Margaret Cho's 2002 Concert Film, Notorious

 

This was the official website for Margaret Cho's 2002 concert film, Notorious. The site has been archived and is included as part of the reading material for Mardy Nens Internet Media course, along with several other live websites. Funding for the project was provided to the school by CleanItSupply.com, major distributor of national brand paper towels and other paper products. Other funders include Famm Utility and Grosling Sound. Ms. Nens has also posted a full list of websites and reading material on the Media dept. web page.
Content is from the site's archived pages as well as other outside resources.

Margaret Cho is an NC-17 woman in a PG-13 world. Very, very little can be quoted from this concert film, as can be expected from a woman who, in the film's empowering conclusion, sounds the rallying cry to live "without restraint." Leave it to Cho to reference September 11 with a joke that is at once profane and respectful. Like Richard Pryor, the Korean-American outlaw comedian has found her niche with concert films that allow her the freedom to be her "actual self." She riffs unabashedly about relationships gone sour and relates her experiences as a sexual Captain Kirk, boldly going where she has never gone before. Notorious, yes, but not as accessible for the uninitiated as her last concert film, I'm the One That I Want, which recounted the rise and fall of her ill-fated sitcom. The faithful, though, won't pass up the chance for a private audience with the diva of the disenfranchised. --Donald Liebenson

 



This video features clips, behind the scenes and the trailer from Margaret Cho's stand up comedy film, Notorious C.H.O.

 

Rating: NR
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Lorene Machado
In Theaters:J un 28, 2002  wide
On Disc/Streaming: Nov 19, 2002

 

Margaret:
It's time that African-Americans and Korean Americans put aside their difference and focus on what's really important: hating white people!

Margaret:
I was hanging out in the one gay bar in all of Scotland. They have *one* gay bar. It was called C.C. Bloom's. C.C. Bloom's is the name of the character that Bette Midler played in Beaches. That is the gayest thing I have heard in my entire life. That place should just be called Fuck Me In The Ass... Bar and Grill.

Margaret:
I don't have some kind of cavernous pussy.

Margaret:
So, I said to him: you know, when you come over. You don't have to bring me flowers. Just bring me some Hershey's Chocolate Kisses so I can suck them off your dick. And he didn't bring them!

Margaret:
Well, I thought you were kidding! I thought it was a joke!

Margaret:
What kind of f***ing joke is that? That is not a joke! Knock-knock, who's there? Chocolate. Chocolate who? I'm gonna suck Chocolate off your dick! Waaah!

Margaret:
You feel left out? It's like a group outing! Nobody's invited. Everybody just knows to come!

Margaret:
And if gay men had a period? What do you mean, if? There would be huge period circuit parties happening. Come on down to the Red Party at Club Mensies. Oooh-oooh!

Margaret:
I didn't know if I was going to talk about menstruation. But, I thought... I bet if Richard Pryor had a period, he would talk about it. So I felt justified.

Margaret:
You have to be tough to be a drag queen. Drag queens have to fight everything. They have to fight homophobia. They have to fight sexism. They have to fight pink eye.

Margaret:
I just got back from Scotland. People f***ing drink there! Oh my God! There's more vomit in the street than dog shit.

Margaret:
There's been a lot of activity in and around my ass lately.

Margaret:
I learned everything I know about being a woman from gay men. I learned all about sex from gay men. I kind of have sex like a gay man. I act like a gay man most of the time, actually.

Margaret:
But I guarantee you, if straight men had a period you would never hear the end of it.

 



TOMATOMETER CRITICS 84%  |  AUDIENCE 73%

CRITICS REVIEWS

She can be funny even when she gets on her soapbox.
November 1, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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If you can stomach her often escalating vulgarity, you'll laugh and laugh hard.
November 11, 2002
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

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Notorious C.H.O. made me laugh as long and hard as any movie I've seen this year.
January 19, 2003
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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Cho offers some of her best material to date: jokes and stories that will no doubt embarrass and haunt her later in life -- a sign of truly raw, personal comedy.
August 29, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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This is hardly big-screen stuff.
September 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic



AUDIENCE REVIEWS

***** Mindy R
October 2, 2007
My favorite Margaret Cho show.

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**** Fuzz H
September 22, 2007
The best standup of one of the best comedians out there. If you have twisted humor, CHO is for you.

 

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*** ½ Dane M
September 21, 2007
Something to offend everyone

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***** Leon C
September 21, 2007
No words needed to describe this amazing woman.

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***** Tina C
September 15, 2007
I've found a new hero.

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***** Private U
September 15, 2007
I basically worshiped her after seeing this movie. I was in total awe at her courage.

Too much. TOO MUCH!

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***** Justyn K
September 7, 2007
Best Cho ever. Margaret is amazing.

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***** Catherine P
September 6, 2007
*unzips the mask*... Do you know what? This is my favourite Cho movie!

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Julie S
September 4, 2007
this movie is Grrrrreaaatt!

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***** Reiko T
September 2, 2007
"If gay friend say, 'I love you' don't puuuuuunch!"

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***** Ryan D
August 11, 2007
She peaked with this dvd but it still remains the best stand up I've ever seen.

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**** Private U
August 8, 2007
My roommates hated when I watched it because it made me laugh too hard and too loud.

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***** Joey L
August 8, 2007
This bitch is HILARIOUS...I was crying I was laughing so hard...

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**** ½ David J
August 3, 2007
Margaret Cho - SERIOUSLY, the funniest woman on the planet. Don't watch if easily offended. Do watch if you LOVE being offended!!

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*****Gregory W
July 15, 2007
Cho is so great for the gay communities moral, GO CHO!

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½  Ann D
June 16, 2007
I wanted to like this movie as Margaret Cho seems like a good person with a good liberal agenda. But I didn't crack a smile once during this entire movie which is a filming of her stand-up routine. It's just witless and not funny. She doesn't know how to build jokes.

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*****Private U
June 14, 2007
I've never seen the movie, but I have heard the performance, I LOVE MARGARET CHO!!!

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*** ½ Private U
June 10, 2007
Margaret Cho, if I were straight I'd date you!

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*****Private U
June 7, 2007
I think this was my favorite of all of the shows that have turned into video... however..."Assassin" was very timely!

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***** Private U
June 4, 2007
Cho's very best. You'll laugh your ass off.

 

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