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    The Comedy News For 01/21/18

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    1) Kathy Griffin | Biography
    Birth: 11/04/1960 Death: still living
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    Kathy Griffin was born Kathy Mary Griffin on November 4th, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. Today she is best known as an Emmy award winning performer with a sharp tongue and a rapid fire wit. She is also known for her four-year stint on the sitcom Suddenly Susan as Vickie Groener and her reality cable TV series, My Life on the D List. However, Griffin is probably most notorious for making fun of other celebrities, often costing her friends and the privilege of appearing on several network TV shows.

    Griffin's favorite celebrity topics are plastic surgery, Scientology, substance abuse, eating disorders and disputed sexual orientations. Among Griffin's popular targets are Paris Hilton, Clay Aiken, Barbara Walters, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Gwyneth Paltrow, Star Jones, Paula Abdul, Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Griffin spares nobody, including celebrities she considers close friends.

    Griffin was born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park and raised there and in nearby Forest Park. She was the youngest of five children that included three older brothers and an older sister. Her mother, Maggie, was a hospital administrator. Her father, John, was an electronics store manager. Griffin wanted to become an actress at the age of five. Her early comedy inspirations were Margret Cho, Joan Rivers and Janeane Garofaolo. She frequently improvised elaborate comedy acts at family functions. According to her brothers, a young Kathy would circulate among the guests at parties and tell jokes. Griffin was raised Catholic, but, while in high school, she fell away from the Roman Catholic Church and wanted to become a Unitarian. She now considers herself as a militant atheist.

    Griffin attended Oak Park High School. After graduating in 1978, she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Southern California. Before comedy, Griffin worked as a waitress, hostess and a baby furniture saleswoman. When her parents retired to California, Griffin began trying to break into show business. She often went to see shows at the Groundlings before joining the famous improv troupe.

    Before joining the Groundlings, she met cast member Phil Hartman backstage and asked him what The Groundlings were all about. This led to her taking classes and being asked to join the main Company. Griffin spent seven years as a member of the Groundlings. She went on to perform stand-up comedy and became part of the alternative stand-up comedy scene in Los Angeles, appearing at Un-Cabaret and hosting her own show Hot Cup of Talk, which would later become the title of Griffin's 1998 HBO special.

    In 1995, Griffin made her TV-movie debut in The Barefoot Executive on ABC. Early on, she landed roles on ER. In 1996, she was cast as a regular on the short-lived FOX variety show, Saturday Night Special, produced by Roseanne. However, that series was cancelled after only a few weeks. Shortly afterwards, Griffin was cast as Vickie Groener Rubenstein on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan, portraying Brooke Shield's sardonic lifestyle-columnist. Griffin remained with the series until it wrapped up in 2000. During Suddenly Susan, Griffin and Brooke Shields became the best of friends for years, that was, until Griffin made Shields the butt of a joke. After making the joke, the two stopped speaking to each other. To this day, they have not made up.

    In 1991, Griffin broke into film with the supporting role of Connie in the horror movie The Unborn. In 1992 she had a role in Julie Brown's Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful which was a parody of Madonna's backstage film Truth or Dare. Meanwhile, Griffin continued her TV appearances on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad About You, Ellen and the X Files. That same year, she appeared in the critical failure Shakes the Clown. Meanwhile, she made her dramatic acting debut in an episode of ABC's divorce-attorney series Civil Wars. By the mid 1990s, she had also made guest appearances in It's Pat, Four Rooms, Who's the Caboose and Pulp Fiction.

    Griffin also supplied voices for characters on several animated series including Dilbert, Dr Katz, Spider-Man and The Simpsons. She also appeared in Eminem's video, The Real Slim Shady. She also won Celebrity Mole on ABC, and hosted the NBC reality series Average Joe. She meanwhile co-hosted The Billboard Music Awards three years in a row. Then, in 1999, she would have a breakout role when she played Sally Weaver on Seinfeld, a stand-up comedian whose act consists of trashing Jerry while revealing embarrassing details from his personal life and trying to convince the public that Jerry is the devil.

    Her series, My Life on the D-List, was originally developed as a sitcom for NBC modeled after her TV appearances as Sally Weaver. However, the sitcom never materialized until NBC chose to develop a similar version as a reality show on its sister channel, Bravo. In August of 2005 Griffin's reality show, My Life On The D-List, debuted on Bravo to rave reviews. At the time, the show also featured then-husband Matt Moline, her parents, her personal assistant Jessica Zajicek and her dog.

