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TV personality and stand-up comedy sensation, Kathy Griffin is beloved for her blatant honesty and upbeat personality. The Emmy and Grammy-award winning entertainer frequently makes her mark on television and stage, livening up awards shows and television specials as she “finds the funny” in any situation.
Kathy built up her career with small but memorable roles on some of the most popular television shows at the time, including Seinfeld, E.R., and The X-Files. Her big breakthrough came when she played Brook Shield’s sidekick, Vickie Groener, in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. The sharp-tongued comedian has had more stand-up comedy specials than any other entertainer, capturing her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Kathy won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her hit reality series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which aired for six years on Bravo. It was nominated every single year of its run. In 2014, she made history with her 6th consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album (“Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl”), joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album.
Kathy is also an avid advocate of LGBT rights, having lobbied in Congress and organized various rallies. She received the prestigious Vanguard Award at the 2009 GLAAD Media Awards, 2005 Aid for AIDS Friend of the Year, and the Lifetime Honoree Award from the Trevor Project. She is currently on her “Like a Boss” tour, cracking up audiences from coast to coast.
Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, Grammy nominee, 2009′s GLAAD Vanguard recipient and 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders.
After moving to California, from her native Chicago, and joining the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisational troupe, Kathy began building her resume with guest starring roles on such series as ER and Seinfeld – where she created recurring character Sally Weaver. In 1996, Kathy′s dream of playing a sidekick on a sitcom came true when she landed the role of Vickie Groener, Brook Shields′ sharp tongued colleague, on the NBC show Suddenly Susan.
After her various TV guest spots, Kathy began gaining notice as a stand-up comedienne and landed her own HBO Half Hour Comedy Special. In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour special, A Hot Cup of Talk. She participated in, and won Celebrity Mole on ABC, and then hosted the NBC reality series Average Joe as well as the MTV series, Kathy′s So-Called Reality. In 2010, Kathy took a dramatic turn on Law and Order: SVU where she riveted audiences with her portrayal of a lesbian activist with a secret.
In August 2005, Kathy′s reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, debuted on Bravo to rave reviews and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and the second season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List won Kathy her first Emmy in that same category. The third season premiered in 2007 and again won Kathy an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. The fourth and fifth season were nominated again for Outstanding Reality Program. The sixth and final season of D-List aired on Bravo during the summer of 2010.
Kathy has performed many successful stand-up specials for Bravo. The first in 2005 called Kathy Griffin…Is Not Nicole Kidman, the second in May of 2006 called Strong Black Woman. Kathy Griffin-Straight to Hell (November 2008) and Kathy Griffin; She′ll Cut a Bitch (April 2009) were both nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Kathy′s second 2009 special Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steal, aired last year on Bravo receiving great reviews and her most recent special, Kathy Does The Bible Belt, aired on Bravo June 8, 2010. Kathy′s DVD stand up special Allegedly is available in stores now.
In June 2008, Griffin released her first comedy album “For Your Consideration” which featured tracks such as “Straight Guys Wake Up!” and “Hi Barbara Walters.” The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album and garnered Kathy the acclaim of being the first female comedian ever to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. In 2009, Kathy released her first Christmas album called “Suckin′ It for the Holidays.” Kathy was again nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for Best Comedy Album for “Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt.”
Kathy has co-hosted The Billboard Music Awards three years in a row and hosted Bravo′s A-List Awards two years in a row. She has appeared on numerous talk shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Howard Stern and The View in addition to filling in for Larry King on Larry King Live. On the small screen she has guest starred on multiple hit television shows and appeared in several films.
On September 8, 2009, Kathy added best-selling author to her list of many achievements. Her tell-all autobiography entitled, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly lists.
Kathy is very involved with the gay and lesbian community and was presented with the prestigious Vanguard Award at the 2009 GLAAD Media Awards. The Trevor Project awarded Kathy with Lifetime Honoree at the 2011 gala for her tremendous work with the GLBTQ community. Kathy won the 2009 Gracie Award for Outstanding female lead in a Comedy Series. She was the 2007 GAVYN Awards Honorary Gay, the recipient of the 2006 Ladies Home Journal Funny Ladies We Love Award and in 2005 she received the Lambda Legal Liberty Award. Other honors include 2003 Toys for Tots Commander′s Award, Women′s Night Special Comedic Award, Lucie Award, 2005 Aid for AIDS Friend of the Year and in 2007 was voted one of the Top 100 Irish American′s in Irish American Magazine. Kathy has also been nominated four years in a row for the Television Producer of the Year in Non-Fiction Television PGA Award.
Kathy Griffin fires up the crowd at a D.C. rally to repeal the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Infusing her raw comedic style into her “misadventures” of that week mingling with Capitol Hill’s politicians, she also hits several serious notes as she shares e-mails from fans who are gay and connected to the military.
She relays the pain and fear one fan endured when he almost thought his partner, “Joe,” who was serving in Afghanistan had died. Due to military policy, Joe had arranged that the military notify his sister-in-law, “Nancy”, in case anything happened to him; she in turn would notify the civilian partner. So when Nancy called one morning crying hysterically, Joe’s partner assumed the worst.
“I waited for her to compose herself enough to tell me…that Joe’s aunt had passed away,” Kathy reads the email. “My knees buckled. Nancy didn’t know enough to lead with the assurance that Joe was fine. It just didn’t occur to her. I’ve never been so angry, distraught, relieved…It had nothing to do with Nancy, but I balled and sobbed the entire commute to work and I had to compose myself as if nothing had happened. I couldn’t even talk to one co-worker about it.”
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Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin
Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It′s also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she′s always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It′s me, Kathy.)
Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the New Year with Anderson Cooper. But the legions of fans who pack Kathy′s sold-out comedy shows have heard only part of her remarkable story. Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior–the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you′ve ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name.
Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy′s life have taught her the most valuable lessons–both inside and outside the entertainment industry. And as if all that wasn′t enough, there are also dozens of exclusive and somewhat embarrassing photos from Kathy′s own collection–featuring the diva of the D List herself, with her old nose as well as her new one, plus celebrity friends, foes, frenemies, and hangers-on for you to gawk at.
Refreshingly candid, unflinchingly honest, and full of hilarious “Did she really say that?” moments, Official Book Club Selection will make you laugh until you cry, or just puke up a little bit.
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