Sunday, December 7, 2008

Margaret Marathon on LOGO Today!

Enjoying your Sunday? Good! Looking for something to watch? If you missed any of The Cho Show, LOGO is airing all 7 episodes today! Relive all the fun and all the shenanigans with Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Cho, Selene Luna and the gang starting at 3:30pm Pacific.

Following The Cho Show marathon, at 7pm Pacific, you can catch the movie Bam Bam & Celeste. Margaret wrote, directed and stars in this film, along with Bruce Daniels, Alan Cumming, Kathy Najimi and Wilson Cruz. Margaret calls it a "fag and faghag version of Dumb & Dumber."

That's 5 1/2 hours of Margaret! They should do that more often!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Thanks Margaret!!

Yesterday was an awesome day! I stayed up really late Thursday night writing a special blog in honor of Margaret's birthday and it really paid off! Margaret thanked me on her blog, which is posted on her site as well as myspace. Check out what she said about me here!

Needless to say, I was beside myself, as my friend Jamie put it. Margaret's acknowledgment made my week!

One thing I have come to appreciate recently is that Margaret really nurtures talent in her fellow performers. When asked if she wants kids in the October/November issue of BUST, Margaret eschews the idea, saying "I have a tendency to adopt young people, like comedians and friends and such, so I sorta already have kids. Like, a lot of kids. It all works out."

In the same interview, Margaret explains why there are so many more gay men at her shows than straight women. "I think the gay guys get the tickets first! They're willing to be on hold longer!" Ain't that the truth?!

For more great Cho-isms on a variety of topics, check out Margaret Cho: Evil Slut? which was also done as a birthday tribute.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy 40th Birthday, Margaret Cho!

From Blake & Margaret

Early 1993. It's 11:00pm on a school night. VHS tapes are flying!

I've turned on The Arsenio Hall Show, as I always do, to see who the guests will be. Tonight, the name "Margaret Choooooooo" rings out. (Arsenio was extending his vowels LONG before Oprah started doing it!)

I think I've seen her before. This chick is damn funny! The clock is ticking. I have to find a video tape I can record over before Margaret walks out. There's no YouTube or yet. If I don't record this appearance, I may never see it again!

With mere seconds to spare, the sacrificial tape is found. I hit RECORD on the VCR and sit back to enjoy the performance.

"How do you like my disco jumpsuit?" Margaret asks in a valley girl accent. Her curled hair bounces as she throws her arm up in a 70s dance pose. I laugh violently for five straight (well...) minutes.

Omigod! I want her to be my friend! At 18, I haven't related to a performer like this before. Sure, Dolly Parton and the Mandrell Sisters fascinated me as a child. And yes, Madonna provided the soundtrack to my teenage years. But never before have I felt this connection. If she went to my school, Margaret Cho and I would be eating lunch together with the other less-popular kids.

That night changed my life. Margaret talked about the music she loved. She told stories about her gay friend. She was fun! "She gets me," I thought.

I just had to see this gal in person! My dad braved "Hollyweird" to take me to a taping of All-American Girl. (It turned out to be the last episode.) I made my own CHO shirts before they sold such a thing. And of course I was there when Margaret came to Fresno, giving her a Charlie's Angels lunchbox!

From Blake & Margaret

My best friend/pseudo-sister Racheal and I trekked to the Irvine Improv time and again to see Margaret's stand-up. We chatted her up in the back of the club, getting autographs and taking pictures with her. We even paid to see the early AND late shows!

From Blake & Margaret

If you ever doubt the impact a comic can have on someone's life, look no further than Margaret Cho. She's never too busy to sign an autograph or pose for a photo. She's always there with kind words and a friendly smile. She's a tireless crusader for equal rights--not only for the gay community, but for anyone who is marginalized. She's there laughing with us through the good times and crying with us through the bad.

Here's Margaret laughing with us in Prop 8: The Musical, rockin' the hot pink tank top in all her tatted glory!

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

I love you, Margaret. Happy, Happy Birthday! Thank you, and keep on rockin'!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Leslie Jordan, Ian Harvie & The Griddle

Monday night was a great night! Once again, I hit up The Ian Harvie Show at Largo in West Hollywood. This fiesta of gayness is a showcase for up-and-coming talent as well as established performers.

