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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mMargaretCho.I'manEmmy-nominatedcomedian,actressandactivist.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE1/30@5pmET.

Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
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Your questions will be answered on Monday, January 30th at 5pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi, I'm Margaret Cho! I'm an Emmy and Grammy-nominated comedian, actress and activist. Soon after starting my stand up career, I won a comedy contest where the first prize was to open for Jerry Seinfeld. From there, I moved to LA in my early twenties and hit the college circuit, performing over 300 concerts within two years

My big breaks came when Arsenio Hall introduced me to late night audiences and Bob Hope put me on a prime time special. TV soon followed where I got to star in the  first Asian-American sitcom on ABC called All American Girl. I was also one of the first to star in a reality sitcom, The Cho Show on VH1 as well as the Lifetime TV series Drop Dead Diva for six seasons. This past year I became a special guest host on E!’s Fashion Police, and I'm also developing “Highland,” an hour long dramedy for tv. 

As a musician, I'm excited that my second music album American Myth is nominated for a Grammy.  American Myth is my first collection of music in six years.  The album is my glamorous and glittering tribute to family, comedy, anger, fame, gayness, grief, fat pride, love and hate.

Outside of my artistic life, I love supporting causes that are important to me. You'll find me being very active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, and advocating for the homeless and gay rights campaigns.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Monday, January 30th at 5pm ET.

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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    8mo ago

    Hi Margaret! I'm a big fan of yours and thank you for your work as an artist. Did you always want to be a comedian? What do you find are the ups and downs of the business that you'd like others to know who would like to enter into the arts, specifically comedy?

    Hi Margaret! I'm a big fan of yours and thank you for your work as an artist. Did you always want to be a comedian? What do you find are the ups and downs of the business that you'd like others to know who would like to enter into the arts, specifically comedy?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I love comedy and I love being a traveling performer. I think being on tour is so exciting and one of the best things about being a comedian. What's hard is sometimes audiences can be difficult, but that's one of the great things too. We're constantly being challenged by that and I love that challenge. It helps to get that feedback from that audience. It makes me better and stronger, I just want to be the best performer out there.

      I love comedy and I love being a traveling performer. I think being on tour is so exciting and one of the best things about being a comedian. What's hard is sometimes audiences can be difficult, but that's one of the great things too. We're constantly being challenged by that and I love that challenge. It helps to get that feedback from that audience. It makes me better and stronger, I just want to be the best performer out there.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    8mo ago

    Also, how is the industry changing in terms of the stand up and comedy scene? How can people best train themselves to enter into the field?

    Also, how is the industry changing in terms of the stand up and comedy scene? How can people best train themselves to enter into the field?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      The only way to train yourself is to get out there and perform. It exists if there is an audience for it. You have to do as many shows as you can. What is great, the landscape has become very diverse. There's lots of ways to get out there and find your audience. Whether it's through social media or open mics where you live. There's lots of ways to get out there.

      The only way to train yourself is to get out there and perform. It exists if there is an audience for it. You have to do as many shows as you can. What is great, the landscape has become very diverse. There's lots of ways to get out there and find your audience. Whether it's through social media or open mics where you live. There's lots of ways to get out there.

  • Maddy Bernstein
    8mo ago

    What is it like to date and also be famous? Do you find it's hard to figure out who likes you for you or if they have ulterior motives?

    What is it like to date and also be famous? Do you find it's hard to figure out who likes you for you or if they have ulterior motives?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I don't know. I think it's really about figuring out who you like and who likes you. I always thinks this is weird: I always found its easier to date other famous people. It's a good way to not feel like you're being taken advantage of. When in doubt, date someone more famous than you.

      I don't know. I think it's really about figuring out who you like and who likes you. I always thinks this is weird: I always found its easier to date other famous people. It's a good way to not feel like you're being taken advantage of. When in doubt, date someone more famous than you.

  • Anna Maynard
    8mo ago

    Do you think humor is something that can be taught, or is it truly just a gift?

