Remember how adult it felt to turn 21? A little older and wiser, yes, but also a little wilder, freely indulging in more mature enjoyments?
The Kravis Center has reached its coming of age this season and, similarly, is tapping into its audacious side. Launched in November, the PEAK series—Provocative Entertainment At Kravis—presents a lineup of daring programs, meant for mature audiences, that push the envelope from traditional to contemporary, family friendly to adults only.
No one belongs more on that stage than unapologetically candid stand-up diva Margaret Cho, who will perform at the Kravis Center on January 27. Known for being a feminist and a gay rights activist, the tattooed comedienne has been telling fierce stand-up jokes—covering topics like politics, race and sex—since she was a teenager in San Francisco. She gained popularity in the ’90s and forged a career that includes two Grammy nominations, acting roles (she plays Teri Lee on Drop Dead Diva, now in its fourth season) and a spot on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars.
Cho shared with PBI some unconventional notes of wisdom from her latest tour—billed as her edgiest yet—“Mother,” which presents “an untraditional look at motherhood.” You could say she’s still 21 at heart.
PBI: What's the most untraditional thing your mother ever did?
MC: She drank blood out of deer antlers—I wish I was kidding but I am totally not. She is a total health fanatic and it's something she would do when I was a child. She kept them in a washed-out Skippy jar. Deer antlers!
Can you share with us a short story you'll tell on stage?
We never had money for school supplies like glue or tape so she would say, “You don't have to have glue or tape; all you need is a little bit of rice." So we would use globs of rice with a little water to put things together. It was very Korean.
What's the biggest lesson you learned growing up?
That childhood is overrated. Being an adult is where it is at.
You were a fan favorite on Dancing with the Stars in 2010. Do you still have the dance moves?
I got the moves baby! I was a dancer before and I am a dancer still. I will always be a dancer.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Playing music, eating and drinking with friends, reading, buying boots, trying to get a stain out.
What event would you say changed your life the most?
Birth. Maybe. And death will change me a lot.
Do you come to Palm Beach often?
I don't come often—I think I have been there possibly two times before. It's sunny and very fancy. Much fancier than I am used to! I want to shop and eat and pretend to be a lady for the time I am there!
What are your New Year's resolutions?
I will finally do my laundry (really). I am going to be clean in ’13.