    So far, My Life on the D List has run for four seasons. The second season, which premiered on June 6th, 2006, earned Griffin a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award presented by Carlos Mencia during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. However, Griffin quickly stirred up controversy with her acceptance speech by stating, "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 Milan would be up here with that damn dog. So all I can say is suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!"

    The Catholic League which urged the Academy to denounce Griffin's comment. As a result, The Academy caved and agreed that Griffin's acceptance speech would not be part of the telecast. Griffin later responded by saying, "Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?" Yes, you probably are.

    Griffin's sharp tongue and style of comedy has lent itself to several controversies. As a result, she claims to be banned from The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Live with Regis and Kelly, Late Show with David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. One of the most notable controversies occurred when she made a joke during a 2005 E! televised red carpet event when she stated on the red carpet that the child actress Dakota Fanning had recently entered rehab at the 2005 Golden Globe Awards. After the remark, Griffin was fired from hosting duties at any of E!'s red carpet events. On behalf of DreamWorks, Steven Speilberg pressured Griffin to apologize. However, no apology or retraction has ever been made. Not everyone has banned her, however. In fact, Griffin is a frequent guest on CNN's Larry King Live who calls Griffin one of his favorite guests.

    Griffin married Washington, D.C. native Matt Moline on February 18th, 2001 on top of the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood. She walked down the aisle to the 1980s power ballad Sister Christian. Her maid of honor was Brooke Shields. Her wedding was attended by Camryn Manheim, Bill Maher, James Williams and Jane Krakowski. Although they appeared to have a loving and supportive relationship on her reality show, the union quickly fell apart. After separating and reconciling in 2005, the two finally divorced in May of 2006. Meanwhile, on Larry King, Griffin accused Moline of stealing $72,000. Moline declined to respond to the allegations.

    In other areas Griffin's life was good. The third season of My Life on the D List premiered in 2007 with over 1 million viewers. It had a 77 percent increase in viewers aged 18 to 49 and a 57 percent increase in overall viewers. The new season introduced Tom Vize, Griffin's dog walker, and Tiffany Rinehart, Jessica's assistant. It also dealt with the emotional period of her life during her father's death.

    In 2007, rumors began circulating that Griffin had been dating Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak when they attended the Emmy Awards together. On September 18th, 2007, US Weekly reported that Griffin and Wozniak were engaged. Season four of My Life on the D-List even introduced the Apple co-founder to the public as her new boyfriend. However, as of June 2008, Griffin and Wozniak were no longer dating though they have chosen to remain friends.

    Griffin also performed a set of four very successful stand-up specials for Bravo. The first, Kathy Griffin...Is Not Nicole Kidman, was recorded in 2005. Griffin followed up with Strong Black Woman in May of 2006. Her third DVD stand-up special, Allegedly, would air in 2006. He fourth, Everybody Can Suck It, aired the following year, the summer of 2007.


    In the fall of 2007, Griffin was being considered as a replacement for departing panelist Rosie O'Donnell on the View. Despite running jokes in her act about Executive Producer Barbara Walters, Griffin has co-hosted the show many times after O'Donnell left. However, in the end, Whoopi Goldberg was selected as the permanent replacement host. Griffin recently divulged that she is now banned from The View all together after talking about the View on her most recent televised comedy special, Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell.

    On June 12th, 2008 Griffin hosted the first ever Bravo A-List Awards. On June 17th, 2008, Griffin released a comedy CD titled For Your Consideration. It was Griffin's first audio-only release. On Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 12th, 2008, Griffin stated that she only decided to release an audio only CD to try to win a Grammy Award. The CD, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #85, peaked at #8 on iTunes.

    Griffin has undergone five surgeries on her right eye. Three were Lasik surgeries; one was an attempt at corrective surgery by a Dr. Robert Maloney. Her last procedure was a 90 minute surgery that left her with 17 stitches in one eye for three weeks. Griffin now spends tens of thousands of dollars to educate the public about the dangers and the side effects of Lasik eye surgery.

    Griffin was recently chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly Magazine's 100 most creative people in entertainment. Griffin also recently placed 17th on Oxygen's 2007 list of The 50 Funniest Women Alive. One of her male inspirations is Andy Dick. Griffin considers her friend Dick a comedic genius, in the way that Andy Kaufman was, stating that both are inherently funny but neither could explain how they do what they do.

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