    Do you think humor is something that can be taught, or is it truly just a gift?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I think it can be taught, but there is true brilliance that is a gift. The art of it, is something you can learn but there is a real magic to some comedians and that's just a gift that they got.

      I think it can be taught, but there is true brilliance that is a gift. The art of it, is something you can learn but there is a real magic to some comedians and that's just a gift that they got.

  • Anna Maynard
    8mo ago

    What's your favorite funny story from a show where things went wrong and you had to improvise?

    What's your favorite funny story from a show where things went wrong and you had to improvise?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I've had such bad experiences (laughs) as a comic, sometimes you have to wing it and just trust that everything is going to be ok. Ultimately, it's just a show. It's just one night. It can be really fun. The trick is not to take yourself too seriously.

      I've had such bad experiences (laughs) as a comic, sometimes you have to wing it and just trust that everything is going to be ok. Ultimately, it's just a show. It's just one night. It can be really fun. The trick is not to take yourself too seriously.

  • Sarah Fein
    8mo ago

    Did you go through a time where you struggled as an artist before making it? Were there times where you struggled in different ways after becoming successful? How do you get through hard times?

    Did you go through a time where you struggled as an artist before making it? Were there times where you struggled in different ways after becoming successful? How do you get through hard times?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I just try to laugh at myself and try to remember, my life has been really amazing. I don't regret anything. Whenever things get hard, I remember how great my life has gone and I try not to get too down.

      I just try to laugh at myself and try to remember, my life has been really amazing. I don't regret anything. Whenever things get hard, I remember how great my life has gone and I try not to get too down.

  • Jennifer Ridgeworth

    what comedians did you look up to growing up?

    what comedians did you look up to growing up?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I loved Robin Williams, Joan Rivers...I was lucky enough to be friends with both of them. I learned a lot just watching and listening to their advice. Just learning from their great example.

      I loved Robin Williams, Joan Rivers...I was lucky enough to be friends with both of them. I learned a lot just watching and listening to their advice. Just learning from their great example.

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  • Coach Brian5Kelly
    Coach Brian5Kelly President, Brian Kelly Leadership Coaching
    8mo ago

    Hi Margaret! I was wondering what unique challenges have you faced as an Asian-American woman and pioneer in comedy and the arts? How did you overcome these? What advice would you offer to aspiring Asian-American actresses, comedian and artists?

    Hi Margaret! I was wondering what unique challenges have you faced as an Asian-American woman and pioneer in comedy and the arts? How did you overcome these? What advice would you offer to aspiring Asian-American actresses, comedian and artists?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I was the only person who looked like me who was doing comedy when I started in the 80s. Not having anybody to look up to or see that was like me, was isolating. I just really wanted to be a standup comedian and I just did it...I worked hard. I loved it and I still love it, you just have to love what you do and go for it with all your might. I think now for Asian Americans, the biggest struggle we have is lack of visibility. Also, we constantly compete with our parents vision of what we should be. I think its really important to follow your heart and do what you love regardless of who else is out there and what your family thinks.

      I was the only person who looked like me who was doing comedy when I started in the 80s. Not having anybody to look up to or see that was like me, was isolating. I just really wanted to be a standup comedian and I just did it...I worked hard. I loved it and I still love it, you just have to love what you do and go for it with all your might. I think now for Asian Americans, the biggest struggle we have is lack of visibility. Also, we constantly compete with our parents vision of what we should be. I think its really important to follow your heart and do what you love regardless of who else is out there and what your family thinks.

  • Gabriela Motroc
    Gabriela Motroc Mogul Influencer | Editor @JAXenterCOM & JAX Magazine | IYF Chair of Press Commission
    8mo ago

    Hi Margaret! Short question: what are you doing to support anti-bullying for example? How about cyberbullying?

    Hi Margaret! Short question: what are you doing to support anti-bullying for example? How about cyberbullying?

