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5 minutes with: Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho is an actress and comedian who is currently touring her comedy album, Cho Dependent.

Margaret Cho is an actress and comedian who is currently touring her comedy album, Cho Dependent. She is also a cast member on Dancing With The Stars. Cho will be performing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Friday at 7:30 p.m.

This is a different tour than you’ve done before, tell me about Cho Dependent?
It is all new material that I have been working on for the past year as well as a few songs from my new album. It’s a lot more variety than my standup shows (in the) past as there’s joke songs and some surprises!

You’re a comedian and actress, what’s it been like testing the waters as a singer?
It’s still comedy as I am a standup comic, but I want my voice to sound good for it to have enduring value beyond the jokes in the songs. I love singing and it’s great to perform the songs I have written with the greatest musicians in the world.

What made you want to do a comedy album?
I had a lot of songs in me that I was dying to sing and I wanted to do an album as a tribute to the great comedy musicians like Weird Al and Steve Martin as well as Cheech and Chong. I love doing comedy music. It’s very gratifying.

You worked with a bunch of great artists on the album, what was that like?
I learned so much from everyone that I worked with — so amazing! All the artists gave me guitar lessons and singing lessons and showed me how to produce a record. I am so fortunate to have been able to get schooled from the best teachers in the world.

How is singing live on stage different from performing your comedy act?
It’s about how I can get my voice to still sound great even though the songs are funny, which is always a challenge. I am learning a lot and singing better every day.

You must be busy doing Dancing With The Stars and being on tour all at once, what’s that like?
My partner Louis and I are dancing on the tour bus, we are dancing in parking lots — everywhere we can!

What’s more difficult, learning the routines on Dancing With The Stars or performing them while wearing the tight, glittery costumes?
I love the costumes! The dancing is way hard but fun!