Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worthabout $3 million dollars
Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1968
SpouseAl Ridenour
FactHer parents moved to San Francisco from Seoul, Korea in 1964.

Margaret Cho was born in San Francisco, California, on December 5, 1968. Her parents, Young-Hie and Seung-Hoon Cho, were Korean immigrants who had arrived in the United States in the early 1960s. Margaret has an older sister, Mary, and a younger brother, John.

Margaret began her education in the San Francisco public school system. She later attended the San Francisco School of the Arts, where she studied drama and dance.

Margaret’s career began in the early 1990s, when she started performing stand-up comedy in clubs and bars around San Francisco. She soon began to attract attention from the media, and in 1994 she landed her own sitcom, “All-American Girl.” The show was short-lived, but it helped to launch Margaret’s career as a comedian and actress.

In the years since “All-American Girl,” Margaret has appeared in a number of films and television shows. She has also released several comedy albums, including “I’m the One That I Want” (2000) and “Cho Dependent” (2010).

Margaret is married to Al Ridenour, a performance artist. The couple has no children.

Margaret Cho has an estimated net worth of $8 million. She earns a salary of $20,000 per episode of her television show, “Drop Dead Diva.”

General Info

Full NameMargaret Cho
Net Worthabout $3 million dollars
Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1968
Height1.65 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Comedian, Film producer, Voice Actor, Author, Social activist, Fashion Designer
EducationLowell High School


SpouseAl Ridenour
ParentsYoung-Hie Cho, Seung-Hoon Cho


AwardsGLAAD Media Golden Gate Award
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Comedy Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series
MoviesMargaret Cho: Beautiful, Notorious C.H.O., I'm the One That I Want, Face/Off, Bam Bam and Celeste, The Doom Generation, One Missed Call, Tooken, It's My Party, Fakin' da Funk, 17 Again, Margaret Cho: Assassin, The Rugrats Movie, Ground Control, Angie, Senior Project, Falling for Grace, The Thin Pink...
TV ShowsAll-American Girl, C Bear and Jamal, The Lost Room, The Cho Show, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, Girltrash!, Drop Dead Diva, Dancing with the Stars, All About Sex, Wisecrack, Chelsea Does

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1[on members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church] I always feel bad when I see them 'cos it's all children. They make all their kids do everything. It's not right. These kids are out late at night holding up signs. It's a very sad, strange phenomenon.
2Being called ugly and fat and disgusting to look at from the time I could barely understand what the words meant has scarred me so deep inside that I have learned to hunt, stalk, claim, own and defend my own loveliness.
3It is tragic that people who are incarcerated are unable to vote. They are probably the most important voices to listen to because they can tell us what we need to change. Yet they are arbitrarily silenced, as if forfeiting their right to vote punishes them. In truth, it punishes the rest of us because it turns the right into a privilege. Whenever privilege is introduced, there are problems. We cannot afford any more problems.
4[on her June 2003 marriage to artist/writer Al Ridenour]: "It's not a traditional situation. It's not a committed marriage. We're just friends who share space. My parents don't understand it. They just send us Yahoo E-cards wishing us well."
5If you say you're not a feminist, you're almost denying your own existence. To be a feminist is to be alive.


1Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".
2Favorite band is Canadian group Broken Social Scene.
3Is a fan of adult film actor Jeff Stryker. She has spoken admiringly of him in some of her stand up monologues.
4Was hired to play a TV version of herself, but then forced to both lose weight and act "more Asian". Several episodes later was instructed to act "less Asian."
5Lost 30 pounds in two weeks before the filming of the debut episode of All-American Girl (1994). The night after completing filming, her kidneys collapsed causing her to be hospitalized.
6Was the star of the first sitcom to feature an all Asian-American cast (which was based on her own life and stand-up comedy act.)
7At age 16 started doing stand up comedy. Traveled widely with Janeane Garofalo on the comedy club circuit. They blamed each other for their bad smoking habits.
8Her parents moved to San Francisco from Seoul, Korea in 1964.
9Kicked out of Lowell High School because she had a 0.60 GPA, but was later accepted to McAteer High School for the Performing Arts.
10Just 3 days after she was born, her father was deported because he failed to obtain a work permit -- her mother was allowed to remain in San Francisco.
11Her mother was unable to provide for Margaret on her own, so she sent Margaret to Korea to live with her father and grandparents.




