Kathy Griffin Plays in Knoxville

Monday, 3 May 2010

Kathy Griffin came to Knoxville last weekend to tape episodes for her show on Bravo (it will air on June 8th at 7pm).  The first show was sold out but one of our producers couldn't go so I bought her ticket.  Kathy, as expected, was fabulous.

If you don't know much about her, this red-headed comedienne makes money by shocking others and she's never afraid to poke fun at herself.  She's skinny, funny and knows what she wants.  Kathy campaigns for Emmys and Grammys and has a new book out.  Kathy's material centers around A-list celebrities (Sharon Stone, Renee Zelwegger, Oprah) and she constantly plays to her biggest fans:  gay men. 

There were so many men in drag at her show - I was shocked!  Not shocked by the men dressed as women, mind you, shocked because I would never think people in East Tennessee would feel comfortable enough to go out on the town in drag.  So, good news, E-TN isn't as restrictive as I first thought.

Kathy was certainly funny but if you aren't a regular follower, you'll miss out on some of the jokes.  Her act covers everything she is doing and is like a "tease" to tune in.  She joked about her role on Law and Order, she talked about her Grammy nomiations, she talked about dinner with Liza Minelli and Morgan Freeman, she talked about meeting Zellwegger... I felt like it was:  "Me! Me! Look at Me!"  But that's how she's made it from a D-lister to an A-lister, self promotion.

Even though her show was "Kathy Griffin" overkill, I was inspired by her hard work and I laughed, a lot.  She's certainly used her networking skills and determination to make it to the top of her career.  I believe she's in her 50s and now most everyone in the U-S knows who she is.    Want to read her bio?  She's achieved an amazing amount on her own.

6 comments

Anonymous said...

She is from Oak Park - my neighborhood. She visits her family a lot, and it is always big news. Probably not a coincidence that Oak Park is considered one the most "gay family-friendly" towns in the country...

Love her.

CC

Florida Girl Meets the Midwest said...

I am a fan! She is hysterical. I did not know she was from Chicago - learned something new.

Chris F. said...

There has always been an element to Knoxville that one might consider "alternative" nested between the views. The gay community isn't as hidden as some people may be inclined to think.

Mark Addison said...

I have seen her standup twice. She is a hoot and a half. However I agree that it can be "Kathy Griffin Overkill" I met her in Vegas when I was in my early 20's and she was sort of a Diva...(wouldn't take a picture with us) which bothered me a bit but I still think she's funny.

Anonymous said...

Her Knoxville show is going to be aired as a Bravo special, right? I'm so looking forward to watching it when it airs.

Go, Kathy!

Thabang Motsei said...

Madam, you are missed. I hope to catch on Skype one of these days so we can do a catch up session. Hope you're settling nicely into Knoxville and that work has taken over as you had hoped. Love you lots, Thabi