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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Margaret Cho Tells SF Weekly the Beautiful Albums of 2007

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2007 at 11:30 AM

Funny Gal

Margaret Cho’s year of the pasties

By Lina Lecaro

Comedian Margaret Cho has had her own TV show, a couple best-selling books, a Grammy-nominated comedy album, and two feature films based on her national tours, but 2007 saw a new conquest for the comic: she became a viral video queen. Cho’s sexy, traveling circus-like spectacle, The Sensuous Woman, which melds music, comedy, and burlesque and is performed by herself and a myriad of her talented pals, was a critical success in LA, New York, and Chicago. But when a clip from the show showing the comedienne twirling her ta-tas with awe-inspiring speed, clad in nothing but panties and tassle’d pasties, was posted on YouTube and subsequently every blog on the net, Cho became not only a national cyber sensation, but a champion for voluptuous women everywhere.

“I got really good at twirling those tassels. It was very popular online and quite controversial,” she says. “Women loved it and felt empowered but a few straight guys were furious because I challenge the stripper archetype.”

The Korean-American funny lady has always had a strong political and cultural viewpoint, and her work has explored not only her Asian background and upbringing, but also her views on homosexuality (currently married, she claims to be bi-sexual) and the government (big shocker: she’s anti-Bush).

Perhaps inspired by the hubbub her half-naked gyrations caused on the web (but more likely just another extension of her never-ending quest to challenge the status quo), Cho’s next project, titled Beautiful, will be a stand-up show that ponders the age-old question of what real beauty is. It will be her first stand-up show since the Assassin tour in 2005, and her personal web-blog will play a role.

“Right now I am doing a big list of who I think is beautiful,” she says.“People can log on to margaretcho.com to see if they made the list. It’s famous people to friends to anyone who happens to catch my eye.”

Surely, there’ll be some music artists on the list. Cho, who just got tattooed like a rockstar on TLC’s LA Ink and made a splash emceeing Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Tour this past year too, is definitely a music enthusiast and her tastes are diverse. She can be seen in The Dresden Dolls “Shores of California” video (which parodies David Lee Roth’s “California Girls”), and even directed a clip for one of her ‘07 faves. Here, the sounds she wiggled to this year.

Ryan Adams

Easy Tiger

The best album of this year. I just listened to it over and over and over and over. It makes me feel like I am one of those girls who can wear a very, very short dress with cowboy boots and I don't have to wear tights because my legs are perfect and tan. I also saw him play with his band the Cardinals at the Wilshire Theatre and I screamed myself sore.

Girl in a Coma

So cute… so young... They opened for Morrissey at the Hammerstein Ballroom and rocked it.

Crowded House

Time on Earth

It's amazing. I love Neil Finn and have had a solid crush on him for nearly 23 years. I got to tell him so after their awesome show at the Greek Theatre this Summer. Love them.

The Cliks

Snakehouse

An incredible record. I went on the True Colors Tour with them and also directed their video "Eye in the Back of my Head".

Bjork

Volta

This was in heavy rotation. I love her and she is insanely cute. On the cover she looks really Super Mario Bros or Donkey Kong ... Her fashion sense is crazy. So cool.

Anthony Hegarty

When he’s singing he sounds like he is clutching the pearls around his neck and spilling a gin and tonic all over the place.

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