The Cho-sen People

Margaret Cho is a funny dame, but it’s her gleefully vicious portrayal of the oddball outsider that’s won the stand-up comedienne legions of loyal fans. There’s nary a trace of compromise or surrender in Cho’s act, as she ridicules the banality of straight (pun intended) society. Another side of Cho is on display in Bam Bam and Celeste, a 2005 satire in which she and comic comrade Bruce Daniels play bullied misfit buddies who flee their Midwest burg and set out for the Big Apple. Tonight’s S.F. premiere of the comedy, which Cho scripted, is presented by Good Vibrations. Bam Bam and Celeste’s belated arrival and brief stay -- coinciding with the film’s release on DVD -- may indicate that it is something shy of a masterpiece, but the movie counts Cho’s popular Mommy character in full costume and makeup among its pleasures. As a bonus, the potty-mouthed Queen of Queerdom herself will be on hand to introduce the screening, field questions afterward, and generally tout the pleasures of good, dirty sex.

 
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