Friday, September 21, 2007

The Candy Gram: Margaret Cho

In our ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- we ask the same quirky questions of burlesque's various performers. If you want to be added to the mix, drop us a line at kellydinardo AT gmail DOT com. Today, say hello to Margaret Cho, whose burlesque show The Sensuous Woman opens at the Zipper Factory on Wednesday.

What is your hometown?
San Francisco, CA but now I live in Glendale, CA

How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
A couple of years. I saw the Velvet Hammer and I was hooked!

How many pairs of pasties do you own?
Not so many, just about 20 pairs or so. I have some really fancy ones from Twirly Girl that were custom made just for me!

What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
I like opera a lot so my favorite is Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. I also like The Hives. Another favorite is Me so Horny!

What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Double -tick tape, support bras and prosthetics!

Who had the biggest influence on your career?
Richard Pryor

Who is your favorite burly queen?
Dita von Tease. I also love Dirty Martini and the incredible Sir Ryan Heffington, who are both in my show The Sensuous Woman.

What is your favorite item of clothing?
I love the minidress! I have several. They are all my favorite!

What’s the last movie you saw?
Little Dieter Needs to Fly

What’s on your must-see-TV list?
I am obsessed with a new show on VH-1 called The Pick Up Artist. It is like nerd porn.

What book is on your nightstand?
Nina Hartley's Guide to Total Sex.

If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
I'd love to go to Egypt and dance!

If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
I am simple. I want to fly.

Satisfy your appetite for more Candy Grams: Miss Dirty Martini,Princess Farhana, Miss Delirium Tremens, Paris Green, Jo Boobs, Jack Midnight, Heidi Von Haught, Diamond Minx, The Titillation Twins, Scratch, Creamy Stevens and Gina Louise.

Photo of Margaret Cho by Austin Young.

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