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Interview: Inside Margaret Cho's New LA Show

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Comedian Margaret Cho has never been afraid to push the envelope, challenge stereotypes and use humor to make some stunningly valid points. This year, Cho is embracing a new role—that of a singer/songwriter. She's now working on her first full-length music album, with the help of some well-known friends. Of course, Cho infuses the songs with her unmistakable wit, so it's safe to say her lyrics are just as memorable as her melodies.

You don't have to wait until her album release to hear the new music. She's incorporated some of the new tunes into Fingerbang!—her exclusive comedy/variety show hosted at Largo at the Coronet. This month's show on Tuesday, March 24, will include guests such as Susie Suh and Grant-Lee Phillips. LAist recently caught up with Cho and chatted about her Largo show, songwriting and burlesque.

LAist: When did you first decide to enter the singer/songwriter realm?

Margaret Cho: I've been doing music in my comedy stuff for a while now, since around 1999. At that time, I actually made—but never officially released—a really silly rap record. I've been incorporating music into my act since then, but I never wrote my own music or was able to play anything until now.

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Through this process I've gotten better as a musician and I'm also taking guitar and singing lessons to improve my "instrument," so it's a very fun process. I'm really learning this entirely new art form, which is pretty daunting. But what's great is I have incredible people who are helping me. I have the best teachers in the world—people like Jon Brion, Grant-Lee Phillips, Jill Sobule and Patty Griffin.