Margaret Cho - Asian American

Bobby Slayton & Margaret Cho Season 1, Ep 0149 02/24/1992 Views: 9,101

It's hard being an Asian actress without role models on TV. (2:56)

I HAVE NIGHTMARES THAT I'LLBE CAST IN A HORRIBLE SITCOM

AND I WAKE UP SCREAMING.

♪ SHE'S NOT WEARINGANY WEDDING VEIL ♪

♪ 'CAUSE SHE'S THE KIND OF BRIDETHAT COMES IN THE MAIL. ♪

GROWING UP I WANTEDTO BE AN ACTRESS

BUT THERE WERE NEVER ASIAN WOMENON TV SO I HAD NO ROLE MODELS.

WELL, ONE--

"EXCUSE, MR. EDDIE'S FATHER."

EVEN THAT SHOW KUNG FU.

I HATED THAT SHOWBECAUSE DAVID CARRADINE

WHO PLAYED THE LEADWAS NOT EVEN CHINESE.

THAT SHOW SHOULD NOT HAVEBEEN CALLED KUNG FU.

IT SHOULD'VE BEEN CALLED THAT GUY'S NOT CHINESE.

MY FAVORITE SHOW OF ALL TIMETHOUGH WAS CHARLIE'S ANGELS.

THAT WAS THE BEST SHOW EVER.

I STILL HAVE ALL OF MY CHARLIE'S ANGELS TRADING CARDS

AND I USE THEMTO GIVE TAROT READINGS.

THEY'RE NOT REALLY GOODAT TELLING THE FUTURE.

IT'S MORE ABOUT WHEREYOU'RE AT RIGHT NOW.

BEWARE OF THE SHELLY HACK CARD.

( laughter )

MY FAVORITE EPISODE WAS ACTUALLYAN EPISODE OF THE LOVE BOAT

WHERE CHARLIE'S ANGELSWENT ON THE LOVE BOAT.

THAT WAS THE BEST DAYOF MY LIFE.

WE PLAYED A DRINKING GAMECALLED THE LOVE BOAT.

YOU'D PICK A CHARACTER

AND WHENEVER THAT CHARACTERCAME ON SCREEN YOU WOULD DRINK.

YOU COULD SPOT THE ALCOHOLICSBECAUSE THEY WERE LIKE

"I WANT TO BE THE SHIP."

( laughter )

MY PARENTS ALMOST NEVERLET ME WATCH THAT SHOW.

THEY WERE VERY STRICT.

THEY DON'T LIKE THE FACTTHAT I'M IN SHOW BUSINESS

BECAUSE THEY HAVE A STORE.

( laughter )

VERY RELIGIOUS FAMILY.

MY BROTHER ISTHE MOST RELIGIOUS.

HE'S 18 ANDHE USED TO BE A SURFER

BUT NOW HE'SA BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN.

HE'S CONSTANTLYTRYING TO CONVERT ME.

HE COMES UP AND HE SAYS

"MARGARET.

"MARGARET, HAVE YOUACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST

"AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR?

"HEY, WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

BITCH!"

ONE OF THE DISADVANTAGESOF BEING ASIAN IN AMERICA IS

SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T COMMUNICATEWITH YOUR FAMILY.

THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGETO BEING ASIAN IN AMERICA

IS THAT IF YOU'RE SOMEWHEREAND SOMEBODY TALKS TO YOU

AND YOU DON'T WANTTO TALK TO THEM

YOU CAN JUST PRETENDYOU DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH.

( Korean accent: )"OH, NO, I DON'T KNOW."