Paired with:Louis Van AmstelQuick Facts:
Claim to fame: Snappy and controversial stand-up comedienne
Full Name: Margaret Tina Chozxing
Date of Birth: December 5, 1968
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Previous dance experience: Nothing official, but she’s constantly dancing around controversial subjects (and, just as often, diving right in!)Background:
This controversial comedienne will have to clean up her act if she wants to shine on the family-friendly dance floor.
Cho began her stand-up career at age 16, and in 1994 scored an ABC show, All American Girl
, based off of her routine. Sweet, right? Maybe not: Cho starved herself for the role, and landed in the hospital due to kidney failure. Later, execs told her she was not acting Asian enough — and also that she was too Asian! Cho was not pleased, and the show failed.
But she bounced back, winning multiple awards for her stand-up routine and scored a role on Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva
. She’s also translated her humor onto the page, and is a best-selling author.
Cho’s a strong advocate for equal rights — most notably with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues — and it comes through in her comedy, her books, and her life. She’s won many civil rights awards and acknowledgements for her work, and has also been banned from a venue or two.Achievements and Awards:
Her one woman show I’m The One That I Want
won New York
magazine's Performance of the Year award. She is also the recipient of the GLAAD Golden Gate award, the Lambda Liberty Award, the "Justice in Action" award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, an Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women, and the First Amendment Award from the American Civil Liberties Union.RELATED FEATURES:Margaret Cho's Biggest Challenge? 'Not Dropping F-bombs!'Tweet Treats: Season 11 DWTS Celebs Tweet the News