Margaret Cho & Jodi Long in All-American Girl

The above clip from the pilot episode of the short-lived sitcom All-American Girl, features a then-25 year-old Margaret Cho and a then-40-year-old Jodi Long, as her mother. The show lasted all of 19 episodes from 1994-1995 and used the “plight-of-the-Asian-family-torn-between-two-cultures-and-coping-with-life-in-the-US” formula. The storyline and its characters were based on Margaret’s stand-up act (before it relied on profanity and revolved around the word “lesbian”) but unlike Margaret’s early routines, All-American Girl needed the laugh track to get laughs.

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.

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