'My routines are sexual, it works in Germany'

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'My routines are sexual, it works in Germany'
US comedian Margaret Cho is looking forward to performing in front of less puritanical audiences. Photo: Austin Young

US comedian Margaret Cho is heading for Germany as part of her latest tour. She told The Local why she is looking forward to trying out her rather rude routines on a German audience.


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With shows in eight countries across Europe lined up, Cho will be gracing stages in Cologne, Munich and, most excitingly for her, Berlin. “This will be my first show there,” she said.

As a city with an open attitude towards sexuality, the Mother tour could strike a real chord with the Berlin crowd – billed as “an untraditional look at motherhood and how we see maternal figures and strong women in queer culture.”

Indeed Germany as a whole will be an exciting place to perform for award-winner Cho. “My routines are very sexually frank and I think this will work well with German audiences as there's less of a puritanical streak there,” she said.


An English-language comedian, Cho said that previous visits to Germany on other tours had allayed any fears about the linguistic barrier. “I found that every German person I met spoke English and this was very exciting,” she said.

The San Francisco native explained that these first steps “changed the way I thought about performing in Europe".

“Comedy is starting to travel very well and I learned this from Germany,” she said, adding that she tended to keep an ear out for different ways to personalise shows to where she was performing.

Mother, which toured the US earlier this year, is her edgiest show to date, she says, touching on race issues, drugs, and sexuality.


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