Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kathy recently released her much-anticipated second book, “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index,” in November 2016. The book is an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she’s met over the years and the outrageous, charming and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them. Simultaneously, she revealed a brand new nationwide, 50-city standup tour under the same moniker that will begin in January of 2017.
In 2016, Kathy completed her 80-city, “Like A Boss” Tour, with stops from coast to coast including a four-night run at the famed Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA, and two sold out performances at the illustrious Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.
In 2014, Kathy 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.
In 2013, Kathy was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials - more than any comedian in history. Buoyed by her dedicated and engaged fans, Kathy's live standup performances are legendary and in a class of their own. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to see her perform sold out shows everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.
Kathy draws a huge audience to CNN's New Year's Eve special, which she has co-hosted with Anderson Cooper since 2007, beating Fox News in the coveted ratings demographic. She is one of television's go-to hosts for premier live events. After co-hosting The Billboard Music Awards LIVE three years in a row, this year Kathy hosted the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards LIVE and AARP's Movies for Grownups Gala.
Griffin's sure-fire hosting success led to her own LIVE late night talk show, Kathy. It was where the biggest celebrities went to have the most fun. Her boisterous and revealing memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Griffin 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. The show also won the GLAAD Media Award for Best Reality Program and was nominated six consecutive times by the Producers Guild of America.
Kathy was a cast member on NBC's Suddenly Susan and guest starred on Seinfeld and Law & Order: SVU. She lent her unique voice to animated characters in Shrek Forever After and the award-winning television shows The Simpsons, American Dad, and Dilbert.
Griffin's other awards and honors include The Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's Leadership in Entertainment honor, GLAAD's Vanguard award, The Trevor Life Award from the Trevor Project, and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Lead.
Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, four-time Grammy nominee, Broadway darling, 2009’s GLAAD Vanguard recipient and 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree Kathy Griffin returns to Cincinnati this April 5th at the Taft Theatre. Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit, who 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. Continuing the trend, the sixth and final season of “D-List” aired on Bravo during the summer of 2010 and received a nomination for Outstanding Reality Program.
March of 2011 Kathy brought her stand up show to Broadway with “Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony” and received rave reviews from outlets all across the board including The New York Times and the New York Post. She added 2 shows due to amazing ticket sales, and did 10 shows in 8 days at the famed Belasco Theater. She sold over a million dollars worth of tickets in less than a week, quite a feat for Broadway. Kathy utilized her friendships in the entertainment industry and brought out on stage before each show one of her famous friends, including Rachel Ray, Suzie Orman, Lance Bass, Rosie O’Donnell and Joan Rivers. To see her Broadway Playbill and her hilarious Broadway bio please visit kathygriffin.net.
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 Christmas album called “Suckin’ It for the Holidays.” Kathy was again nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for 2010’s “Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt” and 2011’s “Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant.”
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.
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