An Evening with Margaret Cho

May 1, 2024 6:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle

Headshot of Margaret Cho, an Asian woman with long black hair, wearing white and red patterned sweater, smiling at the camera

Comedian and five-time GRAMMY and EMMY nominee, Margaret Cho will join us for a moderated discussion about her career highs and lows as well as share her thoughts around activism in the current political climate. Moderated by Professor LeiLani Nishime, Professor of Communication.

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About the speaker

Margaret Cho

Comedian, Actor, Musician, Advocate, Entrepreneur., Five-time Grammy, and Emmy nominee

Comedian. Actor. Musician. Advocate. Entrepreneur. Five-time Grammy and Emmy nominee.  Margaret Cho’s strong voice has been lighting the path for other women, other members of underrepresented groups, other performers, to follow. Her recent television appearances – guest star on Season 2 of The Flight Attendant (HBO Max), guest star on Season 2 of Hacks (HBO Max) and two Netflix is a Joke comedy specials: Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration and Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live – have expanded an already wide-ranging career, and her role as the ‘mother hen’ in the well-reviewed movie Fire Island solidifies why we all love Margaret in the first place.  

As a comedian Margaret has been named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time, one of Vogue magazine’s Top 9 Female Comedians of all time, while CNN chose her as one of the 50 People Who Changed American Comedy.  Thankfully, Margaret has more stories to tell, and her production company, Animal Family Productions, has multiple scripted shows in development for 2022 and beyond. 

About the moderator

headshot of LeiLani Nishime

LeiLani Nishime

Professor of Communication

LeiLani Nishime is a Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. Her research areas are the intersection of race and gender and technology, Asian American media representations, and race and the environment. Her book, Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture, looks at the visual representation of multiracial people in mass media. She has co-edited two books on Asian American popular culture and an edited collection on race and ecology. She is an Associate Director at the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity, and she is the Grants Manager at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

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