It's virtually impossible to get away from Jian Ghomeshi right now.
Whether it's social media, news headlines, or water cooler talk, his name is everywhere. But it's not just about him but broader issues, particularly violence against women.
Even comedian Margaret Cho and her opening act Selene Luna weighed in on the subject when they performed at the River Rock Theatre in Richmond on November 1.
Luna recalled how she once had a sexual experience with a guy who began to put his hands around her neck.
Needless to say, she knew everyone was thinking it was about Ghomeshi. She said she wished it was, as it would've helped her career.
When Cho hit the stage, she started off the top with a rant about violence against women.
She praised the Canadian women who have come forward to speak out against Ghomeshi, noting that she believes what Trailer Park Boys actor Lucy DeCoutere said about her experiences with Ghomeshi.
She also was glad that both DeCoutere and author Reva Seth came forward publicly, and she noted that a third victim has also come forward: Billy Bob Thorton.
Cho tackled a lot of heavy subjects and expressed how angry she is about the numerous news stories around the world involving violence against women. She disclosed that she is a rape and sexual abuse survivor, as she has on Twitter as well:
I am a rape victim and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I come forward in solidarity with all women who have suffered. #tellyourstory— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) November 4, 2014
She said if she were to be diagnosed with a terminal illness, instead of spending money on treatment, she'd spend it on going around the world and blowing up all the men who have done horrific things to women. She said she'd send hordes of angry women after them, including Oprah (and, by default, Gayle King).
Cho also spoke about how she was deeply affected by the deaths of two of her comedy mentors: Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. She called herself Rivers' Soon-Yi, the Asian baby you adopt you think will be low-maintenance until it grows up and steals your husband.
Overall, Cho seemed a little low energy, almost solemn, as she delivered her raunchy, explicit monologue—understandable as she said she's going through a messy divorce and is mourning Rivers and Williams. Nonetheless, she kept the audience in stitches with her disarming delivery.
Actually, she did seem to perk up as her set went along, gaining more energy as she delved into her familiar territory of being a faghag (or "dick widow", which she says is more accurate), vagina issues, lesbian jokes (such as how lesbians get bossy when you give them a headset and a set of keys), drug use, and being bisexual (such as how the B in LGBT is often silent), among other things.
She also interacted with the audience, asking gay men about their experiences with vaginas (imitating them gagging). She remarked how she was glad to see an Asian woman in the audience with a handsome guy because she's irritated seeing so many beautiful Asian girls with butt-ugly, old white guys.
In addition to her frank, fearless, outspoken voice, one of the many things that's impressive about Cho is her perseverance in spite of all that she's gone through in her life, both personally and professionally, as this show reflected. Her ability to tackle numerous intense subjects, such as rape and death, yet make the audience laugh about them was daring and impressive, to say the least.
Her local audience (who she noted was particularly Asian, which is why she loves coming to Vancouver) clearly loves her for it, as they not only howled with laughter but gave her a standing ovation at the end of her show—and it's easy to see why.