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    Comedian Margaret Cho will perform at the Fox Theatre on Monday night. (PixieVisionProductions)

  • Comedian Margaret Cho will perform at the Fox Theatre on...

    Austin Young

    Comedian Margaret Cho will perform at the Fox Theatre on Monday night. (Credit: Austin Young)



If you go

Who: Margaret Cho with John Roberts

When: 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Monday. The 7:30 p.m. show is SOLD OUT.

Where: The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St.

Cost: $30-$35.

Margaret Cho loves to push boundaries.

The edgy comedian always speaks her mind, but these days Cho’s taking risks and exploring new projects. The performer’s now strapping on a guitar to promote her upcoming music CD, and she’s acting in the cable TV hit, “Drop Dead Diva.”

On Monday night, Cho will be fusing her comic and musical worlds at the Fox. The 7:30 p.m. show sold out in a flash, so the club added a 10:30 p.m. performance.

“I’m interested in doing so many things, but everything relates back to comedy,” Cho said. “Music is so magical to me and it’s my favorite thing outside standup. It’s still comedy, because my music is just basically jokes in song form.

“I don’t want to pretend to be anything other than what I am — a stand-up comic.”

Cho said she always planned on being a comedian.

The performer used to sneak into a comedy club located above her family’s bookstore and she was hooked from the start.

“I always wanted to be a comic, ever since I first saw someone doing it on TV,” Cho said. “There was a lot of comedy happening in San Francisco at the time, so there were shows everywhere.

“I even had very vivid dreams about doing comedy when I was growing up. I never remembered the jokes, but I was wearing this rhinestone bow tie — and clearly I never did that as an adult.”

Cho had her dreams, but she had plenty of obstacles to overcome in her comedy quest.

That hasn’t stopped the comedian from speaking her mind about sex, culture and politics.

“There are a lot of things that set me apart as a comic,” Cho said. “I am queer, Asian American, female and progressive politically. It’s always going to be harder for women in comedy, because it’s still very much a boys’ club.

“There are countless obstacles to success as a comic, and sexism is one of the biggest ones. What is lucky, is that I never cared what guys thought of me. Women in comedy have to be exponentially funnier, and that’s why my favorite comics are Wanda Sykes, Kathy Griffin and Rosie O’Donnell.”

Cho’s been speaking her mind via comedy tours, but she’s also been finding new venues to air her views.

This summer, Cho made her debut on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”

The TV dramedy tells the story of a model that dies in a car accident — and gets a second chance in the plus-size body of lawyer Jane Bingham. The show takes on issues about self-esteem and ethics, and it’s become a TV hit.

Cho plays Bingham’s mouthy assistant, Teri, as the role calls for her to push the buttons of everyone in the office. The show’s been packed with guest stars, and the cast’s appeared with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Paula Abdul.

“I met the show’s creator Josh Berman and we bonded,” Cho said. “I fell in love with Josh’s vision and wanted to be part of the show, even though it meant relocating to Atlanta. This is the perfect role for me.

“I really think ‘Drop Dead Diva’ is an important show, because it treats issues like weight and women with dignity, sensitivity and lightness. This is a story about a woman learning to love herself, and that’s an important lesson for everyone — not just women.”

“Diva’s” headed for its season finale on Oct. 11 and Cho revealed some news on the episode.

“The show’s a cliffhanger for sure,” Cho revealed. “When I read the script I screamed and cried — and then called the producers. It’s a thrilling season finale that will have you counting the seconds until we start again. Yes, I am back for season two.”

Until then, Cho’s taking her music and comedy show on the road.

“I’ve been doing music at my shows for a few years, but I wanted to accompany myself instead of using pre-record tracks,” Cho explained. “I like all kinds of music and my music reflects that. I do hip-hop, country, indie rock and electronica.

“My new CD will be funny lyrics with serious music. I’m very proud of it.”

Cho plans to show off her new tunes in Boulder.

The comic’s Fox shows will offer a combination of edgy monologues and even edgier songs.

“I just incorporate the music into my shows along with the jokes,” Cho said. “I break the show up into mini-sets, so there’s 15 minutes of comedy and then a song. It depends on the night, how my voice is doing and how many new jokes I want to try.”

The question remains, what’s Cho planning to do next?

“I’m learning the dulcimer and mandolin, but I’d also like to try trapeze — and maybe ballroom dancing,” Cho said. “I’m like everyone’s eccentric, childless aunt — I’m traveling the world and doing everything under the sun.

“I’ve been doing this for a quarter of a century and I plan to keep going like my hero Joan Rivers. She’s still rocking at 76.”

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