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Much to her
rabid fans’ delight, Asian-American, queer comedian Margaret Cho is back with
her own VH1 reality show, The Cho Show,
14 years after her first foray into television, the short-lived ABC sitcom All-American Girl. That experience was
both tumultuous and fruitful, in that her negative experiences at the hands of
network execs fueled the bulk of her hit one-woman show, I’m the One That I Want. This time around, VH1 elected smartly to
let her do her own thing on her own terms.
extensive interview, Cho discusses her new show, gay marriage, Tila Tequila,
Korean-American politics and, of course, sex.
AfterEllen.com: How would you describe The Cho Show?
Margaret Cho: I think
of it as more of a sitcom than a reality show, although there are some elements
of realness to it, in that it’s a real family and real sorts of situations.
AE: Your mom has been the focus of a
lot of your material over the years. What was she like on the show?
MC: She’s hard to draw
out of her shell, but when she gets going you can’t stop her. She’s
unstoppable. She’s really funny.
AE: Your father has sort of taken a
back seat in all of this. Jealous or relieved?
MC: Relieved, I think.
He is really a ham. I think when I do impressions of my mother, there’s a lot
of him in there. So, it’s sort of an amalgamation of both of them. It’s
exciting for the TV show because he’s more active in it.
AE: In one of the show’s upcoming
episodes, you get what’s called a "G-Shot," which is an injection of
cortisone into a woman’s G-spot with the goal of gaining more sexual pleasure
from increasing its size. Was that something you did for yourself or for your "character"
on the show?
MC: That comes from my
character, but also from me. I was very curious about the G-Shot. And it’s the
kind of thing I would probably do without the show. To me it was not about
pleasing anybody. It was like, oh my God, that would be awesome if I could have
better orgasms; I could have better sex, I would be so into it.
AE: Some might argue that a woman
electing to have a procedure designed to enhance her own sexual pleasure is
actually a feminist action.
MC: Well, something
like the G-Shot, it’s supposed to be feminist because it’s about improving your
sexuality. And I think that it’s great if there are women out there, they
really love it and I think that’s awesome, but ultimately it’s about adapting
your sexuality so that it’s easier for men to make you come. That’s what the
G-Shot is. So they won’t go down on you. It’s another excuse on a list of
AE: You’re lucky you have a great
husband, who probably works hard for the money.
MC: [laughs] I do. He
does, but ultimately it took all of that away. The G-Shot really hurt.
AE: Really? I saw it on Dr. 90210. The woman who had the
procedure done said it was amazing.
MC: That is the way it
is for some women, but I actually couldn’t have sex after I got it done for
nearly three months. I had to wait for the whole thing to go away because it
was so uncomfortable. It took all of my sexual anything away because I was so
in pain. It was horrible. It’s a very expensive procedure as well. I think it’s
over $2,000 just to get one injection.
AE: What other sorts of adventures
should we be expecting on the show — hopefully less painful ones?
MC: Um, anal
bleaching. But not in the same episode, because I like to keep the vagina and
the anus real separate, like the separation of church and state (laughs). We
[also] have our own beauty pageant starring ourselves.