This time, my friend, singer/songwriter Dan Holguin was part of the show! He wowed the audience with his renditions of '80s classics "Cold Hearted," "Here Comes The Rain Again," and "I'll Stand By You." Then the lovely and talented Marcela Carmona joined Dan on vocals and piano for "Careless Whisper."

Host Ian Harvie kept us in stitches with tales of armpit turn-ons and how he'd hide it if he became pregnant (a la Thomas Beatie). Comic and actress Sarah Hyland entertained with crazy characters, including one who performed tongue pushups. (You had to be there.)

And if all that weren't enough, the incomparable Leslie Jordan was also on hand. You may know Leslie from countless TV shows, but his most memorable outrageous characters are Beverley Leslie (Karen Walker's wig-snatching nemesis on Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy) and Brother Boy (the Tammy Wynette-obsessed loony bin patient from the film and series "Sordid Lives.")

Leslie is small in stature (4' 11"), but he's a comic giant with the gift of gab and the ability to make you pee your pants with laughter. He captivated the crowd, recounting tales from his memoir, "My Trip Down The Pink Carpet," which he's turned into a one-man show. He will perform the show December 4-21 at LA's Renberg Theatre. Go to for info.

I had the chance to chat with Leslie and he graciously signed my book. However, he rejected my plain black pen, declaring in his signature southern drawl, "I have a pink Sharpie!"

He also proclaimed his love for The Griddle Cafe on Sunset (as well as the beautiful men who work there). I've enjoyed their gargantuan, tasty pancakes before, so I decided to venture over there the next morning. As I sat eating an Oreo-filled "Black Magic" pancake, I looked across the counter and sure enough, there was Leslie, having breakfast and reading his morning paper.

If you've missed any of Leslie's shenanigans as Brother Boy on Sordid Lives, or if you just want to relive all the scandal, you can catch a marathon of all 12 episodes this Saturday, November 29 at 12 Noon Eastern/9 am Pacific on LOGO.

The next installment of The Ian Harvie Show is a special one. On December 10, Ian will again be joined by Leslie Jordan as well as Margaret Cho, Ant, Alec Mapa and others to say No on H8! Proceeds will benefit Equality California.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Margaret Rocks The Capitol

The fight for gay marriage continues, and Margaret Cho is at the forefront. Today, our gal joined nearly 5,000 protesters on the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento, California. Along with attorney and activist Gloria Allred, Margaret lent her voice to the cause. She sang a song she wrote called "Shove Proposition 8 Up Their Ass!"

Of course, being a news outlet, the Sacramento ABC site bleeped and blurred a few words. You can watch their clip here.

Last Saturday, November 15, Margaret appeared in Cincinnati, Ohio at one of many rallies held simultaneously across the country. Here is her speech along with the song, unedited. And in the rain, no less!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kathy Griffin at Bette Midler's Hulaween!

Well, this year I didn't do anything for Halloween, but Kathy Griffin, Bette Midler and Gloria Estefan were whoopin' it up! The gay icons collided at The Divine Miss M's annual Hulaween gala, a benefit for Bette's New York Restoration Project. Hopefully these gals didn't literally collide because Bette was wielding a bloody cleaver to go with her crazy chef costume!

Check out the coverage and tons of pics here.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Margaret Cho in Long Beach

From Margaret in Long Beach
Famous faces! Cameras swirling! No on Prop 8 signs aplenty! And this wasn't a political event! Saturday night, Margaret Cho tore it up at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre with "Beautiful," her latest show.

I made the pilgrimage for some ritual Cho worship with my friend Dan Holguin, a talented singer/songwriter. Before the show even started, we greeted the always gorgeous Selene Luna of The Cho Show in the lobby. (Later, she told us about her upcoming slasher flick, My Bloody Valentine.)
From Margaret in Long Beach
Liam Sullivan opened the show, performing as his characters Kelly and Susan. The best part was his freaky sex therapist skit, complete with John Denver references, which was presented on the video screen. ("Eeew! Uuugh!")

After an intermission, Margaret lit up the stage with a riff on Sarah Palin and the requisite Mommy impressions. She had the audience roaring with hilarious tales of her very NC-17 sexual escapades.

To add to the excitement, this performance was filmed to be Margaret's next concert DVD. No on Prop 8 signs & stickers were passed out, and at the end of the show, Margaret urged everyone to vote No.

