Margaret Cho is best known for her comedy, and her outspokenness on issues such as sexual abuse, body positivity, and the challenges of being comfortable in your own skin.
But there's more to her talent, as she's also about to put out a new album titledAmerican Myth. This isn't an album compiled of comedy bits — it's a true, serious musical endeavor, featuring collaborations with singer-songwriter Garrison Starr.
One of the songs from the set is called "Anna Nicole," and is, appropriately, a tribute to the late model, actress, and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith, who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2007 at the age of 39.
Cho appeared on Smith's E! series, The Anna Nicole Show, and was friends with the starlet, whom she's praised in the past — as well as on this song — for changing the perception of bigger women in the beauty industry.
"American Myth is a lyric from the song, 'Anna Nicole,' about the American myth that certain people are too beautiful for this world," Cho told A Plus. "They die young because they are too good for it. That is Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, the 27 Club — this is the same with Anna Nicole. I knew her and her death struck me very hard, and still does."
In the clip, Cho is seen visiting what looks like the Playboy Mansion. Smith, who was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Year in 1993, is visualized thanks to dozens of look-alikes — a diverse group that includes people of various ages, races, sizes, and genders. It's at times silly, but consistently touching and a look into the world Smith inhabited.
"It was so much fun!" Cho says of the tribute to her late friend. "The song rocks and we all love playing it. The video is magical — a castle full of all different kinds of Anna Nicole impersonators — we have an extremely diverse group of actors for that ... it's a dream."
But the song wasn't without a serendipitous turn of events.
"I finished the video and coincidentally, I was playing at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida — the place of her death," Cho says. "It was all totally weird that I was there when the edit was completed. I turned out the lights and played it for her. I got a warm feeling that she was really tickled and honored by it."
We're sure you'll be tickled by it, too.
Check out the clip above, but be warned there are a few NSFW shots.