‘All About Sex’: Margaret Cho Will Help You Have An Orgasm

She's one of four hosts on TLC's new late night talk show


Promotional photo of Margaret Cho

She’s Dr. Ruth with tattoos!

Comedian Margaret Cho is on a mission to help America have more fun in the sack.

Cho, 46, is one of four female hosts on TLC’s new after dark series ALL ABOUT SEX.

The panel also features actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, writer Heather McDonald and relationship expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry.

“I have always wanted to do a late night sex talk show,” Cho says. “I thought that would be really cool. Something like THE VIEW, but instead we’d call it THE SCREW!”

It’s unclear where or if the network will draw the line when it comes to subject matter or language.

But Cho’s personal experiences will certainly keep censors on their toes.

“I was a victim of childhood sexual abuse,” she shares.

“I was a rape victim very early in life. I have had such an extensive, bizarre sex life, compared to most people. I was a sex worker in many different capacities…”

“I grew up in the age of AIDS which was an exploratory time where people were trying to figure out how to have sex without swapping bodily fluids. So you got to do very adventurous things like BDSM and heavy psychological stuff. There was a lot of adventure happening out of that.”

“So I want to bring my experience to this.”

Before making it big as an actress and comedian, Cho also did voice-over work for a phone sex company and worked for a BDSM collective that created created sex toys out of leather and latex.

The unfiltered star told me more about her incredible life story and the anticipation of her next chapter when we sat down in Pasadena, California on Thursday.

Why are people so uptight about talking about sex?
I think because it can be embarrassing. We get embarrassed about these private things.

Do you suspect people will tune in just out of curiosity?
I hope so. And I like that. For me, I can at least share some of my experience. I can also speak to how we as women can define pleasure and how we can have orgasms. This is a very amazing thing that I think everybody has a right to do. I am hoping that I can inspire people.

Would you feel comfortable if there were teenagers learning about sex for the first time by watching this show?
I would. I think because I encourage safety. I encourage self expression. I encourage honesty. All of those are really important things. [Teenagers] should learn. I am not a parent, but I definitely think it is better to be educated than not.

What is it like to not keep anything inside? To not have any inhibitions?
I still worry about stupid things, like that the dryer isn’t going to turn off. But I don’t know how to live any other way.

Did anyone ever give you a version of the “sex talk?”
Oh, no. I had to figure it all out. But I did. And I think when you learn about it by yourself it is pretty tough. So I am hoping I can save some people some heartache and suffering.

What was the biggest mistake you made figuring it out on your own?
I learned that I don’t like being set on fire. It’s not that fun.

What happened?
Again, it was experimentation. Sexuality. Trying to figure out what I liked. When you are in the BDSM world things get very interesting and theatrical.

Who set you on fire?
A partner. A man. It was consensual. He was [using] hand sanitizer. That has alcohol in it. But I don’t recommend anyone do it. So I didn’t enjoy that. And I don’t enjoy those Chinese glass cups — “cupping” — I don’t enjoy that. I don’t enjoy electric shock. And I don’t like piercing or any kind of blood play. But I had to find out, so I had to do it.

Was the idea to light a small fire?
Yes. It wasn’t extensive and it didn’t really burn my skin. It was just a theatrical thing, a demonstration at a sex club.

Can you talk someone through how to have an orgasm?
I think so. It is a matter of figuring out what you really want. Then I can help with tools and sex toys and ideas about how you you can exercise that part of you.

ALL ABOUT SEX airs Saturdays at 11:00 PM ET on TLC.

Sean Daly

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