All-American Woman

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The inspiration for this tour, called "Beautiful," came from a radio host asking what you would do if you woke up the next morning and were beautiful. Who says you're not beautiful now?

It's just sort of this attitude ... this idea that there is a conventional kind of beauty, that there is a value put on it. Like the number system of rating women from 1 to 10, those kinds of things are really offensive, and it's just about getting rid of those kinds of values.

You started touring this show in Australia. Is America more interested in that skewed view of beauty than other countries?

I don't think we're more interested than other countries. I think it's actually worse in places like England. In England they're far more critical of people's bodies, and far more invasive, and they invented this paparazzi style.

Also, the culture online is the new continent, really ... the new land which unites all countries and all cultures. The culture online toward women's bodies is really horrible. There are whole blogs devoted to aging, weight and losing weight. It's crazy.

People might be surprised that you've been doing comedy for 23 years, even though you're only 39.

I actually started my career as a comic when I was 16. By the time I was 18 or 19, I was pretty much very settled into what I was going to do. Very focused.

You landed a sitcom fairly quickly in your career [ All-American Girl in 1994]. Did it come too soon, in a way?

Yeah, I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't have any money and I didn't have any position. I really had to make that thing work. I was just so young and so inexperienced I really didn't know, so that was very tough.

But you must have learned quite a bit.

Yeah, and since then I have done a lot of other stuff behind the camera. I became a producer. I became a director and a screenwriter, so in returning now to TV [on VH-1's Cho Show] I'm very experienced in many other ways. It's like I didn't have any concern about being too naive.