Admittedly, everybody knows the drill by now or should be marginally aware of the mass controversy Kathy Griffin sparks. Perhaps you are vaguely familiar with her Emmy Award acceptance speech which which aired 09/15/2007. For those who weren't able to attend or somehow missed out on all the fun, I will give you THE recap. Hang on to your hats folks!
"Now, a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn't help me a bit. If it was up to him, Cesar Millan would be up here with that damn dog. So all I can say is suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!"
Before you jump to ridiculous conclusions, let me also add that Griffin later explained that she meant this remark not as a slight on Jesus per se but rather a mere satire of celebrities who thank Jesus profusely for their awards, even though their body of work could very well be construed as controversial. Even so, her remarks were quickly condemned by the Catholic League which urged the academy to "denounce Griffin's obscene and blasphemous comment." Irregardless of what some may say, she didn't become famous simply because of her controversial speech back in 2007. Griffin was well-established in the comedy world long before this took place & probability suggests you have seen her in one or more of the shows on television for which she's known.
Personally, I'd like to thank Jesus & his people for Kathy Griffin. She is, perhaps, one of the funniest ladies in comedy still alive today that has always managed to keep me in stitches. How one can watch her stand-up comedy routines without slapping their knees, kicking their feet, & nearly crying out loud is simply beyond me. Without doubt, this woman is just that funny.
Kathy Griffin actually began performing live in the early 1980s with the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings while struggling to become a fixture in the acting scene. She went on to perform stand-up comedy (alternative comedy) appearing at Un-Cabaret & her own show "Hot Cup Of Talk", which later became the title of her HBO special.
Gradually, Kathy would pursue small roles or cameo appearances in both movies & televison throughout the 1980s & 1990s. After starring in a HBO Half Hour Comedy Special, Griffin was offered a role in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan as a colleague of Brooke Shields. Since then,
we would find her in a variety of different roles ranging from the more dramatic ABC divorce-attorney series Civil Wars to a more recent performance in the lighter series Ugly Betty as a fashion channel reporter.
Not only has Kathy made numerous appearances in well-known TV series or threatrical releases, Kathy also has done voiceover work for major projects such as the animated Dilbert & Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (also known as MTV Spider-Man).
Of all the female comedians in the dog-eat-dog world, Kathy Griffin has managed to carve out a perfect niche for herself which is impressive. I, personally, would find it most flattering if the woman were to make fun of me or any of my characters flaws in the same vein as she's done with other people in the limelight such as Sarah Palin, Lindsay Lohan & of course her BFF Paris Hilton. The stand-up comedy routine to literally shred another well-known celebrity to bits is by no means a new concept but Griffin has perfected the process & perhaps she only gets better with each round. One must feel completely validated if she does incorporate your name in her act as she admits during an interview to being a fan of those she trashes. Though her humor may be wicked, Kathy hopes people understand that no malice is intended by it.
Again, I cannot give the woman enough praise for quick wit & ability to jerk laughter out of her loyal audience/fans. She's a hoot & I've enjoyed her overall work immensely through the years. It's been an interesting road for sure watching Kathy Griffin grow & evolve in her career & I'm dying to see what her future endeavors she has in store for us. We love you Kathy!!
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