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Margaret Cho: ‘I Don’t Want to Invite Suffering Into My Life in Order to Create’

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This Is Stand-Up: Margaret Cho from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

In this episode of This Is Stand-Up, comedian Margaret Cho opens up to Voice contributor Jessica Pilot at the Town Hall in New York City. 

“Those who do [comedy] know they have to do it,” Cho tells the Voice. “I think I was really born into it and knew that was my identity at a very young age.”

Cho addresses race in comedy, how she considers herself a kind of a laugh-inducing yoga instructor, and delving into dangerous territory: “I don’t want to invite suffering into my life in order to create, but somehow none of us are immune to it.”

“That’s all I have — is the knowledge of my own suffering,” Cho explains. “So then I can amplify that and hopefully make it somewhat entertaining, so that other people who feel the same way feel free.”

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