Margaret Cho Explains Why She's Holding Gay Weddings on Her PsyCHO Comedy Tour

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Mary Taylor

Margaret Cho H 2015

"I never thought about anything else but comedy," she told THR of remaining brave. "I wanted to do it, and my desire overrode my fear of being different."

Throughout her upcoming music-comedy tour, Margaret Cho isn't just a musician or a comedian. She's both — and a marriage commissioner, actively looking for volunteering same-sex couples who are looking for quite the unconventional wedding ceremony.

"At each tour stop, this is like the grand finale of the show," Cho told The Hollywood Reporter of officiating during The psyCHO Tour. Deputized in 2008, she previously married couples in San Francisco's city hall, infamously known as the site of Harvey Milk's assassination in 1978. "It's a place where literally the most tragic event of gay politics happened, so to go back there and celebrate marriage equality there was such a triumph, and I wanted to bring a bit of that energy to these shows."

It's a role Cho takes seriously, especially as headlines offer updates on Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who was recently arrested for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. "She's so gross. I don't understand — she acts like she's some kind of freedom fighter, as if she deserves some sort of accolade for not upholding the Constitution and breaking the law," Cho explained. "It's really insulting to the heroic people who have gone to prison for their beliefs."

Among Cho's new material — including her new comedy special psyCHO which debuts Sept. 25 on Showtime — are tributes to Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, as well as a celebratory moment for the first season of Fresh Off the Boat, the ABC comedy that follows an Asian-American family for the first time since her own short-lived 1994 sitcom All-American Girl. She appears on an upcoming episode of Dr. Ken, another ABC comedy offering starring her longtime friend Ken Jeong.

"I feel even our presence is a political statement, the fact that we can be here," she explained of audiences embracing Asian comedy. "Unfortunately, invisibility is racism. It's the most difficult kind to negotiate because how do you even explain the feeling of invisibility? How do you even know how to acknowledge invisibility?"

Though she didn't set out to necessarily be the first twenty years ago, she said of pioneering her show twenty years ago, "I enjoy my career, I enjoy my art form; it's what I live for. I never thought about anything else but comedy. ... I wanted to do it, and my desire overrode my fear of being different."

And as someone who shares her point of view loudly, she can't help but find the punchlines in the current political landscape. "All of this around Donald Trump and all of his outrage is just a smokescreen so that we don't see the evil that’s really happening, which is the Republicans trying to defund Planned Parenthood, which is actually the worst thing that could happen for women. The equivalent would be reversing Roe vs. Wade," Cho commented. "I think it's all leading to something that has nothing to do with politics. It's a long teaser for a reality show: Presidential Apprentice. Maybe. I hope."

Cho's new comedy special Margaret Cho: psyCHO airs Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.