“My favorite comedians are women,” said Margaret Cho, a comedian and a woman. “I’ve never thought or understood why people didn’t think women were funny. I do think it’s harder for women to withstand some of the pressures. Men have a better sense of community.”
We’d asked for her thoughts on male comedian Adam Carolla’s pronouncement earlier this summer that “dudes are funnier than chicks.” He expanded some on that thought in an interview with the New York Post, spurring a minor Twit- and blogosphere dust-up before everyone moved on to more important topics.
Three days after the article ran, Alec Baldwin helpfully deferred attention by mixing it up with a New York Daily News photographer.
Anyway, Cho is proud that “Drop Dead Diva,” her locally filmed Lifetime drama-comedy, features such strong female roles including lead Brooke Elliott, who plays stylish attorney Jane Bingum, and her own role as Jane’s assistant Teri Lee. To say nothing of the roster of entertainers including Paula Abdul, Liza Minnelli, Kathy Griffin, Serena Williams, Joan Rivers, Patty Duke, Brandy, Kelly Osbourne and Kim Kardashian, who have stopped in for guest roles.
“We write great parts for women,” Cho said. “We have a lot of great wonderful people come and play with us. My favorite so far was having Patty Duke. I’m such a fan of hers. I really enjoyed spending time with her. She’s so gifted.”
Cho will share her comedic gifts during two live performances next month at the Punchline Comedy Club, at 280 Hilderbrand Drive in Sandy Springs. She’ll take the stage at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets are $28 and available now by calling 404-252-5233 or online at www.punchline.com.
“With comedy, you are constantly having to prove yourself,” Cho said. “Not just every performance — every 30 to 45 seconds. You don’t have that luxury that other types of performers have.”
Her show is titled “Mother,” giving you a pretty good idea of who inspired her material, but her adopted new hometown offers plenty of fodder, too.
“Doing a Southern accent is not as easy as anyone thinks,” she said. “You can tell the difference between Cumming and Macon and LaGrange. I’m trying to play with that.”
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