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By Holly Selby and By Holly Selby,Sun Staff | September 19, 1999
Once upon a time, comic actress Margaret Cho was the first Asian-American to star in her own television sitcom, ABC's "All-American Girl." That was 1994 and the fairy tale lasted seven short and devastating months.With TV producers insisting that her face was "too full," some viewers complaining she wasn't Korean enough, and problems with drug and alcohol use, Cho fell into a months-long period of self-abuse and self-recrimination. The show was canceled after just one season, and it took Cho much longer to pull herself together.
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By Ronald K. L. Collins | October 15, 2003
HUMOR IS in the ear of the beholder. What amuses some, riles others. As it should be. For once humor loses its ability to prick us -- to make us feel uneasy or uncomfortable -- it loses its cultural value. From the time of Aristophanes (the comic poet who mocked his nation's war efforts) to that of Margaret Cho (a contemporary comedian with a raunchy dislike of bigots), one of the high purposes of comedy has been to make us step outside of ourselves so that we may look at life anew. Incredibly, not even mild forms of such comedy have a place in Baltimore's Inner Harbor because they offend officials with eggshell sensibilities.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN FILM CRITIC | November 3, 2000
Filmed in front of an adoring audience at San Francisco's Warfield theater, "I'm the One That I Want" features comedian Margaret Cho at her painfully funny best. Best known to mainstream audiences as the star of the short-lived sitcom "All-American Girl," based on her stand-up act, Cho mines her experiences as an overweight, not conventionally pretty, Asian-American woman for comic material. A favorite of gay audiences, she opens with a hilarious, off-color riff geared especially to them, touching on everything from fashion designers, to a lesbian cruise line, to the drawbacks of sobriety.
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By SUN STAFF | September 19, 2002
Margaret Cho at the Improv Her network television show, All-American Girl, lasted only briefly (1994-95), but it gave stand-up comedian Margaret Cho wide public exposure and gained her many new fans -- fans who then followed as she resumed her career as one of the nation's few Korean-American comedy stars. She was disappointed, of course, that the sitcom bombed, but says in her Web site bio that it "was a good experience as far as finding myself, knowing who I was and what direction I wanted to take with my comedy."
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By Young Chang and Young Chang,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1999
Ling Woo, the newest cast member on "Ally McBeal," says, "Objection, your honor, I'm bored." She buys her sister a breast augmentation and sues the doctor for false advertisement. She helps a young cancer patient "sue God," or the Catholic Church, even demands a judge to "hurry up" while announcing the verdict. She is mean and beautiful and altogether intriguing. She is also Chinese.Some say she breaks stereotypes. Anything but the timid, soft-spoken Asian, she is loved for being brassy.Some say she cultivates stereotypes.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 28, 1994
One of the best early episodes of "Seinfeld" is repeated tonight, and that's the best broadcast TV has to offer. The rest of the action -- including new sitcom imports and an advance peek at one of the fall's new TV headliners -- is (during the summer, where else?) on cable.* "In the Heat of the Night" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This series will go on hiatus, for at least half a season: Although it remains in production, it's not on the network's fall schedule. This two-hour episode, in which the formerly bigoted sheriff Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor)
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By SUN STAFF | September 19, 2002
Margaret Cho at the Improv Her network television show, All-American Girl, lasted only briefly (1994-95), but it gave stand-up comedian Margaret Cho wide public exposure and gained her many new fans -- fans who then followed as she resumed her career as one of the nation's few Korean-American comedy stars. She was disappointed, of course, that the sitcom bombed, but says in her Web site bio that it "was a good experience as far as finding myself, knowing who I was and what direction I wanted to take with my comedy."
