Margaret Cho has a long list of titles — comedian, actress, director, producer, writer and now musician — but for fear of missing something, I just refer to Maragret as an artist. It doesn’t matter what medium she is working in, one thing is certain; Cho always delivers quality entertainment.
Margaret recently took the time to answer some questions on her career, her sexuality and why she worked with so many gay women on Cho Dependent.
AfterEllen.com: Stand up comedy is what you are best known for but you are also an accomplished actress and now have branched into music — how did that happen?
Music is fairly new, although I did take piano lessons at a very young age. I didn’t start playing the guitar until recently, and only discovered my singing voice. Although I’m doing music now, I still consider it stand up comedy. It’s jokes in song form.
AE: And you are all set to release your next full length stand up record called Cho Dependent on August 24, where you have taken all your jokes and turned them in to songs. So how did you make the decision to do this? How did you come up with the idea to make a musical comedy album? Did you have any reservations about embarking on such an ambitious project?
I learned how to play guitar and sing and got lots of lessons from the amazing people I collaborated with. It was a lot of work and a lot of traveling. The album was written and recorded in Nashville, Austin, Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Vancouver and Los Angeles — pretty much everywhere music happens. I had some reservations and insecurities because I was such a newbie to recording, but everyone made me feel really safe and taught me so much. I’m so grateful to all the musicians who helped me. It’s an incredible project and they all made it shine.
AE: You collaborated with a lot of queer women on your record. In particular, you worked with Megan Toohey and Garrison Starr on a song called “Gimme Your Seed." What is the story behind that song and how did you begin working with those two women?
“Gimme your Seed” was Meg’s idea. She thought of the concept and I wrote the lyrics and the demo was done overnight. I used lyrics from an existing song that I was going to bring to Jon Brion called "Semen" that I didn’t end up showing him because it was just too rude and I was embarrassed. Sometimes I get really shy about my own crude sense of humor when I am not actually performing. Anyway, the lyrics blended in seamlessly with the new song — "Ha ha, semen is never wasted especially among lesbians."
I love “Gimme Your Seed” because it is very different from the other tracks. It’s a club banger which I love — a really great dance song. It’s a hit!