In the green room after the show, Margaret graciously posed for pictures with many admirers while her film crew's cameras rolled. We chatted with Bruce Daniels (photo below), who opened for Margaret on her Revolution tour.
From Margaret in Long Beach
We also gabbed with Ian Harvie, host of the monthly Ian Harvie Show at Largo, and his sweet girlfriend Sarah.
From Margaret in Long Beach
It was a wonderful night filled with friends and laughter, which really is therapeutic. I can't wait to do it again!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Still Fighting Against Prop 8!

As evidence of the Yes campaign's unfortunate wide reach and deep pockets, new commercials have been rolled out, signs keep popping up, and large demonstrations are being held.

Those of us fighting Prop 8 are doing what we can: donating, rallying, and trying to get the word out that this proposition is unfair and wrong. It's discrimination, plain and simple.

Our gathering two weeks ago in front of In & Out at Mooney & Walnut in Visalia was a big success. More than 120 people turned out with signs, and many motorists honked and waved in support. Tomorrow, we'll be rallying again in the same place, 5-7pm. If you can join us, we'd love the support. If you're in the area, drive by and honk!

The Fresno Bee supports No on Prop 8 (click here to read), and California Senator Dianne Feinstein has unleashed this video to help in the fight for equality.

Monday, October 27, 2008

More Kimberley Locke Pix!

Last Month, American Idol's Kimberley Locke gave a great performance at the Tulare County Fair. I had the pleasure of seeing this live show, and I took quite a few pictures. I've been meaning to get them posted for a while, but perfectionism and procrastination have kept that from happening.

Here they are at long last! Thanks for your patience, and I hope you enjoy them! Click the link below to see the whole album.

From K. Locke in Tulare, CA

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MySpace Celebrity Selene Luna

Recently, on a few occasions, I've had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Selene Luna. I first became familiar with her as a performer in Margaret Cho's burlesque/variety show The Sensuous Woman. This year, she joined Margaret on VH1's The Cho Show.

Selene's a Hollywood mover and shaker, and she sure can shake it! As such, she's been named a MySpace Celebrity. Check out this vid where she talks about what she's up to, including the No on Prop 8 PSA she made with Margaret. (Just scroll down to watch that on my blog!)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Visalia NO on Prop 8 Rally

Last night I participated in a No on Prop 8 rally, which was a great success. I got to meet and talk to some wonderful people. There was news coverage on the Fresno ABC (click to watch) and FOX stations. Contrary to news reports, there were approximately 100 people who turned out to show their support for equality!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fighting the Yes Campaign's Lies

Undoubtedly many of you have seen the commercials put out by the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. They resort to outright lies about churches and schools in order to get people up in arms and scare them into voting to legislate descrimination.

Unfortunately, the No on Prop 8 campaign doesn't have as much funds as the Yes campaign does. This is why we haven't seen No commercials on TV to counteract the deception of the Yes commercials.

Today, the No campaign released this PSA to fight all the misinformation out there. Watch now, and pass it on to everyone you know!

Also, Ellen DeGeneres, who recently married her partner Portia de Rossi, made a NO on Prop 8 PSA. Check it out!

Strike Two For Madonna

Speculation has run rampant for months, and now it's confirmed: Madonna's second marriage is over. In typical Hollywood style, Madge and Guy Ritchie asked for privacy in a joint statement released by Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg. Remember her? She was the kooky gal with the bouncy headgear when Madonna received her honor from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Anyway, read the whole story on OMG!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Margaret Cho & HRC Fight Prop 8

Margaret Cho, BFF to gays everywhere, has filmed a great PSA urging people to vote NO on Proposition 8. Her "The Cho Show" sidekick Selene Luna is by her side, starring as her neighbor. Watch it now!

Margaret was sick as a dog when she shot this a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to show her support of the community that supports her. Once again, she is going above and beyond, giving so generously of her time and effort to ensure that all of us have equal rights in this important matter.

Also, the Human Rights Campaign is DOUBLING every donation made today (up to $120,000) to fight Prop 8. Go here and donate TODAY:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Blake & Cho are Voting No, Shouldn't You?

I'm probably preaching to the choir here, since most of the people reading this are my friends, but I hope you all will Vote No on Prop 8! California's Proposition 8 aims to reverse the ruling earlier this year which allows same sex couples to marry.

