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A few years ago you played the roles of Kim Jong-un and King Jong-il during a couple of episodes of 30 Rock. How relieved were you in October when photos of Jong-un were released after he had not been seen in public for months?

(Laughs) You know, it's so weird because images [in North Korea] are so tightly controlled. We have no idea what some of their voices even sound like. We have no idea what is going on with that family. It's really interesting.

Actors James Franco and Seth Rogen got some flak from North Korean officials for making an upcoming comedy about the assassination of Jong-un (The Interview, which hits theaters Christmas Day). Did you ever hear any criticism for your portrayal of the Jongs since North Korea isn't known for their sense of humor?

Well, I'm so Korean anyway, so I think I have the right to play them. My family is half North Korean, so it makes sense.

Do you think it's a problem that there are no longer any female comedians in late night TV since Chelsea Handler left her show Chelsea Lately this past August? I know you were a guest of hers a handful of times over the last few years.

There really needs to be more female voices everywhere, not just in late night and comedy. I love Chelsea. I think she is great. I definitely think we need some presence in late night now that she's not there.

You were supposed to be on a TV show called Cabot College that Tina Fey was executive producing for Fox, but the show was killed this past summer when former Fox chairman Kevin Reilly stepped down from his position. How disappointing what that, especially since the show was considered a frontrunner to get picked up earlier this year?

Oh, I was very disappointed because I love Tina. I think she's a genius. She's a good friend and a role model. I really admire her and enjoy working with her. Every time we've done it, we've done so well. So, yes, I'm really disappointed, but I know things like that happen. I'm sure there will be another opportunity some time.

How do you feel about Comedy Central announcing last month that they will no longer bleep out the word "pussy" on air because of comedian Amy Schumer's campaign? She said there was a double standard since the network doesn't bleep out the word "dick."

It's great! Amy Schumer has revolutionized comedy. She is a true visionary. She is an amazing comedian. I'm really fond of her both professionally and personally. I think she's an incredible person.

What was your experience like working with Weird Al Yankovic on his new music video for his song "Tacky?" I'm assuming he is someone you look up to since you both do parody songwriting.

I love him. I've been a big fan for years and years. He's a good friend and it was a real dream to shoot that with him. It was incredible. All my friends are in that video, too, which made it super fun. We all messed up a lot and had to do it several times. It was hard because it was all one shot. To get it right was a challenge, but those guys are all such pros, so it was great.

Do you ever feel like you have to apologize for anything you say onstage?

I don't think about those things. I mean, possibly. I'm sure there are things that I've said that have been offensive, but that is the nature of comedy. You want to ride that line of being inappropriate. That's the value of it. That's the artistry.

Margaret Cho, $27.50, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri, Dec 5, 8pm & 10:15pm Sat, Dec 6, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805

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