Alaska Is a Drag2016post-productionJan
Curtain Down2016Short post-productionThe Mentor
The girls I know... get their hands dirty.2016Video short completedMom (voice)
Undateable Johnpost-productionHilda
Swedish Dicks2016TV SeriesAgent Poll
TripTank2016TV SeriesDump / Ling
Hurricane Bianca2016Wig Shop Owner
Family Guy2016TV SeriesHee-Sun
Dr. Ken2015TV SeriesDr. Wendi
Angry Little Asian Girl2014TV Seriesmother Lee, Wanda (voice)
Sullivan & Son2014TV SeriesJenny
'Weird Al' Yankovic: Tacky2014Video shortDancer (uncredited)
Drop Dead Diva2009-2014TV SeriesTeri Lee
Senior Project2014Ms. Ghetty
Gay of Thrones2014TV SeriesMargaret
Cabot College2014TV MovieLaura
Fish Power2013ShortQueen Tilapia
Pound Puppies2013TV SeriesMrs. Wattana
Wedding Palace2013The Shaman
Where the Bears Are2013TV SeriesMistress Lena
Amelia's 25th2013Babs
In Transition2013Video shortTawny Kim
The Real World: Whiterun2013TV SeriesWater Park Lady (2013)
Viral Video Showdown2012TV Series
The Immigrant2012ShortMargaret
30 Rock2011-2012TV SeriesKim Jong-Il Kim Jong-Un
Mindwash. The Jake Sessions2011ShortDr. Francine Kovinsky (voice)
Thugs, the Musical!2011ShortYvette
The A-List: New York2010TV Series
Ghost Whisperer2010TV SeriesProfessor Avery Grant
17 Again2009Mrs. Dell
Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World2007-2009TV SeriesCondie Ling Jessica Condie Ling, Kathy Griffin
Prop 8: The Musical2008ShortCalifornia Gays and The People That Love Them
The Snake2008The Expert
Sordid Lives: The Series2008TV SeriesTherapist #17
One Missed Call2008Det. Mickey Lee
Two Sisters2008TV Movie
Love Is Love2007ShortJealous girlfriend at movie
Girltrash!2007Video shortMin Suk
'Til Death2007TV SeriesNicole
The Lost Room2006TV Mini-SeriesSuzie Kang
Falling for Grace2006Janie
Bam Bam and Celeste2005Celeste / Mommy
Nobody Knows Anything!2003Rental Car Agent
Grocery Store2002Video shortStore Clerk
Life 3602001TV SeriesEssayist
Sex and the City2001TV SeriesLynne
$pent2000Travel Agent (Shirley)
The Tavern1999Carol
Can't Stop Dancing1999JoJo
Five Houses1998TV Movie
The Nanny1998TV SeriesCaryn
The Rugrats Movie1998Lt. Klavin (voice)
The Thin Pink Line1998Asia Blue Terry
Ground Control1998Amanda
Pink as the Day She Was Born1997Donna
Fakin' Da Funk1997May-Ling
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995-1997TV SeriesHul Muh Ni / Queen
It's My Party1996Charlene Lee
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1995TV SeriesMai Lin
All-American Girl1994-1995TV SeriesMargaret Kim
The Doom Generation1995Clerk's Wife
Red Shoe Diaries 9: Hotline1994segment "Hotline"
Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women1994TV MovieConnie Tong
Angie1994Admissions Nurse #2
The Critic1994TV Series
Red Shoe Diaries1993TV SeriesPhone Sex Worker
The Golden Palace1992TV SeriesDr. Fong
Move the Crowd1992TV Movie


Margaret Cho: PsyCHO2015TV Special documentary executive producer
In Transition2013Video short executive producer
Ian Harvie Superhero2013Documentary executive producer
Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent2011TV Special executive producer
Selene's Hollywood Confidential2011TV Series executive producer
Margaret Cho: Beautiful2009TV Special executive producer
The Cho ShowTV Series executive producer - 7 episodes, 2008 producer - 5 episodes, 2008
Bam Bam and Celeste2005producer
Margaret Cho: Assassin2005TV Special documentary executive producer
Margaret Cho: CHO Revolution2004Video executive producer
Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O.2002TV Special documentary executive producer
Grocery Store2002Video short executive producer
Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want2000TV Special documentary executive producer


UnCabaret2012TV Series 1 episode
Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent2011TV Special written by
Margaret Cho: Beautiful2009TV Special written by
The Cho Show2008TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Two Sisters2008TV Movie
Bam Bam and Celeste2005written by
Margaret Cho: Assassin2005TV Special documentary
Margaret Cho: CHO Revolution2004Video
Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O.2002TV Special documentary written by
Grocery Store2002Video short
Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want2000TV Special documentary


Margaret Cho: PsyCHO2015TV Special documentary performer: "Georgia Sky", "Fat Pussy" / writer: "Georgia Sky", "Fat Pussy"
Drop Dead Diva2010-2012TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Cho Show2008TV Series concept - 3 episodes


Two Sisters2008TV Movie
Grocery Store2002Video short


I Am Divine2013Documentary special thanks
This Is What Love in Action Looks Like2011Documentary special thanks
The Cloggers2009Short special thanks