I am not a very political person, and I usually don't talk much about politics or religion. I avoid arguments and confrontation whenever I can because I don't enjoy them. I was never on the debate team. Hell, I don't even know if my school had a debate team when I was there!

This week, Margaret Cho is hosting Equalipalooza, a benefit to defeat Proposition 8. The event is being held Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm in San Francisco. If I were closer and/or it wasn't being held on a week night, I'd certainly try to go. But if any of you are close enough, I'd encourage you to go and show your support! Click the link for info and to buy tickets!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Ian Harvie Show

Monday night I went out to Largo at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood to catch the Ian Harvie Show. This monthly happening is a variety show with stand-up comedy, musical performances and interview segments.

This intimate venue is great for working on new material, which is just what Ian did. Much of his stand-up comedy deals with his experiences being transgender. You couldn't make something like that up just for the sake of schtick!

Pleasant Gehman, aka Princess Farhana, made the transition from bellydancing goddess to storytelling comic. Her friendly persona and natural stage presence drew the audience in. Pleasant took us on a journey from shoplifting to her sexual fantasy involving Michael Phelps and his eight gold medals. And honestly, I don't think anyone has made bulimia funnier!

Ian then returned to interview the cast of The Cho Show. John Stapleton, John Blaine, Selene Luna and Charlie Altuna recounted tales of growing up, working in Hollywood, and joining Margaret Cho for zany antics on her VH1 show. These folks are all friends, which gave the chat an easy familiarity. They had no problem getting up in each other's business and sharing with the audience.

Finally, gay rapper Lisp took the stage, throwing rhymes about "shaving your juevos," after which he was joined by thugged-out honeys Selene and Pleasant.

Afterwards, I met Ian Harvie, who genuinely thanked me for coming out to the show. Ian is someone who loves what he does, and his sincerity and kindness are truly remarkable. The Live Nude Girls sign behind us was not for his show, but could certainly apply to The Sensuous Woman, in which Ian appeared with Margaret, Selene and friends.

I chatted up Pleasant, who was sweet as pie, just as her name suggests. (Heaven forbid she have an off day!) Of course the Olympic medal she's sporting in our picture relates to her Michael Phelps fantasy.

The effervescent Selene was awesome as always! (Note the Bill Clinton pendant.) She told us she was on the hunt for an indoor voice. You know Selene's near before you even see her, because her endearing voice really carries and is instantly recognizable.

All in all, it was a great night. This family of performers really fosters creativity in each other, and it was exciting to share the evening with them. Previous segments, including a chat with Margaret, can be seen on Ian Harvie's website, and Monday night's show should be uploaded soon!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Margaret's Va-Jay-Jay Is Haunted!

Tonight's the SEASON FINALE of The Cho Show!! Two episodes, back to back!

In the first episode, Margaret believes she's haunted from the inside out and that it's the source of her writer's block! Watch her vaginal exorcism!

The second episode features Margaret in San Francisco, her hometown, where mayor Gavin Newsom declares it Margaret Cho Day. Make tonight count and watch both episodes!

For a rockin' good time, download "I Cho Am A Woman" if you haven't done so yet. I prefer Amazon for downloading music, but it's also on iTunes and Rhapsody.

Also, the soundtrack to Sordid Lives: The Series is now available on iTunes. It features six great songs by Olivia Newton-John, including "You Look Like A Dick To Me." (Scroll down for the video.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Last Week of The Cho Show!

I can't believe The Cho Show is winding up already. There are only two new episodes left, and they both air this Thursday night!

I remember when I first heard about All-American Girl in 1994. I was so excited that Margaret would have her own sitcom! Before the internet and things like YouTube were so accessible, it was thrilling that my gal was going to have a weekly gig in homes across America via network TV. As it turned out, AAG was a sanitized, Disney-ized version of the irreverent comic performer. The Cho Show is much truer to who Margaret is. She's at her best with her fun-loving, no-holds-barred comedy. Here's an extended version of her stand-up from episode one:

But just as the show is establishing itself and getting into a groove, the first season is ending. At just seven episodes, it was simply not enough! Hopefully VH1 will give Margaret, Selene and the Glam Squad another season. Check out this hilarious extended scene where the gang discusses how Mr. & Mrs. Cho believe that Selene Luna is born of Margaret:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dance Diva Margaret Cho

Once again, it's Thursday, and that means it's Cho night! On last week's episode of The Cho Show, Margaret tore it up in the recording studio, and the result is "I Cho Am A Woman." You can download it on iTunes, Amazon or Rhapsody! (While you're at it, check out the Wed-Rock CD, which features Margaret's duet with John Cameron Mitchell on "Origin of Love" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.)

