Comedian Kevin Avery is fundraising to shoot his short film, Thugs, The Musical. It’s about about Michael Gardner, a mediocre, slightly delusional, and very “non-urban” black actor in Hollywood who, after years of auditioning but not being considered “black enough” to be cast in any of the roles that his fellow black actors have been getting – the Gangsta, the fast-talking Sidekick, the one doomed Black Guy at the party in the horror movie – decides to write, direct, and star in his own theater production – an epically bad play called Thugs, The Musical – to show Hollywood (and the world) that he, too, can “act black”.
The film, shot as a faux documentary, chronicles the making of the play, from rehearsals through its disastrous opening week, and spotlights a well meaning, but horribly inept cast performing musical numbers like “Who’s That Keepin’ It Real?”, “Drive-By” and “Oh No She Di-in’t” in what may possibly be the worst musical ever conceived.
Among the people in the cast is comedian Margaret Cho, who plays Yvette. She shows a little bit of the character in the video below. Margaret should fit perfectly in this musical as she has been releasing music videos off the musical comedy album “Cho Dependent” with songs like Intervention, Eat Sh*t and Die,I’m Sorry, and Lice. Also slated to be in Thugs : The Musical are David Alan Grier, Baron Vaughn, W. Kamau Bell, Rachel True and Prodigal Sunn from Wu Tang Clan. You can support this project here.
Margaret Cho to be in Thugs : The Musical