Her scant pop culture references -- Bjork's 1996 attack of a Bangkok reporter; Zhang Ziyi's deceptively guileless "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" performance in 2000 -- are severely dated, which is all the more glaring in this era of internet instantaneousness, and Kathy Griffin's current omnipresence on TV wherein she dishes on a laundry list of celebs du jour and what they did a half-hour ago. And while there are a few glimpses of Cho's surreal yet universally relatable wit, they're buried under an avalanche of political statements that are more heartfelt than trenchant or clever (provocateur title notwithstanding), and incite obligatory applause rather than sympatico laughter.
Bookends with amateur-shot footage of audience members singing Cho's praises point up why they adore her -- "If you don't pick up the phone, that mean you gay," one concertgoer quotes from a previous show in a perfect imitation of Cho's nosy mother. It's that sort of everyday absurdist realism Cho's fans want -- not an hour-and-a-half of uninspired preaching to the choir. Starring Margaret Cho. Directed by Kerry Asmussen. Written by Margaret Cho. A Regent release. Comedy concert. Unrated. Running time: 85 min