazy.
ED: Would you rather have President Pence?
MC: No, that is worse. Pence is evil.
ED: You have been a really strong supporter of Kathy Griffin. What do you think of her come back so far?
MC: I think it is great. I think she is great. I don’t think she ever left. There was never any sense of all of this being permanent. I never saw it as something she had to pay a price for. I think that it is really funny. That is who she is. She likes to court controversy. I think she is happiest when everyone is talking. I think she plays Hollywood like an instrument. She is a virtuoso. I am very close to her. We never talk about this kind of stuff when we talk. I am very surprised by all of it and then not really surprised at all.
ED: Do you think that rehab has affected your comedy?
MC: I actually love rehab. I love a mental health moment, especially when it is very Girl Interrupted. That to me is like the ultimate. I was definitely overdue for quite a long stay. It is like a long term spa or retreat. Sometimes you need that kind of stuff. I think it helped a lot. I highly recommend it.
ED: So it was like self-care?
MC: Oh yea! Five stars! It feels so good to be able to take that time. Well at first, it was really like that Amy Winehouse song. I did say No No No to rehab… Then it was like, you can’t say no. You have to go. It was pretty crazy.
ED: What is your favorite part about the new show you are bringing to town?
MC: I love talking about the #MeToo movement and my own experiences. I have been campaigning for the causes of survivors like myself to be able to talk freely about our experiences in society. I don’t want to talk in these hushed tones of fearful respect. I want to be very outright about my suffering and angry. I think that outrage was very unacceptable for many years. I have been pushing this topic in comedy and people would get very upset. Now, we are always talking about it and I love it. This is material that I have wanted to do for so long. Finally society has caught up with my act and I am thrilled.
ED: How does anger and comedy mix?
MC: Oh, it is perfect. It is exactly how it should be. Outrage is perfect for standup comedy. I think the best comedy comes from that sense of rage. It is very exciting and dangerous. I love it.
ED: What would you say to get people to come and see the new show?
MC: I think it is outrageous and empowering. I have a great time. I think I am the best I have ever been at this point in my career as a comedian and artist. To me, that is inspiring and exciting. I hope people can see it.
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