Here's Margaret premiering her song at San Francisco gay club Tranny Shack. People sometimes ask what it is about Margaret that appeals to the gay community, and why there's such a mutual admiration society. I think this clip explains it well.
"Woman" is very Britney-esque, but it wouldn't be Margaret without her trademark comedy, here in the form of hilarious asides. So go download it, and then watch tonight's episode. It starts right out with an appearance by Joan Rivers!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sordid Lives Tonight!

If you haven't seen it yet, check out Sordid Lives: The Series on LOGO. The original movie was hailed as "a black comedy about white trash," and the series continues that tradition. The weekly show is actually a prequel to the movie, and it's southern family is deliciously dysfunctional. With standout stars Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace's Beverly Leslie), Beth Grant, Ann Walker, Jason Dottley and songbird Olivia Newton-John, this series is not to be missed!

Check out Olivia as a woman scorned singing "You Look Like A Dick To Me."

There are tons of extras & bonus features on the LOGO site!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Kimberley Locke Rocks Tulare!

Last night, I caught Kimberley Locke's concert at the Tulare County Fair. If you don't know, Tulare County is a farming region located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The fairgrounds is home of the World Ag Expo, so the smell of money was in the air last night, if you catch my drift. Not a lot of my gals come to this area, so when they do, I really make an effort to support them.

I've been a fan of K-Lo's since season 2 of American Idol (Clay who?) and was really rooting for her to win. Earlier this summer, I finally got to see her perform at LA's gay pride festival. Dance mixes of her songs have been big club hits, and Kimberley didn't disappoint. She belted out many of these versions, encouraging the audience to sing along. She playfully chided, "You missed your chorus, bitches!" when we got a bit distracted by her well-sculpted dancers!

Last night's show was a bit different. In lieu of dance tracks, she sang with a talented live band comprised of many of her long-time friends. Until the end, most of the audience stayed seated, but Kimberley took it in stride. "I'm used to people standing up, dancing around, being silly. You guys are really good listeners, aren't you?" Having been part of the fun crowd she described, I had to laugh at her observation.

Locke looked sexy in a long-sleeved black top and black hot shorts and sporting a sassy new short haircut. She pleased the crowd with her incredible voice and witty banter. She even dealt with an overzealous (or just drunk) fan, cleverly acknowledging him and putting him in his place at the same time. My only complaint was that she didn't sing "Band Of Gold," one of my favorite tunes.

After the show, she graciously signed autographs. She was very sweet and appreciative when I said I'd seen her at LA Pride. I wanted to try to meet her after that show, but I was stuck in audience gridlocke (sorry, I can't help myself!) waiting for Olivia Newton-John's performance. I told Kimberley last night, "We were hoping you'd have your dancers with you, but I don't think Tulare's ready for that!" She agreed. After all, you do have to know your audience.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sandra Bernhard Meets The Chos!

Last March, my friend Racheal and I caught Margaret Cho's Beautiful show at the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Since I'm such a celebriphile, you can imagine my delight when I saw comedienne & vocalist Sandra Bernhard three rows in front of me. Then I noticed Mr. & Mrs. Cho on the other side of the center aisle. As great as the show is, I was a bit distracted. I watched Sandra to see what she laughed at. I watched the Chos for their reactions. And when Margaret riffed on her parents, I watched Sandra watching them!

Of course, the VH1 cameras were there to capture it all. The meeting of this fab foursome was just one scene that didn't make it into last week's episode, but you can check it out here:

In hopes of having a hit single, or just another creative outlet, Margaret hit LA's Record Plant recording studio with producer Desmond Child. He produced "We All Sleep Alone," "Bang Bang," "Just Like Jesse James" and other songs for Cher. Of course, he's worked with many other artists, but never mind them!