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By Ronald K. L. Collins | October 15, 2003
HUMOR IS in the ear of the beholder. What amuses some, riles others. As it should be. For once humor loses its ability to prick us -- to make us feel uneasy or uncomfortable -- it loses its cultural value. From the time of Aristophanes (the comic poet who mocked his nation's war efforts) to that of Margaret Cho (a contemporary comedian with a raunchy dislike of bigots), one of the high purposes of comedy has been to make us step outside of ourselves so that we may look at life anew. Incredibly, not even mild forms of such comedy have a place in Baltimore's Inner Harbor because they offend officials with eggshell sensibilities.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | March 3, 2005
A concert update: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT unless otherwise noted. Just announced Interpol, with Blonde Redhead, plays the Sonar Club in Baltimore on March 24. Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, performs at Constitution Hall in Washington on March 24. Cowboy Mouth will perform at the 9:30 Club in Washington on April 1. Call 800-955-5566. Velvet Revolver and Hoobastank perform at Merriweather Post in Columbia on May 21. Comedian Margaret Cho plays the Warner Theatre in Washington on May 13-14.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | May 5, 2005
An update on the concert scene: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT unless otherwise noted. Just announced Kem and Fantasia perform at Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six on June 19. Neil Diamond performs at the MCI Center in Washington on Aug 10. Tickets go on sale Monday. Also, Juan Luis Guerra and Marco Antonio Solis are there June 5. The Pixies, along with Bloc Party, play Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on June 13. Also performing there will be: Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper on June 17; tickets go on sale Saturday.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN FILM CRITIC | November 3, 2000
Filmed in front of an adoring audience at San Francisco's Warfield theater, "I'm the One That I Want" features comedian Margaret Cho at her painfully funny best. Best known to mainstream audiences as the star of the short-lived sitcom "All-American Girl," based on her stand-up act, Cho mines her experiences as an overweight, not conventionally pretty, Asian-American woman for comic material. A favorite of gay audiences, she opens with a hilarious, off-color riff geared especially to them, touching on everything from fashion designers, to a lesbian cruise line, to the drawbacks of sobriety.
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By Holly Selby and By Holly Selby,Sun Staff | September 19, 1999
Once upon a time, comic actress Margaret Cho was the first Asian-American to star in her own television sitcom, ABC's "All-American Girl." That was 1994 and the fairy tale lasted seven short and devastating months.With TV producers insisting that her face was "too full," some viewers complaining she wasn't Korean enough, and problems with drug and alcohol use, Cho fell into a months-long period of self-abuse and self-recrimination. The show was canceled after just one season, and it took Cho much longer to pull herself together.
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By Young Chang and Young Chang,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1999
Ling Woo, the newest cast member on "Ally McBeal," says, "Objection, your honor, I'm bored." She buys her sister a breast augmentation and sues the doctor for false advertisement. She helps a young cancer patient "sue God," or the Catholic Church, even demands a judge to "hurry up" while announcing the verdict. She is mean and beautiful and altogether intriguing. She is also Chinese.Some say she breaks stereotypes. Anything but the timid, soft-spoken Asian, she is loved for being brassy.Some say she cultivates stereotypes.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 28, 1994
One of the best early episodes of "Seinfeld" is repeated tonight, and that's the best broadcast TV has to offer. The rest of the action -- including new sitcom imports and an advance peek at one of the fall's new TV headliners -- is (during the summer, where else?) on cable.* "In the Heat of the Night" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This series will go on hiatus, for at least half a season: Although it remains in production, it's not on the network's fall schedule. This two-hour episode, in which the formerly bigoted sheriff Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor)
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By Nathan M. Pitts | October 4, 2001
Just announced Luther Vandross will perform at Constitution Hall in Washington Nov. 10-11. Tickets are on sale now. Also, the "Heavyweights of Comedy," tour, starring Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Talent and Melanie Comarcho, stops there Nov. 3. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Call 410-481-SEAT. The "Nothin' But the Funk" tour, starring Sinbad, comes to the Lyric Opera House Oct. 20. Tickets are on sale now. Call 410-481-SEAT. Comedian Margaret Cho performs at the Warner Theatre in Washington Oct. 19. Call 410-481-SEAT.
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