Comedian Margaret Cho to Perform in Mainstage Theater

By Lois Baker

Release Date: October 21, 2003 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present comedian Margaret Cho at 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. The event is sponsored by the UB Student Association.

Following on the heels of her most recent Notorious C.H.O. tour, CD and movie release, Cho launched her brand new tour this year. The Chicago Sun Times heralded the show as "Her strongest show yet!" With the same unbridled, no holds-barred humor, Margaret now tackles the axis of evil, her travels through Thailand's red light district, the explosion of childbirth, revolutionizing your self-esteem, the joy of bodily functions, her loser ex-boyfriend and, of course, her world-famous mother. Cho is best known for incorporating groundbreaking and controversial issues into her works.

Cho was born and raised in San Francisco and started performing stand-up comedy at age 16 in a comedy club called The Rose & Thistle above a bookstore her parents ran. Soon after, she won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early '90s and lived in a house with several other young performers. Still in her early 20s, she hit the college circuit, where she immediately became the most booked act in the market and garnered a nomination for Campus Comedian of the Year. She performed more 300 concerts within two years and subsequently won the American Comedy Award for Female Comedian in 1994.

In 1994 she starred in her own sitcom, "All-American Girl," which featured television's first Asian American family. In 1999, Cho's groundbreaking smash-hit one-woman show "I'm The One That I Want" played off Broadway, toured the country and became a best-selling book and a feature film that grossed more per print than any film in history.

Cho recently was honored by the National Organization for Women (NOW) with the organization's 2003 Intrepid Award. She also has received awards from GLAAD, Lambda Legal, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) for making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Margaret Cho is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon, with a diverse and fervently loyal audience that includes gays and lesbians, Asian Americans, women, people of color, college students, comedy fans and, basically, anyone who has ever felt invisible.

Tickets for Margaret Cho are $31. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a TicketFast location.