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Edinburgh Festival review – Margaret Cho

Monday, August 08 2011

A below-par show from Cho ...

Margaret Cho

It's ten years since Margaret Cho's last Fringe visit and so you would think that she would have plenty to talk about for her return, especially given her political activism that has seen her hounded by Republicans for the stick she has given to George Bush and then to Sarah Palin.

Never mind that though, Cho was on Dancing With The Stars, America's version of Strictly Come Dancing, and she was taught how to keep her voice lubricated with olive oil, just like they do on American Idol – a trick that led to some spectacular farting apparently.

Fortunately, there are some elements to this meandering show that delve a bit deeper than spectacular displays of wind. When she talks about gay rights, for example she has a nice line on gay marriage in the US and why it should pass: “How can you deny any gay man the right to bridal registry? It's inhumane.”

Cho is equally adroit when it comes to talking about her own bisexuality, lamenting that there is no lesbian version of Grinder and admitting that Justin Bieber was “the hottest lesbian I've ever seen.”

An ill-advised song and a fair dollop of toilet humour don't do much to help the mix of material but there are some incisive moments in the mix and even below-par effort from Cho still holds up well to many of the Fringe shows I have seen so far.

2.5 stars

Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent is on at 9pm at the Assembly George Square.

Review written by Julian Hall


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