Kathy Griffin Information
Kathy Griffin is a self-declared D-List actress and comedian. Born in Illinois, she has made a number of TV and film appearances, has written a New York Times Best-Selling memoir, and is known for her no barrierâ€™s input on a number of celebrities.
Griffinâ€™s first gig was performing improv with the Groundlings in LA. Through this experience, she developed a niche for stand-up comedy and continues to tour throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Known for her wit, crude language, and celebrity and self-deprecation, Griffinâ€™s stand-up is more like a conversation with her audience as she gushes on all the rumors, hot topics, and her personal run ins within Hollywood.
She has guest starred on a large range of television shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, ER, Mad About You, Ellen, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Simpsons, Whoâ€™s Line Is It Anyways?, Ugly Betty, Law and Order: SVU, and Glee. Her movie appearances include, Pulp Fiction, The Cable Guy, Shrek Forever After, and The Muppets. In 1996-2000, Griffin co-starred with Brooke Shields in the sitcom Suddenly Susan. She also won the first season of The Mole and has hosted CNNâ€™s New Years Eve countdown with Anderson Cooper since 2009.
After a few failed attempts at getting her own TV show, in 2005, she landed a reality show on Bravo, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. The show followed Griffin around as she performed stand-up and made her various appearances throughout Hollywood. It featured her relationships with her now ex-husband, personal assistants, and parents. Lasting six seasons, Griffin was awarded two Emmy Awards, for which she is very proud.
In 2009, she released her book, â€œOfficial Book Club Suggestion: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin,â€ which she half-jokingly suggests was written only in the hopes of getting into Oprahâ€™s esteemed Book Club. She has two comedy albums in which she earned a Grammy Award nomination for each but no wins much to her distaste, 2008â€™s For Your Consideration and 2009â€™s Sucking It For the Holidays. In total, she has performed 16 comedy specials, one airing on HBO and the rest on Bravo.
Griffin is also known for tackling more serious issues, such as her dedicated advocating for LGBT rights and political and social beliefs.
In January 2012, it was announced that Griffin is set to star in a new talk show, Kathy, on Bravo. She continues to tour with her stand-up routine which undergoes constant changes as new subjects arise for discussion.