Cher's vocal stylings are instantly recognizable and absolutely unforgettable. Clearly Margaret felt the same, as Desmond had to admonish her not to sing "as Cher." I find the recording industry fascinating, so it was interesting to see the work that goes into recording a song. Watch Margaret take a stab at it:

Oh yeah, Margaret and Selene Luna made a mock sex tape too! You can watch the whole hilarious episode on (They should really be paying me for this!) And if that's not enough Margaret, check out Perez Hilton's iChat with her.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Reality Overload

Recently, my friend Dawn told me I remind her of Suede from the current season of Project Runway. I replied, "When Blake talks about himself in the third person, Blake tries to make sure no one else is around!" Blake doesn't have a blue fauxhawk either, but that's another story!

Project Runway is just one of the many reality shows I've been watching lately. Aside from Big Brother, which ends next week, my recent selection involves lots of fashion and design-based shows. I stumbled onto Glam God with Vivica A. (don't forget the A!) Fox because it's part of VH1's "FAB GLAM CHO" Thursday nights. Glam God is like Project Runway for stylists. They start with existing gowns or ensembles and embellish with jewels, handbags, shoes and other accessories. And like any good reality show, there are plenty of gays, but don't judge this book by its cover:

Then there's Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project, featuring... you guessed it! Celebrity stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe. When the big names in Hollywood need to be perfectly put together for red carpet events, they call Rachel. And in true diva style, she's got her assistants/sidekicks. Let the catfights begin!

Finally, in the vein of HGTV's Design Star (Helloooo David Bromstad!) is Top Design, also on Bravo. Like Design Star, Top Design features a slew of interior designers trying to make it big. One of this season's contestants is a woman who wants to be known as more than just Mrs. Rick(y) Schroder. Right away, her roommate sees her wedding photo (a profile shot) and says, "Your husband looks like Ricky Schroder!" So much for that!

In a funny coincidence, my Hotties 2 Watch on Glam God and Top Design are both named Preston. Check out Top Design's Preston here!

Of course, today is Thursday, and that means The Cho Show is on tonight. Since I know you already watch that, check out Glam God while you're at it. You can watch FULL EPISODES, see bonus scenes, interviews, and get all the scoop on both shows at!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Just a junkie (of sorts)

I am a junkie, it's true. When I wake up in the morning, there it is. On my lunch break, a quick fix. After work, I have to have it. It got me through the rough times. It helped me bond with my parents. Grandma even calls me at night to make sure I'm getting it!

I admit it: I can't live without my television! And it's not just TV. I think of myself as an entertainment junkie. Music, movies, and the boob tube have all played a part in molding (and warping) my psyche.

As a kid, it never really seemed like punishment to be sent to my room. At just 7 or 8 years old, I was already spinning records, if only for my own enjoyment. In junior high, I lived for Tuesday nights when "Roseanne" helped me forget my disdain for school. For ten years in my early adulthood, I never missed my "Friends" on Thursday night.

The tapestry of my life is woven with records, CDs, and VHS tapes. Well, the latter is more piled than woven, but that's beside the point. At any given time, it's as if someone has pressed "Shuffle Songs" in the iPod of my mind. Or on my actual iPod.

Just the other day, I was listening to Cho reading a poignant excerpt from her audio book "I'm The One That I Want." She was recounting the life lessons she learned from her high school friends Alan & Jeremy. The teenage drag queens had taught her to believe in herself. They also schooled the diva-in-training in many other things not for the faint of heart!

And then, with blaring horns and loud guitars, the tender moment was over. Frankie Valli took the wheel of the nostalgia car with the theme from the movie "Grease." The contrast of the spoken-word memories and the '70s soundtrack song made me laugh out loud! But as Margaret's mom would say, "I guess you had to be there."
(I guess it wasn't such an odd juxtaposition after all, since the autobio's title is a twist on the closing number from the movie musical.)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Forever Your... Girls?

If you thought Paula Abdul's multiple personalities were crowding the judges' table on American Idol, just wait until January! According to producers, there will be another judge to contend with when the new season begins.

Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi (I hadn't heard of her either) will be the fourth critic added to the mix. With her long list of credits, it sounds like she might be the next Diane Warren.

I have to wonder what this will do to the judging. With three judges, there was always a sense of "majority rules" with the reviews. An extra judge will definitely cause some ties, so viewers might have to (Gasp!) think for themselves!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cho Show & Chelsea Lately tonight!

