JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Comedian, actress, musician, and activist Margaret Cho will be performing in the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this Thursday.
WNY News Now spoke to her in an exclusive one-on-one interview ahead of the show.
The five time Grammy Award nominee tells us that she is excited to come back to the stage after the craziness the pandemic created.
“I think that when you’re coming back to live shows, there’s a sense of real gratitude that we’re able to do it, and that’s so incredible,“ explained Cho. “I know that performers definitely feel it, audiences definitely feel it. I really enjoy going out to see live performances, it’s a great feeling to finally be back.”
Cho specializes her form of comedy to address social issues, that may be difficult to talk about normally.
“It’s really about feminism, it’s about looking to speak to gay rights, and looking to kind of try to find an answer in what’s happening in society today, whats happening in the media today,“ stated Cho. “Just also to enjoy and revel in the absurdity of it.”
Also known as a comedic activist, Cho says her performances try to better society through comedy.
“I try to be somebody who is like looking towards change in society, but using humor to do it,” explained Cho.
In the end, a lot has changed in the past few years, but comedy will always be there.
“The comedy world is really big, and it’s constantly expanding. It’s the one constant,“ says Cho. “It’s always been like a real catalyst for observation and change in society, so comedy is a real integral part of our world, and more than ever, especially with social media and the way that we’re constantly on a news cycle that is really informing us all of the same thing all the time, so I think that’s where comedy comes in handy.”
Cho will perform at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Thursday night at 7 p.m. a show that she is excited for.
“I’m just excited to come and do the festival,“ explained Cho. “It’s going to be great.”