Margaret Cho

  • Birth Name: Margaret Moran Cho
  • Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer

Fast Facts

  • Parents emigrated from Korea to the Polk-Haight area of San Francisco in 1964.
  • Began stand-up at age 16 in a comedy club named The Rose & Thistle which was located above a bookstore run by her parents.
  • Won the 1991 U.S. College Comedy Competition, West Coast Division which offered opening for Jerry Seinfeld as the first prize.
  • Won the 1994 American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic.
  • Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom All-American Girl in 1994.
  • Performed in the one-woman Off-Broadway show I'm the One That I Want that chronicled her experiences on the ill-fated sitcom.
  • Received GLAAD's first Golden Gate Award in 2000 honoring her as "an entertainment pioneer who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."


  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Al Ridenour — Husband
  • Seung Hoon Cho — Father
  • Young Hie Cho — Mother
  • Hahn Cho — Brother