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Product Details

  • Actors: Margaret Cho
  • Directors: Lorene Machado
  • Writers: Margaret Cho
  • Producers: Margaret Cho, Lorene Machado, Andrea Cunningham, Karen Taussig, Ran Barker
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Winstar
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005JLL1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,735 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O." on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • "Grocery Store" animated short
  • Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The pint-sized powderkeg lets loose on her emotional problems, sexual situations, trip to a swingers' club and encounter with a Valley Girl dominatrix and distills it into a hysterical live performance recorded in Seattle. Includes deleted scenes, an animated short and more. 2002/color/95 min/NR/fullscreen.

Margaret Cho is an NC-17 woman in a PG-13 world. Very, very little can be quoted from this concert film, as can be expected from a woman who, in the film's empowering conclusion, sounds the rallying cry to live "without restraint." Leave it to Cho to reference September 11 with a joke that is at once profane and respectful. Like Richard Pryor, the Korean-American outlaw comedian has found her niche with concert films that allow her the freedom to be her "actual self." She riffs unabashedly about relationships gone sour and relates her experiences as a sexual Captain Kirk, boldly going where she has never gone before. Notorious, yes, but not as accessible for the uninitiated as her last concert film, I'm the One That I Want, which recounted the rise and fall of her ill-fated sitcom. The faithful, though, won't pass up the chance for a private audience with the diva of the disenfranchised. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

Most of this film, however, seems forced and unpolished.
Amazon Customer
Some topics include insensitive male partners, sensitive gay male friends, her period, her venturing into the BDSM scene, and sexual experiences with women.
Douglas King
I think one thing that makes her so funny is a lot of what she talks about is very relatable to everyone in their every day life.
Ricky Parker

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Bliss on January 5, 2003
Format: DVD
I had my doubts about "Notorious C.H.O." After all, "I'm the One That I Want" is the pinnacle of stand-up: revelatory while screamingly funny, a trip through dark times to self awareness, angry without being self pitying. All served up with salty language and the kind of insight only experience can bring. And topped off with the hilarious routine about her mother looking at gay porn in their bookstore in San Francisco.
After all that, what was left for "Notorious?"
As it turns out, plenty. Margaret Cho wisely avoids the inner demons that fueled "I'm the One," and instead just piles on the laughs. There are sad moments, as when she remembers her friends who have died of AIDS, but since she recalls them with tales of their drag queen performance pieces at Baskin Robbins (you'll never look at sprinkles the same way again) and then decides they've become her guardian angels ("Girl, you're going out dressed in that?!"), there's no time for tears.
As she says in one of the features, if "I'm the One" was about coming of age, "Notorious" is about being of age. It's mostly about sex, and is quite often nasty without being offensive. Cho takes such a cheerful view of offbeat sexuality (getting fisted by a lesbian dwarf?) that there's no way to be put off by it. Yes, she focuses a lot on her gay friends and fans, but to say she shouldn't is no different from saying she shouldn't talk about being Korean. These are the people in her life, and she turns them all into memorable characters.
Finally, the commentary track by her "mother" (Cho in character) is wonderfully bizarre. It wanders a bit, especially as other people join her, but it demonstrates Cho's remarkable grasp of character. It's not always funny, but it's a brilliant acting job, and provides insight into how Cho thinks and develops her work. It's worth the price of admission.
Before "I'm the One That I Want," I wasn't much of a Margaret Cho fan. After that film and now this, I'm a convert.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on June 30, 2005
Format: DVD
I am not a big fan of stand up comedy. I find most comedians annoying and/or simply not funny. One of the few comedians I do like is Margaret Cho. I have been a fan of her since her short lived sitcom "American Girl" which was way ahead of its time for tv (and still is). At the time I didn't realize she was a stand up comedian until I saw a comedy special in the late '90s on comedy central. I never laughed as hard before as I did then. I love her irreverance sense of humor. Her humor is definitely blue but it is honest coming from her POV.

"Notorious C.H.O" is easily one of my favorite dvds of her stand up work. My favorite moments during the film was when she talked about her drag queen friends from high school at the local Baskin Robbins. I was literally laughing so hard, tears were rolling down my eyes. I also had a good laugh when Margaret discussed about her experience in an S&M club. I thought Margaret did an excellent job at weaving poignancy of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 with humor as well as with the topic of gay marriage (which was not a big issue then as it has been in the past year).

Margaret's sense of humor is not for everyone. Her humor certainly crosses over on to the raunchy side. A lot of her content on "Notorious C.H.O" is sex-related but it is coming from her own personal experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed "Notorious C.H.O". It is one of the funniest pieces of work Margaret has done in years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Rognlien VINE VOICE on November 23, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Margaret Cho has been, for many years, like a great but unknown restaurant.. a movie like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Those who are in-the-know are in for great entertainment.. and the rest, well..
This new show, a perfect sequel to "I'm The One That I Want," is a hilarious ride through such important topics as terrorism, sexual pecadillos, weight control, colonic irrigation and other timely points of interest.
What separates Margaret Cho from your average teller-of-jokes is her sometimes shocking honesty. She is not afraid to put herself out there and let us all laugh about things that we probably all experience but are afraid to talk about. She doesn't pander to the crowd for laughs - she can practically talk about anything and find the lighter side of it to get an audience to laugh.
I suppose after being laughed AT for the better part of her childhood, she did what most people are afraid to do - she challenged people to laugh WITH her instead. The result is an hilarious comedic journey and one that, especially for the price, is well worth the investment.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Dahlke on September 23, 2002
Format: DVD
Margaret Cho is a distinctive, unapologetic, and at times spot on talent that dares to go where few comics have gone before. I almost don't want to call Ms. Cho a comic. She's more like a Korean Karen Finley with a sense of humor.
Racey? Oh yeah, I would find it hard not to see anyone blush at least once during this amazing performance. But thats the draw and talent that Cho encompasses. No apologies, no blushing.
This is the perfect next step after I'm the One That I Want. Touching on the familiar topics of identity politics, sexuality, societal dislocation and of course Cho's Mom. (Who is interviewed at the start of the show, which is worth the price of admission itself. "Yes she's really like that.") Cho doesn't ask you to fasten your seat belt, warning of a bumpy night. Nope, here the safety bar goes down and your locked in to a fascinating and utterly enjoyable ride. And a high-colonic too!
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