Soon after starting her stand-up career, Margaret Cho won a comedy contest in which first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and, still in her early 20s, hit the college circuit, where she immediately became one of the most booked acts in the market and garnered a nomination for the NACA® Campus Entertainment Award in the Comedy category. Cho showcased at the 1993 NACA® National Convention in Nashville, TN, where she came in second in terms of total CO-OP Buying forms submitted. Ultimately, she performed more than 300 concerts within two years.
In 1999, her groundbreaking, off-Broadway one-woman show, I’m the One That I Want, toured the country to national acclaim and was made into a best-selling book and feature film of the same name. In the ensuing 10 years, sold-out tours have continued, along with shows on Broadway, television appearances and Grammy nominations.
In addition to her live performances, Cho has been recognized in many other areas. She received the Victory Fund’s 2008 Leadership Award and the first-ever Best Comedy Performance Award at the 2007 Asian Excellence Awards. She received the First Amendment Award from the ACLU of Southern California and the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW).
Throughout her career, she has been honored by GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and many more, with her latest honor being LA Pride’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes her as an individual whose lifetime body of work has left a lasting major imprint on the LGBT community.