Margaret Cho
PASSPORT Magazine|February 2018

MARGARET CHO ISN’T KNOWN FOR pulling punches. Indeed, the openly queer multi-hyphenate has funneled her struggles with chemical addiction and body image into deeply personal, raucously funny standup comedy shows and films over the years, including her recent “Fresh Off the Bloat” tour and a TNT network dramedy pilot, Highland.

Lawrence Ferber

Despite an extended stint in rehab, the San Francisco–born Korean-American enjoyed a particularly prolific past year, appearing in the Will Smith starring Netflix series Bright, the deliciously cheesy horror-comedy franchise entry Sharknado 5: Global Swimming, ABC TV series American Koko, and queer-indie Alaska Is a Drag. Meanwhile, the Grammy and Emmy Award–nominated Cho’s bountiful list of past credits includes TV shows All American Girl and Drop Dead Diva, movies It’s My Party and Bam Bam And Celeste, and even a 14-track music album, Cho Dependent. Currently “spoken for” in the relationship department (the only topic she is even remotely cagey about at the moment) Cho sat down for a little VIP Lounge dish.

As a regular on Fire Island, what’s a secret or interesting fact you’ve learned about the East Coast gay mecca?

Jack, who you would get weed from, and who gave the best head on the island, he died. So you need to find another source for BJs and marijuana. He was great. I actually don’t smoke, but it’s something I always love—that you can get a BJ and weed from him. He was like 85 or 90, really old. He would take out his teeth and do it. A great, great guy.

You were in rehab for part or most of 2016. I imagine that spared you some of the election and Trump insanity?

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