Shining Through: Behind the Scenes at True Colors2007TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
The Tyra Banks Show2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Wisecrack2007TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Host
Phone Sex2006Video documentaryCaller
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Margaret Cho: Assassin2005TV Special documentaryHerself
16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Freedom to Marry2005DocumentaryHerself
The Drop2005TV SeriesHerself
Just for Laughs2005TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2004TV SeriesHerself
Margaret Cho: CHO Revolution2004VideoHerself
Vibe Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!2003TV Special documentaryHerself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003TV SeriesHerself
Art in the Twenty-First Century2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Isaac Mizrahi Show2003TV SeriesHerself
The Anna Nicole Show2002TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-2002TV SeriesHerself
Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O.2002TV Special documentaryHerself
American Experience2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Life 3602001TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2001TV SeriesHerself
The Best of Colin's Sleazy Friends2001Video documentaryHerself
Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want2000TV Special documentaryHerself
The Remarkable Journey2000TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Profile1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1999TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show1998-1999TV SeriesHerself
Get Bruce1999DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHerself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey1998TV MovieHerself
Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho1998TV MovieHerself / Various
Second City Headlines & News1997TV SeriesHerself
Comics Come Home 31997TV MovieHerself
State of the Union: Undressed1996TV MovieHerself
Mr. Show with Bob and David1995TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief VII1995TV Special documentaryHerself
Out There in Hollywood1995TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesHerself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade1994TV MovieHerself
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
MTV Video Music Awards 19941994TV SpecialHerself
Asian America1994TV SeriesHerself
HBO Comedy Half-Hour1994TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1993-1994TV SeriesHerself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
Mountain Madness1993TV Movie documentary
Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter1992TV SpecialHerself
1/2 Hour Comedy Hour1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest Comedian
Stand-Up Spotlight1988TV Series documentaryGuest Comedian
Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia2017Documentary post-productionHerself
Everybody Has an Andy Dick Story2016TV Movie documentary post-productionHerself
A Matter of Opinion2016TV Series documentaryHerself (2016-)
Steve Harvey2016TV SeriesHerself
@midnight2016TV SeriesHerself
Fashion Police2013-2016TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Guest
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser2016TV SeriesHerself
Party Legends2016TV SeriesHerself
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee2016TV SeriesHerself
The View2005-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself / Herself - Guest / ...
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
RuPaul's Drag Race2011-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge / Herself
Real Time with Bill Maher2003-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Chelsea Does2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Beat Bobby Flay2016TV SeriesHerself - Judge / Mentor
#BeRobin the Movie2015DocumentaryHerself
World's Funniest2015TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHerself - Comedian
The Real2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
American Masters2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO2015TV Special documentaryHerself
Metropolis2015TV SeriesHerself
Today2015TV SeriesHerself
The Boris & Nicole Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Wife Swap2015TV SeriesHerself
PoliticKING with Larry King2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Playboy Morning Show2015TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
Comics Unleashed2007-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Celebrity Name Game2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
Call Me Lucky2015DocumentaryHerself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialGeneral Cho Young Ja (uncredited)
All About Sex2015TV SeriesHerself - Host
Adventures in Comedy2015DocumentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2014TV SeriesHerself
Hell's Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself - Restaurant Patron
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHerself
Gotham Comedy Live2014TV Series documentaryHerself - Host
Larry King Now2012-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Do I Sound Gay?2014DocumentaryHerself
On Your Marc!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night2014TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Player
TakePart Live2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern2014TV SeriesHerself
Pioneers of Television2013-2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Chelsea Lately2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Round Table / Herself - Guest
The Sexiest Elbows in Rock Music2014ShortHerself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show2008-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
In Bed with Joan2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Out in the Desert2013DocumentaryHerself
Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS2013Documentary shortHerself
Kathy2013TV SeriesHerself
AKA Blondie2012DocumentaryHerself
See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould2012DocumentaryHerself
Marie2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHerself
UnCabaret2012TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival2011Documentary voice
Dave's Old Porn2011TV SeriesHerself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2011TV SeriesHerself
The A-List: New York2011TV SeriesHerself
The Green Room with Paul Provenza2011TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHerself - Comedienne
Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent2011TV SpecialHerself
The Joy Behar Show2010-2011TV SeriesHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop2011DocumentaryHerself
Sexing the Transman2011Documentary
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHerself
This Week in Comedy2011TV SeriesHerself
Dancing with the Stars2010TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Celebrity Ghost Stories2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2010TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest Expert
America: The Story of Us2010TV Series documentaryHerself
2010 AVN Awards Show2010TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
I Am Comic2010DocumentaryHerself
The Wanda Sykes Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Margaret Cho: Beautiful2009TV SpecialHerself
How Bruce Lee Changed the World2009TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
Annul Victory2009DocumentaryHerself
11th Annual the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: George Carlin2008TV MovieHerself
Allez à L.A.!2008TV Series documentaryHerself
The Cho Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Family Feud2008TV SeriesHerself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2008TV SeriesHerself
Bump & Grind: The Making of a Burlesque Diva2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
A-List Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Best of Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen2008VideoHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Spread TV2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
SexTV2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Wamego Strikes Back2007DocumentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2007TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Extra2015TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
The Insider2015TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Bettie Page Reveals All2012DocumentaryBettie Page
The Life and Death of Anna Nicole2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Screen Savers2003TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

1994American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Female Stand-Up Comic

Nominated Awards

2013GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy AlbumFor "Cho Dependent."
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series30 Rock (2006)
2010Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance ComedyDrop Dead Diva (2009)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesSex and the City (1998)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsStand-Up Comedy SpecialHBO Comedy Half-Hour (1994)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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