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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.
In this 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 excuses.
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.