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Margaret Cho busks in Haight-Ashbury to raise money for homeless

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Comedian Margaret Cho is appearing at the corner of Market and Castro streets tomorrow to continue rallying support for homeless people.
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Margaret Cho has performed comedy, music and burlesque all over the world, but her new gig might be her most unusual: busking on the streets of San Francisco.

On Monday, she settled in at the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets to pluck a guitar and raise awareness of the homelessness problem in San Francisco.

Cho, 45, who was born in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School and High School of the Performing Arts, made the announcement Sunday on her Facebook page.

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“For the next 2 months I am going to be busking in the street in San Francisco to raise money for the homeless — many hours a day,” Cho wrote. “I will tweet/FB where i will be and id love any of you musician/comic/artist types to come down and help me feed and entertain people.”

On Monday, according to the Hoodline neighborhood blog, Cho and her friend actress Gerri Lawlor accepted bags of food, clothing and blankets. At one point, Cho insisted on giving fresh socks to a shoeless homeless man.

Members of the Homeless Youth Alliance, which is based in the Haight, were there to support Cho. “[Margaret Cho's] busking sign: 'if you have, give. If u need, take.' Saw a homeless youth put in a dollar,” the organization tweeted.

Requests for comment were not returned Monday evening, but Cho did announce on Twitter that she would be at the corner of Castro and Market streets today starting at noon.

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