Margaret Cho stars as Teri Lee in Lifetime's hit series "Drop Dead Diva," where she turns on her dramatic and comedic chops as Jane's legal assistant. Always one step ahead of her boss, Teri is the utmost resource for Deb as she embraces her new life as Jane, the lawyer.
Revered for her crass, in-your-face style, Cho burst onto the scene in 1994 with her sitcom "All-American Girl" and has since become one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed comedians of our time. In 1999, she chronicled her legendary struggles with network executives over her weight and ethnicity into a groundbreaking one-woman show, "I'm The One That I Want," praised by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "Great Performances of the Year!" In her following stand-up concert tours and films, Notorious C.H.O., Revolution, Assassin and Beautiful, Cho tackled the axis of evil, organized religion, homophobia, revolutionizing one's self-esteem, the joy of bodily functions and, of course, her now world-famous mother. Her stand-up concert film, "Beautiful," aired in 2009 on Showtime (available on DVD from Image Entertainment). Never one to shy away from a challenge, Margaret appeared on Season 11 of "Dancing With the Stars," paired with dancing pro Louis Van Amstel (who will be guest-starring on "Drop Dead Diva" Season 3). In 2010, Cho received a Grammy Award nomination for Comedy Album of the Year for "Cho Dependent," released on her own Clownery Records. Cho collaborated with Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips and more.
A brilliant, taboo-busting comedian in the spirit of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin, Cho is known as much for her enormous contributions as a social equalizer as she is for her raunchy humor. She has been honored by the ACLU of Southern California, the National Organization for Women (NOW), GLAAD, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and PFLAG for making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Cho is writing a new stand-up show that features a healthy mix of comedy and live music. She'll be performing songs from her forthcoming comedy music album, featuring collaborations with Tegan and Sara, Jon Brion, Andrew Bird and Ben Lee, among others. Look for "Cho Dependent" at www.margaretcho.com this fall!
Teri Lee, Jane’s legal assistant and friend, is Jane’s rock and confidant.