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Margaret Cho

The daughter of Korean immigrants who managed a bookstore in San Francisco, Cho was raised in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of the city when the memory of the hippie counterculture was still alive. She began doing comedy while in high school, was soon performing at colleges, and in 1999, created a one-woman show, “I’m the One That I Want!,” that toured the U.S. The routines were developed into a book of the same title that was published in 2002. Cho has done other national tours, as well as appearing in television series such as All American Girl (1994), The Cho Show (2008), and Drop Dead Diva (2009). Her comedy openly addresses topics such as race and sexual identity. Identifying as bisexual, Cho has spoken out on public issues such as the bullying of gay teens, and has received awards honoring her comedy and activism from organizations such as The Victory Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Organization of Women.