“My dog thought I was a singer… because dogs don’t understand standup comedy.”
-Margaret Cho [20:40]
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Margaret Cho is a polymath.
She is an internationally acclaimed comic, actress, author, fashion designer and singer-songwriter. Perhaps you’ve seen her on the big screen, or in TV series such as Sex and the City and 30 Rock.
But well before she was on Dancing with the Stars (yes, she’s done that, too), she decided on her comedy career… at the tender age of eight. The stage has been her constant companion ever since.
In this episode we delve into her comic influences and approaches, bisexuality, slow-carb adventures, and much more. Please indulge me as we dig deep into the lesser-known tricks of the Slow-Carb Diet. Margaret had a lot of detailed questions (she’s followed it for ~3 months), and the answers might help accelerate your own fat loss. (If you want more, here are several case studies — with pics — who’ve lost 100+ pounds.)
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Explore Margaret Cho’s Writing:
- Overeaters Anonymous and HOW for those struggling with food cravings
- How to Be a Movie Star by William J. Mann
- Connect with Margaret Cho: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram
- What compels Margaret to perform stand-up comedy [3:30]
- The early years of Margaret’s comedy career [4:50]
- On the appeal of Joan Rivers and her immense gratitude [8:50]
- Fearlessness and Margaret’s most fearful on-stage moments [11:30]
- How to deal with hecklers [15:45]
- Margaret’s inspirations [19:30]
- Revealing intimate traits on stage and thoughts on female bisexuality [23:00]
- The challenges of the isolated comedian lifestyle, and the potential for drug addiction [30:00]
- Personality traits for those who gravitate towards stimulants vs. depressants [33:00]
- The catalyzing moment when Margaret decided her prescription pill addiction needed to be fought [34:45]
- Margaret Cho’s process for creating new material [40:30]
- Why to hone an act (or product) internationally before bringing it to the USA – Note: Nike does this. [42:30]
- “Successful” — who comes to mind? Does Margaret self-identify as successful? [48:00]
- Clarifications on the Slow-Carb Diet and cheat day [50:30]
- Hunger and human resilience [58:30]
- Her death-row meal and why it’s changed since starting the SCD [1:10:30]
- Margaret’s favorite curse word [1:11:45]
- Stand-up pre-game rituals [1:13:45]
- On Hollywood success and the types who aren’t tortured by it [1:16:10]
- What attributes Dave Grohl exhibits, and why drummers tend to be positive people [1:17:30]
Posted on: November 10, 2014.
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