Margaret Cho: Assassin (2005)
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Leftist comedian Margaret Cho issues another salvo in her ongoing battle to laugh intolerant conservatives out of power in this performance documentary. Recorded during two dates during Cho's 2005 standup tour, Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour features the acerbically funny comic discussing such subjects as the ongoing battle over gay marriage, the 2004 presidential election, the presidency of George W. Bush, the Terri Schiavo case, possible upsides of being raised in a restrictive culture, her
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Pointed sociopolitical commentary that's thoughtful and impassioned, if not always hilarious.
Anger is the gasoline of stand-up comedians, the fuel that gets them revved. But just as too much gas will flood a carburetor, an overdose of anger can stall a comic's inspiration.
Inspiration is running thin in comedian Margaret Cho's fourth concert film, a routine stand-up set that compares poorly to her oft-hilarious first two.
If Margaret Cho's act shows no signs of getting old, it's because the world is kind enough to provide her with sufficient lunacy to fill countless concert tours.
Much of this feels like pandering to her liberal audience, as she approaches subjects like reproductive and gay rights without offering many new -- or funny -- observations.
If you separate loyalty and politics and just consider the humor and the comedian's technique, Assassin isn't the killer it pretends to be.
We're told she's 'controversial,' but honestly, all she does is lob obvious cheap shots that do nothing but sanction her audience's status quo. Where's the controversy in that?
You know, the surest way to stop being considered 'edgy' is to brag constantly about how edgy you are. Get over yourself and get back to writing good jokes.
I saw Cho perform much of this material live [...] and found it bracingly hilarious. The movie she has made of it is an entirely different matter.
standard-issue platitudes about media hype and Republican hypocrisy that you've likely heard many times before from many others.
The misses ultimately far outnumber the hits.
Her savage but empowering take on gay life is sufficiently sidesplitting to smooth over the weaker spots.
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