Don't forget, Margaret's The Cho Show premieres tonight on VH1. 11pm/10pm central, which is 8pm for my West Coast friends with DirecTV. Right after that, switch over to E! for Chelsea Lately to catch Margaret and Selene Luna. I can just see it now: Chelsea will undoubtedly try to fix 3' 10" Selene up with her "little nugget" Chuy.

Monday, August 18, 2008

"Quit Cruising, Bitches!"

Last night, comic Margaret Cho and friends rocked it out at West Hollywood's Here Lounge. The party marked the premiere of VH1's new reality sitcom The Cho Show. Looking flawless, Margaret worked the arrival line, mingled with guests, and introduced the show. She commanded the crowd, "Quit cruising, bitches!" as the screening began. I cozied up with Margaret, the cast, and friends Bruce Daniels and Ian Harvie as we watched the shenanigans unfold.

With ABC's All-American Girl, La Cho had the first Asian-American family featured on TV. In 1995, I attended the taping of the last episode of that sitcom and met Margaret for the first time. Two years earlier, I had been captivated by her standup comedy on the Arsenio Hall Show. No one had made me laugh like her, and I knew I'd never be able to get enough!

Margaret returns to TV with the second Asian-American family on The Cho Show. "I'm number one and number two!" she announces triumphantly. The show features assistant Selene Luna and Cho's Glam Squad: John Stapleton, Charlie Altuna and John Blaine. But the greatest treat is the appearance of Margaret's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Cho have been staples of their daughter's routines, and her hilarious impressions of them can make even the strongest bladder incontinent!

This season captures such adventures as g-spot shots, tattoo sessions, and the proclamation of Margaret Cho Day in San Francisco. You'll see famous faces such as Joan Rivers, Wanda Sykes, MadTV's Bobby Lee, Gary Busey, Dave Navarro, Project Runway's Jeffrey Sebelia and more.

Comparisons to Bravo's fabulous D-Lister are inevitable. But onstage touting her own show, Margaret declared, "I want you to stop comparing me to Kathy Griffin and start comparing me to Nelson Mandela!" Tune in to VH1 this and every Thursday at 11pm (or 8pm if you have DirecTV in California like me) to see what all the buzz is about!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Some Of My Best Friends Are Old Songs

From an early age, I was fascinated with television. My parents tell me that, early on, I used to run around like a little demon, then stop dead in my tracks, transfixed by the commercials. Then came Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters. I was 5 years old.

In 1980, Barbara Mandrell was on top of the world, having been named CMA's Entertainer of the Year. She and her sisters, raven-haired Louise and ditzy blonde Irlene, served up a healthy slice of Americana every Saturday night on NBC. I was glued to the TV!

At the top of each episode, Barbara, Louise and Irlene Mandrell came out singing. They were costumed in very similar outfits, yet each had a distinct variation. If Barbara's had 2 sleeves, Louise's would have one sleeve and Irlene's would be sleeveless. Multi-talented Barbara not only sang, but played nearly every instrument imaginable, leaving just the bass & fiddle for Louise and percussion for Irlene. Louise held her own vocally, with her distinctive sound, however Irlene was relegated to just a line or two when the trio would sing together.

Celebrity guests, Muppet-esque costars and madcap comedy followed the opening number. Each episode ended with the catch phrase, "May you always be as happy as you've made us tonight!"

Last night as I drove home, a familiar tune came up on my iPod. It was a classic '80s country song, and this was the third time it had popped up on shuffle in the past month or so. The track that had me waxing nostalgic was Louise Mandrell's "Some Of My Best Friends Are Old Songs." Take a look:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

12,000 Calories?!?

I caught a quick news clip about this the other day, and it seems all the news outlets picked up on it today: Olympic hottie Michael Phelps wolfs down 12,000 calories a day! More surprising than that is the horrific problem he faces. No matter how much he eats, he just can't crack 200 lbs! (He's 6' 4", by the way.)

Ah, if my biggest issue were my inability to gain weight! Those of us not so genetically blessed (read: couch potatoes) begrudgingly drag our butts to the gym or the Weight Watchers meeting, swig diet soda, and attempt to exist on tasty but tiny morsels courtesy of Lean Cuisine. Then the weekend comes. A nice 3-course dinner from Applebee's, with its fabulously fried appetizer and irresistible dessert in an over sized shot glass, just caps off the week so well.

At least I don't have to fit into a
Speedo LZR Racer suit anytime soon!