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Travel Talk with Margaret Cho

Travel Talk with Margaret Cho
By: Jeremy Bryant

Margaret Cho isn’t just any comedian. With her continual support of Human Rights for all, Cho’s lifetime body of work has left a lasting imprint on the LGBT community. She is incredibly active in anti-racism, anti-bullying and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication. And Margaret Cho isn’t afraid
to speak her mind. As an Emmy and Grammy nominated comedian and actress, Margaret Cho is set to return to the road this September in support of her new
stand-up comedy show called MOTHER. We got the opportunity laugh it up and
talk travel with Margaret before her tour begins.

Margaret Cho
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How old were you when you took your first flight? Where did you go?

I was probably less than 6 months old, and I went to Korea. My father was deported when I was born, and so I made lots of trips to see him when I was an infant. My earliest memories are of planes, Seoul, eccentric relatives and traditional Korean dresses.

What's your favorite destination? Why?

Home, always, because I never get to stay there very long, it’s where my family is,
it’s where my heart is. I love home. The best part of the journey is the very last bit, riding home from the airport. I love to come home.

Who is the most interesting person you've ever sat next to on an airplane?

He was a beautiful opera singer, who was also a big fan of mine, and he
somehow upgraded me to first class on my flight from the very back of the
plane. We sat together and drank wine and laughed for the entire flight. I also
was on a red eye flight with Tupac Shakur, and we fell asleep with our faces
almost touching. He was a true beauty. We bid adieu at the baggage claim and
two weeks later, he was dead.

What's the best hotel you've ever stayed in?

I love the Kastens Hotel Luisenhof in Hannover, Germany. It’s charming – something about the place, not extremely luxurious but there is a feeling there,
like you could truly rest there. My favorite hotel in NY is the Maritime, and I have
been using it as my home away from home for years.

Margaret Cho
Photo credit: David C. Lee

Have you ever found material for your comedy in your travels?

Always, as I am always traveling, and travel is my life, and my work is my life,
so it a constant. I move, I am.

What's your opinion of Russia's laws against the LGBT?

I think it’s terrible, and I am disgusted by the homophobia and censorship in
Russia. There needs to be more information about what is happening there to
the LGBT community. I am sickened by what I have heard, and I am sure that
we don’t even know all that we should know. I send all my love to the people
there who are suffering – there needs to be change, and it needs to happen
right now.

What U.S. state would you like to see legalize same-sex marriage next?

Georgia – where I live part time – which is quite a conservative state outside of Atlanta, often called the San Francisco of the South.

If you were told to pack 1 bag for 1 week, where would you go?

Paris. I would take nothing and come back with everything. I would also be able
to perform gay weddings there!

Margaret Cho
Photo credit: Austin Young

What's the best travel tip you know?

stuff your socks and underwear into your boots, so that they don’t get crushed
and you fully utilize the negative space. So much space in suitcases gets wasted
in those little empty areas like inside shoes!

In your opinion, which city hosts the best Pride?

Every city there is a gay pride is great – but the most awe inspiring ones are Sydney’s Mardi Gras, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco – but I have
had the best time at every gay pride parade in every city I have ever been to.
I love pride. It’s my Christmas, New Year’s, Halloween and birthday all in one.
It’s the best celebration no matter where I have it.

What is the one item that you have to have when you travel?

Comfortable shoes, mostly Frye boots these days. I walk for miles daily. It’s
my exercise and my meditation. It’s always all about the shoes – but they take
up space, and I like to travel light. They have to be the right shoes. My choice is almost always Frye boots.

How many countries have you visited?

I guess that so many it would be more appropriate to mention places I haven’t
been to. I have been pretty much everywhere except the North and South poles.

What advice, if any, would you give to other travelers?

Just go! don’t worry about anything too much, try to walk as much as you can,
try to get off the beaten path, try everything.

What's next for Margaret Cho?

I am going to be on tour with my new show MOTHER, which will be everywhere, which is my favorite place.

Margaret Cho
Photo credit: Austin Young

Margaret Cho is set to return to the road this September in support of her new stand-up comedy show called MOTHER. MOTHER is a complicated and completely original take on sex, queer politics, drugs, guns, identity and madness, proving time and time again, boundaries uncrossed are meaningless. Nothing is sacred, least of all, this MOTHER.

The cornerstone of MOTHER revolves around Cho’s long-suffering Korean mom and a staple of her shows, Seung-Hoon Cho. “It’s great because I get to put a lot of emphasis on my own mother,” Cho explains. “My mother did not prepare me for the world. First - I was named the poetic Korean name "moran" which was perfect for the kids at school to call me "moron" and set me up for a good quarter century of therapy. However, I can clean a fish with my bare hands. So there are pros and cons of being from an Asian immigrant family.”

MOTHER will visit intimate clubs & theatres beginning September 6, 2013 at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Click here for all tour info:

In addition to her tour, Margaret Cho’s website also features some of the most sincere, fiery and laugh-out-loud funny blogs you will find on the Internet. A must-read! Find out what’s going on in the mind of Margaret Cho via her insightful blog posts. Her blogs are not only funny, but also smart and perceptive. Read them here:

Keep up with Margaret Cho and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,

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