Tagged under "comedy" (12)
I Heart Margaret
Margaret Cho is one of my favorite dykons. In this patriarchal, racist, homophobic society, a woman like Cho is a cool breeze on a muggy August afternoon. Known best for arguing about /advocating for equality, politics, body image, pop culture, and sexuality, this Korean-American comedienne always speaks the goddess’ honest truth on how we look, feel, and function in a culture that’s always judging, manipulating, and oppressing.   Besides being a bad-ass bitch, I idolize Margaret Cho for a myriad of reasons. I love Margaret because she is a fierce feminist and GLBTQ activist. Margaret is constantly advocating for equality on all levels. I enjoy Margaret because she is funny, bold, and provocative. Whether it’s on screen or on stage, with words or funny faces, Mrs. Cho always incites a riot of laughter on an array of subject matter. I adore Margaret because no matter what size jeans she’s sporting or how much her weight fluctuates, she embodies beautiful. In Cho’s eyes, there is no template for beauty, and she encourages every gal to embrace their bodies- tall, thin, fat, or short. I dig Margaret because she loves body art. As another huge fan of ink, I appreciate how Cho validates tattoos as sexy and feminine and an empowering form of self-expression. I respect Margaret because she is a minority woman who voices her politics, who isn’t afraid to talk about race, class, gender, sexuality or anything taboo. In fact, if it is taboo, then she is definetly talking about it, and so few people dare to challenge convention like she does. Most of all, I heart Margaret Cho because she is Queer with a capital Q, a lover of women, men, transgenders, transsexuals, and genderfucks. Before Margaret introduced me to “queer” as identity, I never knew how to define my sexuality, much less choose an orientation. I wasn’t straight because I was attracted to women, especially of the butch persuasion. I wasn’t a lesbian because I was still attracted to men. I hated using the term “bisexual” because binaries are so…well, binding. And let’s not even mention my affinity for transfolk.   Needless to say, I  am not an either/or kind of girl, and I’ve searched our everyday lexicon for so long for a word, a way to express my love for/attraction to all people, all genders. When I heard Margaret speak a few years ago about being queer, it hit me like a ton of rainbow-colored bricks. A (married) woman who liked gay/straight/trans boys and girls? That’s what I was- a big queer chick like Cho! For Margaret, there simply was no way to define her- or others like her. People like us couldn’t pick a team to play for, and dared to fall in love regardless of the genitalia at hand. Nothing fit better then “Queer”, an all-inclusive, non-gender discriminating sexuality impervious to categories, labels, or types. When Margret announced to the world that she was a queer woman, I felt like I found a famous sister in the struggle, like I was baptized with the holy spirit of queerness. Margaret Cho expresses queerness in all her endeavors. She expresses queer in her speech, in her style, in her stage antics, in all aspects of this sometimes surreal life. From acting in movies like Bam Bam and Celeste to hosting the “True Colors” tour to starring in her traveling show “Beautiful” and now in her new VH1 reality series The Cho Show, Margaret Cho illustrates the triumphs and troubles of a queer woman. She is an unapologetic, modern -day sexual outlaw in this Wild West world. Did Margaret create “queer” as identity? No. Did her sexy ass claim and celebrate it as her own? Yes. And for that, I learned to look in the mirror, love the space I take up, love the skin I’m in, love my crazy queer self. “The Cho Show” airs on VH1 on Thursday nights, 11pm.    
Tagged on August 26, 2008
What To Do When You Hate All You Friends
What *do* you do when you hate all your friends? Sure, you can renounce all friendships; decide that it's simply too frustrating, heartbreaking or straight up annoying to try to keep up with the folks that keep asking for your time and demanding your attention. We all know the drain that creeps in on a Friday night when your phone keeps beeping and everyone wants to know when you're getting to the party and you really just want to watch a movie in bed by yourself. Of course, there's the other option. Larry Kunofsky's new anti-social comedic play explores the dark side of those friend groups that always seem to move in packs. You watch the friends in awe because they are the epitome of what you thought friendship was going to be like when you finally reached adulthood. Everyone gets a birthday party and everyone attends. There's always a pre-party and an after party and a secret room for the real friends during the party. Offend a friend and there isn't an argument, simply a small acknowledgement that, well, you screwed up somehow. Everyone knows the dirt in everyone else's life because, of course, they all just care so much about each other. You know you want to be a part of the friends. Directed by Jacob Krueger, What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends introduces us to the rules, rankings, and motivations that make up such a group. When Matt, a stoic, friend-hating man (Todd D'amour) meets the bubbly center of attention Celia (Carrie Keranen) he finds himself slowly drawn in to the dangerous world of friends. Soon he is the center of attention and Celia is slipping in rank and before the play is over he has completely unraveled the group. While this all makes the play sound rather dark and more than a little disquieting, it's really a hilarious reflection of the bizarre rituals we put ourselves through all in the name of being a part of the friends. With spastic narration by the fantastically awkward Enid (played perfectly by Amy Staats), What To Do is an amusing jaunt into the discomforts of friendship. What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends is closing this Saturday, 8/23/08. Check out www.hateallyourfriends.com for ticket info. Also check out fourchairs.org to find out more about what the theater company has coming up.
Tagged on August 21, 2008
Who You Callin' Itty Bitty?
With a mixture of humor and politics, and an unorthodox approach to filmmaking, POWER UPís Itty Bitty Titty Committee is reviving feminism.
Tagged on July 10, 2008
It's Big, It's Gay & It's Funny As Hell
The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo is the first and only sketch show for and by the LBGT community. Directed by long-time LBGT activist, Amanda Bearse, it makes its cable debut April 24th.
Tagged on July 10, 2008
What Cho Lookin' At?
Margaret gets feathery and fabulous in her spankin' new off-Broadway variety show.
Tagged on July 10, 2008