Margaret Cho looks forward to soaking up the Provincetown love
By Jason Greenoughon July 11, 2019
The iconic stand-up comedian brings her most up-to-date material to Town Hall on the Cape this weekend
There’s no doubt that Margaret Cho is excited to make her way back to the Bay State this weekend after a few years away, but delivering her legendary stand-up is only one part of her journey that she’s looking forward to.
After hitting up Provincetown’s Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday (July 13), Cho is looking forward to taking in all the sights and sounds of P-Town, and hanging with the wide array of artists and performers that she has come to know and love, and consider her friends.
“I love Town Hall, so I’ll do the show, which I’m really looking forward to, but then I’m going to be staying for a bit so I can catch up on my drag,” Cho tells Vanyaland. “I really love going to Provincetown and hanging out with all the different types of performers I love, like Ryan Landry, They’re, like, my people, and I just love it.”
Working with material that falls somewhere between a workout set and special-ready, Cho is always looking to stay up-to-date with her jokes and viewpoint, and while she considers it a challenge to do so, she’s more than up to making it a great show for everyone there with what is technically a continuous work-in-progress.
“News changes, and the world changes minute to minute, and you have to keep up with that,” says Cho. “You gotta keep up with the cycle, and keep the frame of reference for everyone, and I’m for the challenge of that.”
Always one to be working on some sort of project in addition to her consistent stand-up touring schedule, Cho is also on the verge of releasing a brand new podcast, The Margaret Cho — emphasis on “the” — and while it takes on a familiar format that we’ve seen with Monsters of Talk, Cho has always enjoyed the chance to interview people, and she’s excited to see what this new opportunity has in store for her.
“I had a podcast before, but this one is through a really cool network called Earios, which is women-driven, and I love that,” says Cho. “We’ll have interviews with lots of different people. We’ll be talking to famous people that we know, and then there’s people we should know, and I’m just looking forward to getting that out there.”
While an undeniable force in Comedy for the better part of the last 25 years, it’s no secret that Cho has also made waves in the world as a passionate advocate for the LGBT community, and has worked to destigmatize, or normalize, the artistic voice of the community since she feels that it reflects the vision of the real world around her.
“I think it opens up a lot of the world to these forms of entertainment that are so satisfying and has so many different types of people,” says Cho. “I think that really reflects the real world, and what I would prefer to see. I think it’s great, and I’m glad that I’ve been able to contribute, but it’s even helped me to see artists that I want to see, and I think it’s good for everyone.”
Cho is all about that creative grind, but nothing is stopping her from taking some time over the next week to soak in the love and light of one of her favorite places on earth, surrounded by her favorite people.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing all the different shows that Ryan [Landry] puts on with Gold Dust Orphans,” says Cho. “And I’m just looking forward to the light of the sky, and the light of the people, and how crazy the Cape gets during the summer. It’s just a place that I really treasure, and I haven’t been back in a couple of years, so it’s going to be really special.”