One of the most well-known women comedians today, Korean-American Cho, 47, is the woman behind critically acclaimed off-Broadway show I’m The One That I Want and sold-out comedy tours, and has appeared in several TV projects including Drop Dead Diva. She talks to ELLE about the importance of laughing.
Who do you consider some of the funniest women in showbiz today?
Amy Schumer, who’s like my daughter in comedy. She does a lot of what I do, raunchy comedy about the body, its image and its use — about feminism but also about fun.
Is laughter really the best medicine?
Yes! It produces endorphins, which makes life good. It’s a great and powerful force… I love laughing and do it often.
What do you get out of your work?
I get to travel the world, meet amazing people, and live this insanely fun life.
Does coming to Asia make you feel more American?
I speak some Korean so I could probably understand things a bit better there, but in general, Asia feels very foreign even though everyone looks like me!
English author Christopher Hitchens once called women the unfunny sex. How do you feel about that?
I think it’s hilarious that he is dead. Funny women dance on his grave daily. We do it in shifts.
Who were your favourite funny women growing up?
I loved Joan Rivers. She was why I wanted to be a comedian. I now work on her show Fashion Police. She was the best mentor and friend.
What do you think of Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu and Randall Park?
I love them. I love the show and I helped out a bit in the beginning when it was being created — which I discuss in my comedy, too. I think Constance and Randall are incredible!
What have you discovered about yourself in the process of being funny?
That beauty may fade, but funny is forever.
Photo: Mary Taylor