Margaret Cho herself observed that she gets more vulgar with age. That was in clear evidence when she stepped on the stage for her ninety-minute set at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. But whether she’s talking about sex with Sarah Palin, the virtues of olive oil lubricant (it’s not what you think and yet it’s exactly what you think), or lasting four days at Bonnaroo without taking a crap, she always manages to keep the audience over the edge with hysterical laughter. There’s something in her frank delivery that makes even sensitive subjects funny without treading too far into distasteful.
The thing about Margaret Cho, now 41, is that she is in great shape as a comedian (and thanks to the Dancing with the Stars, just in great shape). Having seen her stand up a few times before, this show, dubbed Cho Dependent, was far and away the best of them all.
Cho is promoting a new album of dirty pop music (well, maybe vulgar is a better word) and she played a few during the show. The delivery of the music was a little off, except for her encore acoustic performance of No Offense (sadly a non-album track because it’s amazing). Your Dick (originally featuring Ben Lee) was funny but she was on such a roll leading up to it, it just seemed out of place. And no offense to John Roberts, but My Puss was better when she performed it with comedian Diana Yanez 3 years ago.
Having said that, it’s clear that the music was largely besides the point, and more to the point, did not really detract a single speck from just how amazing her stand-up is. By now, certain topics are kind of routine for her, her mother especially, but by keeping a lot of her material topical (she touched on the recent suicides of gay teens as well as her stint on Dancing with the Stars) she keeps it all fresh and fantastic. Oh yeah, all around, she is pretty vulgar, and here’s hoping she stays that way.