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“D-List” Kathy Griffin: Funny Just Doesn’t get Funnier

Kathy Griffin

Robin Roth

Kathy Griffin, the quick-witted, Emmy-nominated performer best known for her role as spunky, sassy, totally cool, redhead Vicki in the hit sitcom “Suddenly Susan,” set the stage ablaze on February 23rd at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Her comedic talents brightly shined through as she went on a rampage, telling stories about the “A-list” stars as she “ALLEGEDLY” sees them. This funny lady is not only a true comedy genius, but she is also so darn likeable and funny. Kathy, in my opinion, already ranks as a comedy legend! I cannot tell you how much I love Kathy’s unique, ALMOST over-the-top style of humor. She stands on stage, adorable, and effortlessly, sporting a jeans outfit, a microphone, a mic stand, and two bottled waters. There she is, for two hours, telling ad-libesque, gossipy stories that we all would tell our own friends; only she makes them hysterically funny. Kathy is completely original, for she COPIES no one (unlike most comediennes)… I LOVE THIS GIRL! She tells it like it is, only with a funny twist. I applaud her courage for saying out loud what we are all really thinking.

This new show was up-to-the-minute topical. She hit on just about EVERYTHING that has recently been in the news. Kathy RAN out on stage to a five-minute standing-ovation before she even uttered a word, and kept this tempo for two solid hours. She did begin by SADLY and humbly telling the audience how grateful she was for us, as her father passed away six days prior to the show. That didn’t stop Kathy. She loved her father very much and that is why she went on with the show. In true STAR style, every time she hit on one of her “A-list” victims, she said, “it’s the grief talking” (which of course only made it all that much funnier)! Some of Kathy’s victims included Britney Shears (but of course), Tyra Banks, George Foreman, Michael Jackson (how could she possibly resist him), Paris (that’s another given, not to mention easy), and the Astro-nut. She went on to destroy Paula Abdul and Simon, Rush Limbaugh and Michael J. Fox (which I particularly enjoyed!), Whitney Houston and THE Bobby Brown, Courtney Love (who is total “candy” to a comic), Scientology…Tom Cruise, and John Travolta, Mel Gibson’s demise (loved this bit as well), Angelina, Madonna, Star Jones (another piece of Kathy-candy), Sharon Stone, AND her beloved up-scale gays, (my favorite!!). She doesn’t stop there! Kathy had no mercy for Clay Aiken, Lindsay Lohan and Larry King. She went on to explain, “I was raised right. I talk about people behind their backs… it’s called manners!”

What I particularly find so amazing about Kathy and her talent is this: MOST comics use the SAME material over and over again, never changing or updating a thing. Furthermore, they also have writers. Kathy is her own writer and her show was completely new. She repeated nothing that she has done before, even the bits she is so famous for performing. Everything in her show is fresh, hilarious, original, and delivered like only Kathy Griffin can do. I JUST LOVE THIS GIRL!

She claims she hates children because they are so selfish! “The first time a 3-month-old asks me how my day was, I might change my mind!”

She talks about her “SHMEMMY” nomination instead of her Emmy nomination because her category didn’t merit being a part of the television awards show. She goes on to talk about how bitter she was when she lost and what she went on to do about it. The audience was roaring. I completely embarrassed myself as I disgustingly snorted like a pig until I cried. GEE, THANX KATH!!

Kathy has done guest starring roles on “ER” and “Seinfield.” She then landed her own "HBO Half Hour Comedy Special." In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour special, "A Hot Cup of Talk.” Griffin has brought life and voice to characters on the animated series, "Dilbert" and "The Simpsons," and she appeared in a dual role on the "X-Files" as well as in Eminem’s video, "The Real Slim Shady." You probably also enjoyed Kathy when she hosted “The Billboard Music Awards” three years in a row; and appeared on several talk shows including "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Howard Stern" and "The View," as well as having been featured in the films "It’s Pat" and "Four Rooms."

If all of this isn’t impressive enough, this talented young woman has performed very successful stand-up specials for Bravo: in 2005, "Kathy Griffin...Is Not Nicole Kidman" and in 2006, "Strong Black Woman" and “Allegedly.”

In August 2005, Kathy’s reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," was aired on Bravo to outrageous rave reviews. The second season of "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program.

Kathy closed her fantastic show (we are on a first name basis, Kath and I), by doing ten minutes on her CATHOLIC mother. This bit was so funny, it alone was worth the price of admission. The more she went on, the more the audience went crazy with delight. I won’t spoil it for you; go catch the show and laugh yourself! YES, you will be back on your feet for five more minutes screaming for more, as we all did!!! It is Vegas, so she can only do so much time.

I was captivated, mesmerized, and blown-away by Kathy Griffin’s memorable performance. I truly could have sat there for 2 more hours at least! She is the girl we would all love to have over, ‘to do lunch with and dish’! Comedy-fans DON’T miss the opportunity to see Kathy when she appears locally. It is an experience like no other! You will be laughing for 2 solid hours with no mercy. Heck, you will be laughing long after her exit! “THE” Kathy Griffin may be on the “D-list”, but as far as I am concerned, she is on my A+ comedy list! I TOTALLY LOVE THIS GIRL! 

Look for Kathy’s third (reality show) season coming out in June! I, for one, can’t wait!

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