Margaret Cho on life after the masked singer: It's like Bird Box

Margaret cho has been unmasked

It was revealed that the legendary comedian had disguised himself as Poodle on Fox & # 39; s The masked singer this week, and let us tell you, we were excited to talk to her after the episode aired. As we told you, maybe we've never had more questions about a TV show, and we've never been closer to our screens and our endless Google search tabs in a constant state of confusion. "Who is that???" we ask ourselves even more often than that creepy voice in the program asked the same question. "It's Margaret Cho!" It was the answer this time, to our delight.

The masked singer It is based on a Korean series called King of the singer mask, with which the Korean-American Cho was a little familiar before baduming the role of Poodle.

"I'm always very open to doing any Korean adaptation." As if I was obsessed with Korean television, and had only known about the program a couple of times, I was really confused about what it was, "she says. "In the Korean version, at least the ones I saw, the costumes are not so luxurious, it's a very Korean style."

Once he had the opportunity to explore what the program was exactly, Cho says that he liked it a lot, especially when he realized that he would be singing.

"I also love to sing, for me it's something that I'm really pbadionate about, but it's not something that I combined in my stand up comedy so easily," he says. "But I've made records, and I've worked with Tegan and Sarah and John Bryan and Fiona Apple, and with amazing musicians who write songs and make music, so part of my life is very solid, and I actually like a couple of songs that I sang in the program, I've sung before, but the emotion was like, oh, this is a great idea, I think it's fun, because no one really knows what I sing as much as they do. [know me as] a comedian. "

Cho says she is very excited to see how much people like the program because it is "what the United States really needs."

"It's something we can go into together, which is really festive, very cute and really innocent," he says. "This will bring us back like a lot of really happy feelings, almost like those of the 70s, like Truth or Consequences or To tell the truth, that kind of thing, it's just that it's sweet and I really love it."

To know exactly how all this worked, from the suits to the tracks and the intense The security of why you are afraid to guess who the other singers are, read on for our complete interview with Cho!

MY! News: How did the process begin, realizing that you were going to be the Poodle?

Cho: I was introduced for the first time with an artistic representation of Poodle and the Alien. I could choose between which one I wanted and choose the Poodle because I am a dog lover, and I thought it would be a lot of fun, and I loved how oddly robot the dog was, so I continued with that. So you chose a series of accessories, and the secret around your arrivals everywhere was quite intense. Even the people in production with whom you worked all the time, many of them did not know who you were, because they never saw your face, or could not talk to them or anything. They did not see your hands or your body, because we had to wear these big hooded sweatshirts and balaclavas. It was very, very extensive in hiding who you were. You had to go through many trials and adjustments and block trials and choreography, so there were a lot of things you were doing, but really hiding your identity.

Was that stressful?

It was stressful because it was like you really got into that. I was like, I really want to make sure no one knows. I did not tell anyone in my life, and that was also difficult, especially when the show began to air and people were like, right? It's you? And they called me all the time, people entered my DM. It's you? It's you?? I'm like, I do not know what that is, I'm not sure, what is that? I'm on the road, I do not know. So hiding it was very difficult, but you know, you want to make sure nobody knows. It's like a surprise party.

So, are you breathing a sigh of relief after the episode aired, now that you can talk about it?

Yes, a lot, because I was very worried about people discovering it. The people were just accusing me, too. I like it, you are the poodle! Like last week, people were really angry now. Like every time I see friends of mine, they're like, you keep denying it, but you are! You are! And that was very funny.

How involved were you writing the clues?

Well, they wanted clues that were pretty obvious, but at the same time, no. Then mine was [about how I] I played a legal badistant in a program called Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime, and that was a few years ago. And then I'm from San Francisco, I'm LGBTQ. I think they were very astute about those things. Being fired, that's a reason why I was fired from some jobs throughout my career, starting when I was five years old. I was singing in a children's band and I kept greeting my mother when she was on stage, so they took me out of the children's band. That was my first case of being fired, so they put that on.

You said you were fired in response to the panel, right? Did they tell you what to say when the panelists were talking to you?

We reached an agreement that, in agreement, they are going to ask a question and you can respond, with the coded voice, you know. You did not want to try it too much because you could listen to the person, as through their cadence. If people talked a lot with you, they could probably find out who it was.

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At what point did you realize that Ken Jeong was going to be one of the panelists?

Right when I entered the stage. I did not know And when I saw him, I was very nervous, because he is a very good friend of mine. I played his sister on his television show Dr. Ken and he was my first act as a comedian 25 years ago, so we both know each other all our lives, so I thought, oh, this is not good, because he's going to guess. He, of anyone, of course, will know. But luckily for me, they went down a different path, like oh, it's Judge Judy or Jane Fonda, and then they got a little hot with Kathy Griffin. But it was hard, because I was very nervous, as if Ken knew my voice, he would know me. But he did not, which is good.

His reaction was hilarious. He was so angry with himself!

Yes. Yes, it was great because I think it's one of those things, it's so obvious, but you're like, oh it can not be, because it's too obvious. Maybe he was thinking, oh, they would not throw someone who was so close to me.

How was the secret in keeping you away from the other singers? Because you did not know who was anyone else, right?

No, I still do not know. I mean, they kept us separated, since we were all scheduled to go on set at different times. All of our trials were in separate locations where we had no idea. You never ran into anyone, I never crossed paths with any of the people. We all had remote dressing rooms very far apart. We had separate production people. We did not crossover at all. There were a couple of times when, when we were in disguise, we would see each other, like on stage, and that was the only time. When the audience saw us all together, those are the only times we really saw each other. So it was a tremendous feat, I think, to program to keep us all separated. And not only were we masked and undercover, our entourage, that is, I do not have a large entourage, but my publicist and my manager were with me and they were also masked.

They really adhered to the rules, and there's a real protocol when it comes to this program because it's such an established program in Asia, and I think that there, maybe the secret is even more intense because it's almost like you're dealing with a little group of people, a smaller group of celebrities to draw, so I think somehow they got their rules from that.

Did you even see the first three singers unmasked?

No no. When people were unmasked, you could not see. That was really disappointing, because you know, you wanted to see who it was.

Did not you discover it until it went on the air?

I did not discover until it went on the air. Nobody would tell you! They really kept it down, which is really cool.

Do you have any conjecture for the remaining singers?

I really do not. I probably have like … I'm more in the dark because of the psychological trauma of having to be masked. It's like, you're afraid. I mean, this is like Bird box [the Netflix movie starring Sandra Bullock] kind of things Do not look, no, you can not see it, they are your biggest fears! That gives you an impression of how you are, I'm afraid to guess. I had favorites. I really loved the monster. I mean, all those who are still there, of whom I really am a fan. I love Raven, I love Alien. They all have something different to offer and that is very unpleasant and special, and I am really perplexed like any other person. Probably it is more, but I'm really excited to see who is unmasked next.

The masked singer It airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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