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Stand-up comedian Margaret Cho to perform in Taipei

2018/04/17 18:47:11

Photo courtesy of LAMC Productions

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) American comedian Margaret Cho is set to bring her latest stand-up show "Fresh Off The Bloat" to Taipei in May, show organizer LA Comedy Live announced Tuesday.

The Grammy and Emmy-nominated comedian will stage the show at National Taiwan University Hospital's International Convention Center on May 14, LA Comedy Live said.

"A pioneer amongst women in comedy, Margaret doesn't take anything for granted as she continues to tackle difficult subjects with sensitivity and her razor sharp insight with her takes on addiction, abuse, activism and Asianness," the promoter said in a statement.

Named one of Rolling Stone magazine's 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time in 2017, the 49-year-old Korean-American comedian is best known for her candid stand-up routines that touch on social and political problems.

She has been at the forefront of anti-racism, anti-bullying and gay rights campaigns for years, and has often addressed those topics in her comedy.

Cho launched her career in the early 1990s as a stand-up comedian. She performed in clubs and in 1994, won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian.

The same year, ABC aired a sitcom called "All-American Girl," which featured Cho as the rebellious teenage daughter of a Korean-American family.

In 1999, Cho's one-woman show "I'm The One That I Want," which focuses on her ascension into show business and struggles with weight, sex and drug addiction, was made into a best-selling book and feature film.

In 2012, Cho was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of then North Korea leader Kim Jong-Il in the comedy "30 Rock."

Cho has also scored four Grammy nominations in the "Best Comedy Album" category, in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2016.

She was honored with the Golden Gate Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in 2000, an award that recognizes individuals in the media and entertainment who have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

(By Christie Chen)