Margaret Cho talks about Robin Williams’ legacy beyond his movie career

Whether or not you caught the Golden Globes last night, chances are you’ve seen or heard a little something about Margaret Cho’s brief stint as North Korean army general, Cho Young Ja. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler introduced her character as the “newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association” to poke fun at Sony’s recent clash with North Korea over The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The morning after the awards show, viewers are either criticizing Cho, Poehler, and Fey for taking the racist joke too far – or “Liking” every Margaret Cho Golden Globes GIF they come across.

A comedian, actress, author, singer-songwriter, and even fashion designer,  Cho is no stranger to making a splash. However, during her recent visit to Wake Up With Taylor, Cho put another comedian in the spotlight: the iconic entertainer, Robin Williams. While there are many Robin Williams roles we will never forget, Cho told Taylor that many do not remember Williams for his role as a real-life philanthropist. Specifically, Williams truly felt compelled to care for homeless people (he received a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in 1991 for his role as a homeless man in The Fisher King). In 1986, he banded together with fellow funny people Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to create Comic Relief USA, which has raised approximately $80 million for homeless people as of 2014. And according to Cho, that is only one example of what Williams did to put a smile on the faces of all people.

“He had a clause in his movie contract where a certain percentage of the workers had to be homeless people,” Cho said. “So he gave homeless people a dignified weight. Every movie he did, he tried to reach out to the homeless to get them out of the hole that they were in. And now with his death, there’s nobody to carry on that legacy, and people don’t talk about that part of his life.”

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