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Kathy Griffin



Biography

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 multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit, Griffin has made a storied career out of bursting the bubbles of pretentious celebrities, simultaneously embracing and shocking our star-obsessed culture. After building her resume with guest-starring roles on ER and Seinfeld, in 1996, Kathy played Vickie Groener, Brooke Shields's sharp-tongued colleague on the NBC show Suddenly Susan. Kathy began gaining notice as a stand-up comic with various HBO specials. In 2005, her reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, debuted on Bravo to rave reviews and went on to win several Emmys. Kathy brought her stand up show to Broadway with Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony and received rave reviews from the New York Times and New York Post. Griffin has become one of the most familiar faces on TV, thanks to a Bravo reality series, co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve with Anderson Cooper, and outrageous guest appearances on numerous talk shows and specials. One of only three women to ever win a Best Comedy Album Grammy, she has also won two Emmys for her Bravo series. Openly risqué and unafraid to offend, Griffin has endeared herself to fans around the world for her willingness to say out loud the frank, catty things that many are thinking, while also championing those marginalized by the dominant culture.
Kathy Griffin