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Margaret Cho - Assassin [DVD]
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Margaret Cho returns to the concert stage with a "killer" one-woman show that has taken audiences by storm. Filmed live at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C., Asassin features a fresh dose of Margaret's ground-breaking and controversial brand of humour. Taking aim at the Bush administration and the religious right, she pulls no punches in her assault on the "ever devolving" state of the union. The result is an unforgettable performance featruing Margaret at her raw, irreverent and hilarious best.
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The only thing is that despite her aggressive take on the topics mentioned she stays in one spot. She doesn't move about the stage and a microphone covers her face half the time. Don't expect all singing all dancing jumping about the stage kinda comedy expect her to just stand there attack succeed and then leave.
this won't play in UK DVD players though you need a multi region or region 1 DVD player.
But I would highly recommend it!
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She is much more connected with the audience here than with Revolution, which I'm sure a lot of people will be happy with, even though I thought she was great before. Most of her new writing is 100% political in nature here, and scathingly funny. Gay marriage, the moron in the oval office, the flavor of Laura Bushes' coochie, the pope's decidedly homosexual lifestyle- are just a fraction of the perceptive and hilarious material seen in this film. You pretty much know what to expect, which is something creative and original.
In the Assasin, Cho packs a hard punch aimed at the right wing. When the unemployment rate is rising to unprescedented levels, the deficit has done way more than skyrocket, and we are fighting a war which is beginning to resemble Vietnam; how can somebody not be pissed off at the President and the Republican Party who is chiefly in charge of this country for the time being? Margaret addresses the flaws in government and society ferociously in Assasin and, as she always does, works to empower the underdogs (minorities); women, gays and lesbians in particular. How can somnebody not like a comedian who says "You know Laura Bush's p**** tastes like Lysol". Maybe that's just me.
1. Her excruciating comic timing. Margaret makes bad jokes and not-so-funny faces, and when the audience doesn't go for it, she continues, hoping for the eventual applause. She gets it, all right--but it's more of a get-on-with-it clapping.
2. The Preaching to the Choir factor. I'll admit it: I hate George W. Bush. I hate the war in Iraq. I hate the assault on women's rights that's happening in our country. But to base your ENTIRE "comic" routine on it is stretching it a bit. And let's face it--most people in audiences are already going to agree with her, so it's not exactly like she's "getting the word out there" or anything. This level of political material made sense for her shorter "State of Emergency" Tour, which went around the country to various swing states (and kicked off at Harlem's Appollo Theater, which I saw--and which was far better than this DVD and should've been released in its place), but c'mon. Make us laugh, Margaret! WE KNOW BUSH SUCKS!!!!
3. All the little voices. I'm so tired of Margaret Cho's queeny-drag-queen-esque gay-male impersonations. They're not funny, they're not getting any reaction from the audience, and they should be phased out. And as a gay twentysomething male who does NOT talk like an aging, sassy queen, I can't help but feel a little alienated. It's all getting very tired.
I miss her INTELLIGENT humor. I miss the self-deprecation. I miss the humbleness, where she didn't have to precede her comedy specials with 10-minute-long "I love Margaret Cho"-fests from fans who do HOOOORIBLE impersonations of her earlier, funnier days' routines.
Basically, there were a few laughs in this DVD, but not nearly enough to justify buying it. This is the definition of a rental.