August 30, 2005

Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
— Ace

Even a liberal-leaning critic thinks her new act sucks:

I'm neither a liberal nor a conservative, but, after watching Assassin, I can understand why this country is so polarized. The divisions between the far right and the far left are so deep and wide as to be unbridgeable. Cho's monologue radiates hatred and bitterness towards those who do not share her convictions. She gets applause, ovations, and laughs, but it's important to remember that those in the audience share her views. (In fairness, I should mention that it's just as offensive to watch an arch conservative give a lengthy speech. I can't endure more than about 10 minutes of Rush Limbaugh's pontificating before I have to change the station.)

Passion radiates from every syllable in the comedienne's diatribe. She speaks about topical current events from early 2005, including the re-election of George W. Bush, the Terry Schiavo situation, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the war in Iraq. She makes funny faces, scrunching up her nose and holding it. And she attempts mimicry, although most of her accents sound either like a black woman from the South or an Asian with broken English. Through all of it, I chuckled once or twice, and never let loose a hearty laugh.

Thanks to Slublog, whose site is back up.

Posted by: Ace at 01:32 PM | Comments (30)
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1 Yup. Once I get my site going again, the gravy train ends.

Posted by: Slublog at August 30, 2005 01:41 PM (n2eSL)

2 Looked at the pictures at the linked review.


Yep, guess I'd hit it.

Does that make me a bad person ?

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at August 30, 2005 01:50 PM (BK97c)

3 Awwwww, innit cute how she's dressed up like SLA-brainwashed Patty Hearst on the cover?

Remember, kids, terrorism is chic.

Posted by: Sean M. at August 30, 2005 01:55 PM (EHzws)

4 Now, Ace, as a gay man, you know that Cho WAS funny.


Posted by: Aaron of Lifelike Pundits at August 30, 2005 01:57 PM (QOqn1)

5 I seem to be the only guy who can't access my own frickin' site. Criminy...

Posted by: Slublog at August 30, 2005 02:01 PM (n2eSL)

6 My site's down too. There's been a DoS attack on the hosting service I use. DoS attackers must die, preferably by being drawn and quartered.

We will assume that everyone's "you should move your blog to the service WE use, it's the cheapest and never has suffered a DoS attack or gone down for any reason whatsoever!" comments have already been made.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at August 30, 2005 02:07 PM (b/4pC)

7 I don't think comedy is paying off for Cho. I think that's the only thing that can explain why she's become a starving artist.

Oh and Ace, you site is really slow. You getting DOSed again?

Posted by: Iblis at August 30, 2005 02:08 PM (9221z)

8 I think it's one of the sites he links to in his sidebar. Hostmatters (a server lots of blogs are on, including mine) is offline while they isolate a server that's been DoS'd. They have an emergency forum, if anyone is interested.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at August 30, 2005 02:18 PM (b/4pC)

9 Now, Ace, as a gay man, you know that Cho WAS funny.

Margaret Cho was a gay man?

Posted by: John from WuzzaDem at August 30, 2005 02:31 PM (Pt3Le)

10 To paraphrase Dean Wormer: Fat, unfunny, and stupid is no way to go through life. (OK, she's not fat anymore, but two out of three ain't bad.)

Posted by: zetetic at August 30, 2005 02:32 PM (gyCuF)

11 Holy crap! That is a LOT of weight loss in a little while. In fact, I didn't know it was possible to lose so much so fast. Wasn't that Madison Square Garden performance not all that long ago? Backstory...?

Posted by: S. Weasel at August 30, 2005 02:47 PM (6ed4W)

12 I love that little sop to the moonbats in the audience ("I can't endure more than about 10 minutes of Rush Limbaugh's pontificating before I have to change the station") as if Cho and Rush were at all similar.

Like him or not, Limbaugh isn't a rhetorically-stunted, logically sloppy America-hating, no-talent hag-wench.

But hey, whatever lets the guy sleep at night, more power to him.

Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at August 30, 2005 03:12 PM (kc9zT)

13 He's probably right that Cho's new act isn't funny, but this line:

In the end, it all feels too mean-spirited to be humorous.
makes me want to distrust his entire sense of humor.

As for Cho, her first concert film had a few moments that were hilarious, mostly the sex jokes about the gay guys she hangs out with. I have a co-worker who went to see her perform a couple months ago and told me, "I'm not crazy about her sex jokes, but I like her political and racial stuff." I told her that I felt pretty much the exact opposite way about Cho.

Posted by: Alex at August 30, 2005 03:15 PM (fgyj8)

14 "I'm not crazy about her sex jokes, but I like her political and racial stuff."

Heh. You know what I like about Cho? Her pauses, moments of silence, and exits.

Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at August 30, 2005 03:30 PM (kc9zT)

15 She used to have some good stuff, but it was all premised on her imitation of her mother, a kinda old-world, heavily accented little old asain lady - the joke rarely in what she said, more in her over-the-top stereotype delivery. Ok to laugh at cause it came from her, but would've got a non-asian crucified.

