Standup comedy is best seen live. The atmosphere of a live set (not to mention the alcohol usually involved) has caused me to laugh at jokes that I didn't actually think were funny. It takes more skill and better jokes to create a standup routine that people will still laugh at when youre not live and in person, such as the classic Eddie Murphy show Raw. Or Margaret Cho's I'm the One That I Want. I first saw Cho do this routine on the big screen in a small independent movie theater. Her candid, poignant discussion about trying to make it in show business as a queer, short, round Asian woman brought tears to my eyes when I wasn't laughing my abdominal muscles sore.
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Cho's back with more: Her new one-woman show, Beautiful, marks her first standup tour since 2005, and tonight it stops at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. Tickets are $28.50 to $45.50; visit www.tickethorse.com or call the theater box office at 303-623-0106 to purchase yours.
Sat., May 3, 8 p.m., 2008