Gus in London: Margaret Cho’s The Psycho Tour

Image-1Margaret Cho’s The Psycho Tour

Leicester Square Theatre (London)

By Gustavo Subero

As a self-proclaimed, hardcore, Margaret Cho’s fan, I was a little apprehensive to see her new show in London after her four-year hiatus since her Beautiful tour in 2011 (one that, as its best, was just an OK show that seemed to show an artist not quite sure of the direction of her comedy [but luckily, it was seen with my very favorite NYer, who came to London, specifically for my birthday weekend –the [] was added by the editor] ). Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Psycho tour delivers in every way and it is, in my humble opinion, on par with her I’m the one that I want show that catapulted her to stardom. 

Back in the Leicester Square Theatre, the home of comedy in London, her show remains not only topical, but also very touching and personal, while at the same time delivering the laugh-out-loud comedy that has characterised this amazing comedienne over the years. It was great to see that Ms. Cho incorporate in her repertoire jokes that were very topical to a British audience. From making fun of whether the Prime Minister had really fuc*ed a pig (and that it was only justified had he eaten said pig after intercourse) to the refugee situation in the UK, she was sharp as a knife and painfully hilarious.

For those who are looking for a show that offers nearly two hours of laugh-out-loud, incessant jokes, this is the show for you. I especially loved the level of comedic maturity that Ms. Cho is showing in her entire set. Making fun at both the rather superficial (would a gay man eat pus*y to end the Middle East refugee crisis), and the very sensitive (dealing with child abuse, rape and drug use) or simply making rather accurate observations about how white people can criticise artists (who, like in her case, are part of an ethnic minorities) for being racist. In other words Cho’s show is every bit as hilarious as it is poignant. This is not comedy for the faint-hearted, nor is it for the ones who are looking to remain unchallenged by the comedy itself. Despite the fact that she recycles a number of one-liners from previous shows, she does so in ways that are both refreshingly original while, at the same time, inviting those who know her comedy work well to enjoy the reassurance of the familiar comedy they’ve grown to love from her. 

This is a show that knows where it’s going and it’s not afraid to take you there. It’s a show that dares to go where others wouldn’t dream to enter for fear of being either politically incorrect or a desire to please audience with light, and simple jokes that elicit laughter but, after two seconds, are lost in the ephemera of life. Margaret Cho makes us look well and hard within ourselves and laugh at our prejudices, our fears and the current state of society at large. She’s critical, witty and with an amazing capacity to shock, slap on the face and make you fall off your chair in laughter in equal measure. Whether you’re a old follower of her comedy or a newcomer there’ll be something from everyone in this show. I am not scared to admit that she has definitely arrived and is here to stay (at least for British audiences).

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