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Margaret Cho disappoints at West Valley show

Written by Michael Aaron

Touted as “a one-woman show about the lovable eccentricities of her mother and motherhood in general,” Margaret Cho’s West Valley City performances were instead more about educating herself on the oddities of the Mormon religion and almost nil on her mother. In fact, only one joke at the very end of the show, right before “good night everyone,” was about her mother. Instead, Cho immediately took off into Mormon jokes, being fed by drunk lesbians and reluctant twinks.

We get it. Mormons are funny. Mormon underwear is funny. Joking about gay sex in Mormon underwear can be funny. Homoeroticism of 19-year-old missionaries can be funny.

But we (gay Utahns) live it every day. We are over it. We went to her show to escape Mormons and hear your hilarious rendition of your mother and her stories.

And she failed us.

I kept waiting for the warm-up portion to be over and her actual show to start, but alas, it never happened.

I thought, perhaps, it was just our showing that was led astray by loud lesbians, but it turns out that every show at WiseGuys Comedy Club in West Valley went down this path, according to friends who attended those. In fact, some friends said that her last tour through Utah ended up being the same schtick.

For those who went to the show and were disappointed as well, check this five-minute YouTube clip of what you should have seen and hope that, one day, you might see her on stage doing it.

About the author

Michael Aaron

Michael Aaron is the editor and publisher of QSaltLake. He has been active in Utah's gay and lesbian community since the early 80s and published two publications then and in the 90s.


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