  • Emily Allen 68
    8mo ago

    Why are you sooo amazing? ❤

    Why are you sooo amazing? ❤

  • Another Jennifer

    Do you believe the landscape has changed for women breaking into the male dominated world of stand up comedy? Is it the lense we as American's view humor that effects "who" we think is funny?

    Do you believe the landscape has changed for women breaking into the male dominated world of stand up comedy? Is it the lense we as American's view humor that effects "who" we think is funny?

    • Another Jennifer

      ***Americans (silly auto correct)

      ***Americans (silly auto correct)

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      Yes I think there are alot more female comics out there working it. Making great comedy. I'm so grateful for that. I just prefer female comics, I'm friends with pretty much all of them and I'm so happy that we're seeing so many more women out there. I love Ali Wong, that's my baby. Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Jen Kirkman, Iliza Schlesinger. There are so many women out there that I admire.

      Yes I think there are alot more female comics out there working it. Making great comedy. I'm so grateful for that. I just prefer female comics, I'm friends with pretty much all of them and I'm so happy that we're seeing so many more women out there. I love Ali Wong, that's my baby. Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Jen Kirkman, Iliza Schlesinger. There are so many women out there that I admire.

  • OTJIWARONGO
    8mo ago

    Hi Margaret, thanks for the possibility of asking you things :) I'd like to know whether you would support me wanting to produce a movie concerning Trans people, discrimination of gays? There has already been a good book on it, I'm sure you know it already. I'm disgusted by the things the new president did and will do, probably, and this is why I want to take action now. Loads of love from Germany 🇩🇪 Sabine

    Hi Margaret, thanks for the possibility of asking you things :) I'd like to know whether you would support me wanting to produce a movie concerning Trans people, discrimination of gays? There has already been a good book on it, I'm sure you know it already. I'm disgusted by the things the new president did and will do, probably, and this is why I want to take action now. Loads of love from Germany 🇩🇪 Sabine

  • Michelle Nakamoto 98

    Hi Ms Cho! Will you be making an appearance in John Chu's "Crazy Rich Asians"? The future of Asian Americans in film is looking bright!

    Hi Ms Cho! Will you be making an appearance in John Chu's "Crazy Rich Asians"? The future of Asian Americans in film is looking bright!

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I would love to be in that, I love that. YES! It's looking good for Asians in entertainment for sure.

      I would love to be in that, I love that. YES! It's looking good for Asians in entertainment for sure.

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  • lifeisbeautiful
    8mo ago

    Did you ever have people who didn't believe in you and your talent? How did you overcome them?

    Did you ever have people who didn't believe in you and your talent? How did you overcome them?

  • ahc328
    8mo ago

    Hi Margaret, thank you for being a guest on Mogul! I'm such a huge fan - I died when I saw you in Awkwafina's music video. I wanted to ask you a few questions: 1.) What would your top advice be for any young daughter? 2.) Hot Cheetos vs Doritos? & 3.) Which nonprofits do you recommend donating to? With all of the advocacy groups being attacked, there are so many that may not have the credibility but are able to help so many people. Thank you again!

    Hi Margaret, thank you for being a guest on Mogul! I'm such a huge fan - I died when I saw you in Awkwafina's music video. I wanted to ask you a few questions: 1.) What would your top advice be for any young daughter? 2.) Hot Cheetos vs Doritos? & 3.) Which nonprofits do you recommend donating to? With all of the advocacy groups being attacked, there are so many that may not have the credibility but are able to help so many people. Thank you again!

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I love Hot Cheetos, my advice to my young daughter? Get out there and follow your dreams. Organizations I like: HRC, any SPCA, ACLU and PlannedParenthood for sure.

      I love Hot Cheetos, my advice to my young daughter? Get out there and follow your dreams. Organizations I like: HRC, any SPCA, ACLU and PlannedParenthood for sure.

  • Lucy Chen
    8mo ago

    I love you and think you are the best! How do you come up with and write a standup comedy act? Do you ever get nervous when performing?