Now it seems she's going for the approval/recognition laugh from politically like minded people - comic hackville. Next stop, 'Didn't-you-used-to-be-someonetown'

Posted by: Guy Dupree at August 30, 2005 03:54 PM (kUNrb)

16 Reminds me of the 2nd time I saw Louis Black perform. The first time was at a small comedy club, and the guy just killed. I thought it was one of the funniest acts I'd ever seen.

The 2nd time was shortly after the 2004 election, and the man was so pissed off about his guy losing that his entire act was based around Republican and Christian bashing. My friend and I left before it was even over. It was so bad that not even the lefties were laughing, but instead simply applauding their approval of his politics.

Nothing like a New York Jew telling us rubes in the heartland what we really think and believe. Can you imagine if the roles were reversed and a Christian comedian from Columbus, Ohio sat up on stage and generalized about the Jewish faith? I don't think it'd go over so well. In fact, I'm quite sure Mr. Black would charge antisemitism.

Posted by: The Warden at August 30, 2005 04:08 PM (umUp9)

17 No, seriously. Would anyone else hit it ?

Anyone ?

Aw, c'mon, I can't be the only one here.

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at August 30, 2005 04:45 PM (B+hc2)

18 That is, if she wouldn't freak out after she finds out I'm a Bush voter and all.

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at August 30, 2005 04:47 PM (B+hc2)

19 I suppose I could bring along a couple cases of Twinkies.

That would keep her around for a while, might even get the ol' motor revving for her right there.

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at August 30, 2005 04:54 PM (B+hc2)

20 ...and if she still can't get past my Bush voter-ness, I bet all those Twinkies will distract her long enough for me to finish my business.

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at August 30, 2005 04:55 PM (B+hc2)

That's my plan anyway.

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at August 30, 2005 04:56 PM (B+hc2)

22 Dude, you need serious help.

Plus, you're going to need something stronger. Like Boston Creme Rolls or Swiss Cakes.

Posted by: Slublog at August 30, 2005 05:11 PM (n2eSL)

23 And some clothespins to hold up the extra skin flopping around her gut.

Posted by: lauraw at August 30, 2005 05:12 PM (M7kiy)

24 lauraw, I think you're mixing Cho up with a Kalahari Bushman. You're right about the need for clothespins, though.

I used to date a San chick from the Kalahari once.

It was great for a while, but after the romance wore off, she would get going at me full speed in the click language, and she sounded like Flipper.

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at August 30, 2005 05:37 PM (B+hc2)

25 From the review: "This kind of "shock comedy" often does not play well when recorded. "

I don't know. Seemed to work for Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy. Course, they were comedians.

Posted by: Bill Peschel at August 30, 2005 05:55 PM (f6Y2E)

26 I get so tired of these twits who like to think they're politically neutral. He recites the mantra:

I'm neither a liberal nor a conservative

But earlier, he admits:

Even those who agree with every one of Cho's positions (and I agree more often than I disagree)...

OK, so if you agree with a lefty moonbat like Cho more than you disagree, that MAKES YOU A FREAKIN LIBERAL, DOESN'T IT??

I mean, c'mon people, this isn't rocket science.

And no, I wouldn't hit it. Thank you for asking.

Posted by: OregonMuse at August 30, 2005 06:07 PM (D9Ebv)

27 Dude's a dern good movie reviewer, though. Best on the web, IMHO.

Posted by: Slublog at August 30, 2005 06:13 PM (n2eSL)

28 Berardinelli is a great reviewer, but Ace missed the key review of Assassin. The Village Voice is on f-ing fire:

Bisexual Korean American comedian Margaret Cho continues to damage the struggle of bisexual Korean American comedians fighting for the right to be gay and funny, gay married and funny, or straight, funny, and just a li'l bit gay, primarily by being mostly unfunny. Assassin is the listless signature on her career-long comedic suicide note. The Notorious one sure is a fierce competitor, though. Endurance? Commitment? Please, homegirl makes Lance Armstrong look like a pussy. LIVESTRONG? Try standing in front of a crowd for 80 minutes with her material and we'll see who deserves their own rubber bracelet.

Posted by: J Mann at August 31, 2005 06:36 AM (a1dm6)

29 Am I the only person who cannot tolerate this woman's comedy bits? I feel like this woman would be more suited for rambling on at the dinner table then on stage claiming to be a comedian. Ellen is a comedian. Steve Martin is a comedian. 80 minutes of Cho?,..please hand me a good book and a stiff drink cause this is going to be painful.
-and no, I'm not a republican. If I wan't to hear someones opinions, that's fine and dandy- but dont disguise it with half a**ed comedy.

Posted by: Jman at September 04, 2005 12:12 PM (5PJTh)

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