Margaret Cho had a meltdown the other day and it was quite the spectacle. She tried to lecture a comedy club audience on race and rape, but the problem was there was no comedy involved. That’s the thing, if you’re being funny people will enjoy your act. It’s really that simple. Chris Rock talks about race all the time and he gets good reactions. Richard Pryor used to do the same quite often. They had skill, though. Ms. Cho seems to be lacking in that department.
“A lot of what she was saying was her actual standup material, but she kept forgetting the punchlines, so she just repeated [herself] over and over again. It took about 10 minutes until the audience really started to chatter, and no one heckled her at first. Then when she started to tell the same story for the third time in 15 minutes (maybe even less), people had enough and started to leave. The setup to the joke she was trying to tell was ‘rape is bad, kill your rapist.’ It sounded to an unknowing audience that she was just chanting that rape is bad, and then she started screaming ‘kill your rapist’ over and over again.”…
“She kept going even though the entire audience was either walking out the door or talking amongst themselves, and she kept asking why people were talking. When she noticed a guy in the front row with his back to her, she started yelling about white privilege and said the audience was victim-blaming because she was trying to inform us about rape,” another witness said. “Then she said that Trump will win the election because of everyone’s white privilege. By that time, most of the crowd had left and were hanging out outside, and the people who were left started screaming back and forth, and a scuffle broke out.”
Another source who witnessed the meltdown tells us, “She walked two-thirds of the audience, and they generally weren’t even angry, just concerned for her safety. [Cho] was so incoherent onstage that a table of doctors at the show said they stayed despite the poor performance for fear that she would need medical attention.”
TMZ got a hold of video footage from this epic collapse…
Cho seems to be preoccupied with people not being able to get refunds for this disaster, but in fact many of them did. The club management was much nicer about it all than I would have been, saying they will “be there” for Margaret in the future. I’m not sure how much more future there is after seeing this tape. I can see why she’s veered off into more activism as of late. Her comedy chops seem to have completely deserted her. Then again, it’s hard to make stuff like this funny in the first place. You have to be highly skilled, and I don’t think I would have ever described Cho that way, even back when she seemed to have a modicum of talent.
The lesson of all this? Social Justice: Not Even Once.
Cover Photo from margaretcho.com (lol)