|Margeret Cho’s new concert film Cho Dependent will show at this year’s Frameline Festival.
Comedian, actor, author, activist, and all around entertainer Margaret Cho was granted the annual Frameline Award on June 19. An outspoken proponent of marriage equality and transgender rights, she has been a Frameline presence for years, seen in Bam Bam and Celeste (Frameline 29), Girltrash! (Frameline 31), Rick & Steve, the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (Frameline 29), and Cho Dependent, this year’s concert film.
“I am very, very honored to be able to give this award to someone who was born and raised here in the Bay Area, has been an absolutely tireless supporter of our community from the very beginning, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect person to honor on our 35th anniversary,” said Frameline Festival Director Jennifer Morris during the ceremony at the Castro Theatre. “But because she is so fantastic and wonderful, she is very, very, busy and couldn’t be here tonight. She is very sorry about that, but we do have here to accept the Frameline Award for her, her longtime director of so many of all her films we have screened here, Lorene Machado.”
“Since Margaret is not here, I’m going to be the Asian stand-in,” Machado joked. “But you’re going to see a great movie tonight. And I’d also like to say thank you to Frameline, who has supported us with I’m the One That I Want in 1999, shot here in San Francisco. And thank you Jennifer, so much for all your help.”
Morris said, “We also have the executive producer of the film, Keri Smith Esguia, who produced the filming of this very short message from Margaret.” Smith said, “Margaret wanted to be here, but she is working in Atlanta on TV’s “Drop Dead Diva,” and screened the video. “I’ve been working with Frameline for a very long time, and I hope you enjoy the show,” said Cho on the video. “I am very honored to receive this award.”
Cho Dependent opened with tons of audience members lining up to get into the Tabernacle theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Cho reminisced about her experience as a contestant on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” especially regarding her mother coming to every performance and “emitting a low pitched moan that only I could hear,” and then hilariously impersonated her Korean mother. She expressed no love for fellow contestant Bristol Palin, and absolute vitriol toward Sarah Palin. She was afraid she would wake up to a severed, bloody moose head in her bed a la “Godfathers.”
Cho said the reason she agreed to appear “Dancing with the Stars” was to make a statement about gay pride and preventing queer teen suicide. She even wore a rainbow gown “with some gay-ass partner.” She said, “If I helped one gay kid feel good about himself, then I fuckin’ won!” She joked about her strategy of having “the most pronounced camel-toe,” elaborating, “I would stick coffee stirrers up there to shove it in, so all they would see onscreen was camel-toe and a phone number.”
Cho spoke of her trips to Provincetown, saying “straight people take up a lot of room,” but gay people tend to march closely, like they’re used to being in a parade in tight formation. She said she always tries to spend her money in gay-owned and gay-occupied establishments “and shows like this one.” The crowd gave a loud queen scream.
She did a whole routine about Grindr, explaining, “Grindr is like a GPS for cock, as if it was a challenge for gay men to find cock; now there’s an app for that.” She was sad there was no lesbian equivalent and “the closest thing we have is animal rescue.”
She exhorted gay men not to stay in a religion that does not support gay sexuality, illustrating, “No matter how much you love the Lord, you will never love the Lord as much as you love cock. And no hymn will ever sound as good as balls slapping on your neck.”
Cho called herself “bisexual, although I am also attracted to transgender people, so that just makes me Greedy. I can add another ‘G’ into the GLBT.” She added, “And I am a hard core fag hag, and I think being a gay man is the greatest possible human being.” She explained, “If you’re a gay man, you’re near the end of your reincarnation cycle. You only have a couple more lifetimes to go.”
She said if she was a gay man, she would get spit-roasted every day, which is “getting fucked up the ass and sucking a cock at the same time. I would love a spit-roast, because I am Korean, and we like barbecue.”
She sings several songs from her CDs, including a country song about bludgeoning her bad boyfriend and hiding the body in the attic, commenting, “I put the ‘cunt’ in country.” She also duets in a hysterical vajayjay-off song, “My Puss, Your Puss.” And audiences will delight in her “Best Friend Forever, the Dick,” backed up by the full Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus behind her.
There is everything in this movie, from her wanting to fuck everyone in an old age home when she becomes 80, to finding a sperm donor to get her pregnant, to her adventures when smoking pot.
Be sure to stay through to the very end with the credits rolling, where Cho plays the guitar, “because I saw Madonna doing it,” about fucking someone ugly “for four years” and “sex with you just makes me want to die.” Uproarious!
Machado said Cho Dependent will be on TV this fall, but she can’t say on which channel it will appear. Details are available at MargaretCho.com.