    I love you and think you are the best! How do you come up with and write a standup comedy act? Do you ever get nervous when performing?

  • Diana Tomlin
    8mo ago

    What do you enjoy most and why? Movies, TV, or stage doing standup?

    What do you enjoy most and why? Movies, TV, or stage doing standup?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I love doing standup comedy. Everything else I enjoy, but standup comedy is really important to me. It's what I do everyday, it's who I am and what I love.

      I love doing standup comedy. Everything else I enjoy, but standup comedy is really important to me. It's what I do everyday, it's who I am and what I love.

  • women who code
    8mo ago

    What do you think about the current political scenario? Can humor help us solve any problems?

    What do you think about the current political scenario? Can humor help us solve any problems?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      We need humor now more than ever. I think what's going on is terrifying and sickening. Born to immigrants, I'm very concerned about what's going on. We need jokes now more than ever.

      We need humor now more than ever. I think what's going on is terrifying and sickening. Born to immigrants, I'm very concerned about what's going on. We need jokes now more than ever.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    8mo ago

    What are your feelings about gender equality in Hollywood? Do you find that issues of ageism and sexism are being resolved or is it staying the same?

    What are your feelings about gender equality in Hollywood? Do you find that issues of ageism and sexism are being resolved or is it staying the same?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I think things are weird. They're being resolved to a certain extent. It's better than it was, its not great overall. I think that there needs to be more representation of women for sure. All ages, all races.

      I think things are weird. They're being resolved to a certain extent. It's better than it was, its not great overall. I think that there needs to be more representation of women for sure. All ages, all races.

  • Taylor Willimon
    8mo ago

    I feel like comedy could be more important than ever over the next four years. What would you like to do as an artist during the Trump era to bring hope to people across the world?

    I feel like comedy could be more important than ever over the next four years. What would you like to do as an artist during the Trump era to bring hope to people across the world?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I think we need to tell our stories, protest, march, make our voices heard. I'd like to write about it as much as I can, make comedy about it. Create change.

      I think we need to tell our stories, protest, march, make our voices heard. I'd like to write about it as much as I can, make comedy about it. Create change.

  • EthanSingh
    8mo ago

    Being a comedian is hard enough, but are there any challenges you uniquely face because of your gender or race?

    Being a comedian is hard enough, but are there any challenges you uniquely face because of your gender or race?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I don't think so in comedy in particular...other than I felt very isolated for a long time. I was the only Asian woman out there doing comedy. Now there's more and that makes me really happy.

      I don't think so in comedy in particular...other than I felt very isolated for a long time. I was the only Asian woman out there doing comedy. Now there's more and that makes me really happy.

      • EthanSingh
        8mo ago

        You're amazing! Thank you for your reply

        You're amazing! Thank you for your reply

  • Mindy Foster
    8mo ago

    What is your biggest piece of advice to someone who dreams of moving to the US? To young women who dream of coming here and following their passion?

    What is your biggest piece of advice to someone who dreams of moving to the US? To young women who dream of coming here and following their passion?

  • Mindy Foster
    8mo ago

    What are your hobbies when not working?

    What are your hobbies when not working?

    • Margaret Cho
      Margaret Cho Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist
      8mo ago

      I love makeup and fashion. I love shopping - my favorite place is Fred Segal in Weho they have everything. I love rock n' roll shows. I love going to Largo and seeing Jon Brion. I usually go see comedy at The Comedy Store or up and down the strip.

      I love makeup and fashion. I love shopping - my favorite place is Fred Segal in Weho they have everything. I love rock n' roll shows. I love going to Largo and seeing Jon Brion. I usually go see comedy at The Comedy Store or up and down the strip.

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Emmy Nominated Comedian, Actress and Social Activist

Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. “It was different than any other place on Earth,” she says. “I grew up and went to grammar school on Haight Street during the ’70s. There were old hippies, ex-druggies, burnouts, drag queens, and Chinese people. To say it was a melting [...]

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