Margaret Cho Discusses Her Comedy Album, Hosting Grammys Premiere Ceremony
FEBRUARY 8, 2017 |
Comedian and E! “Fashion Police” host Margaret Cho earned a Grammy nomination for her album “American Myth.” She’ll perform a “celebration show” Feb. 8 at Largo in Los Angeles and will host the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony that live-streams Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the lead-up to the ceremony at the Staples Center.
“American Myth” is a comedy album, but it’s actual music — and really quality music at that. Were you aiming for a crossover?
I wanted to make an album that sounded good. I love comedy music and I’m a big fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic, but these are not parody songs. You know, there are a lot of comedic elements when I listen to somebody like Bob Dylan or even Morrissey, so I wanted to go more in that direction. I learned quite a lot from being on tour with Cyndi Lauper; she helped me a lot. And later I took a lot of different kind of singing lessons. For this record, I actually composed a lot of the songs with Garrison Starr.
I’m really happy to be in this company. They’re my really good friends and also people I’m a really big fan of.
It’s a full day for you at the Grammy Awards; you’ll be there hosting the live-streamed “Premiere Ceremony.”
Yes, I’m hosting the pre-telecast; it’s the actual ceremony before the ceremony. I’ll be giving out and presenting so many of the awards that aren’t on the televised Grammys. That’s usually where they do comedy album, so maybe I’ll be able to give myself the award. It’s going to be a great night; I’m being dressed by Brad Goreski, who sits next to me on “Fashion Police.”
I want to talk about some of the songs on the album; for example, where did “Fat P—y” come from?
OK, but you’re not fat…
Do you have a favorite track on the album?
You have always been on the forefront of speaking about women’s rights. Does it feel like we’ve made great strides recently?
Your sitcom “All-American Girl” was one of the first to feature an Asian family. Are you a fan of current shows like “Fresh off the Boat”?
This may be a strange question, but do you find at this point in your career you still get intimidated going onstage?