Korean American comedienne Margaret Cho is all smiles after learning of her Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, announced on Thursday.
Cho appeared as the enigmatic and vertically challenged dictator in three episodes of hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock in 2011 and 2012.
“I’m so excited to have been nominated for an Emmy, especially for 30 Rock, which is an incredible show and also for playing a deranged and deceased world dictator who has divided the small country of my origin in two,” Cho told CBSNews. “That’s the best part. I think that’s what I’d call iron curtain irony.”
Despite the role being a minor one, Cho’s portrayal of the late North Korean leader earned her high praise from Tina Fey, the show’s star and creator. Fey called Cho’s appearance in the show one of her favorite moments in the entire six seasons 30 Rock has been on air.
“To have witnessed that and helped to cause that to happen gives me great joy,” Fey said to the Los Angeles Times.
Cho will be up against nominees Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men, Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste on Glee, as well as guest hosts Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live.