D-list’s Griffin readies new TV season before Toledo stopWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, Kathy Griffin toyed with becoming a Scientologist and almost made a sex tape with Judi Dench to try to take herself off the celebrity D-list.
Millions watched. Her show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding reality program. The third season is set to air in June on Bravo. Where does she go from here?
“Season three is action packed. I went to Iraq last year and it didn’t kill me, so I had to go perform at a prison,” Griffin said. “And I’ve been doing a lot of dating. Last night, I had a date with poker player Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow, and I had a date with Ron Jeremy — he’s a very important film star.”
She’ll take a break from dating and reality TV to bring her standup show at 8 p.m. April 1 to Stranahan Theater. Tickets are $28, $38 and $42. She answered a few questions March 19 from her L.A. home.
TFP: Your life on the D-list began when you won “Celebrity Mole: Hawaii”?
Griffin: If you do a show called “Celebrity Mole,” there’s no Oscar nomination coming your way. You’re not going to do any movies with Denzel Washington. It’s a scarlet letter; it’s a stamp you can never escape. Although I loved doing that show and I won $233,000. And that’s really what I love about the D-list — it’s actually a great life. In fact, I think it’s a better life than an A-lister. I get to have a life.
TFP: Are you worried about staying on the D-list?
Griffin: I’m worried that I could slip down to D-minus. People say that to me all the time: “What if you’re not on the D-list anymore?” And then somebody that same day will look at me and say, “Look! It’s Kathy Lee Gifford!” People have a way of letting me know I’m on the D-list and always will be.
TFP: What can fans in Toledo expect?
Griffin: We’ll certainly be talking about bald Britney, and who knows how long her hair will be by then? So we will be following the length of Britney’s hair in centimeters, maybe millimeters.
TFP: Are any topics or people off-limits for you?
Griffin: I think it’s important as a comedian that everything’s on the table. I’m not a big believer in censoring myself in any way. And I don’t like to see that when I go see music or comedy or anything in the arts. I think political correctness is a comedy killer. I think it’s important in government and corporate America; I don’t think it has any place in comedy.
TFP: What’s it like when you come face to face with some of your targets — Clay Aiken, Ryan Seacrest, Celine Dion?
Griffin: It’s horrible. I just try to avoid them … It depends on how they feel. A lot of people think it’s really funny, and some people want to confront me. I usually just eat s*** and backpedal.