Kathy’s grand stand on com­edy A-list

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - ERIN McWHIRTER

RED-HAIRED co­me­dian Kathy Grif­fin landed in view­ers’ laps as restau­rant critic Vicki Groener in US sit­com Sud­denly Su­san.

For four years Grif­fin rev­elled in the suc­cess of the com­edy along­side Brooke Shields, pro­pel­ling her star higher with each pass­ing sea­son.

Though some stars fade into ob­scu­rity, the 48-year-old milked the new-found fame for all it was worth and is now known as one of the world’s most pop­u­lar stand-up comics.

Now, with her own day-in-the-life re­al­ity show, a di­vorce and price­less world­wide pub­lic­ity thanks to her ‘‘Je­sus can suck it’’ re­marks dur­ing her Emmy ac­cep­tance speech two years ago, this straight-shoot­ing co­me­dian knows ex­actly how to push the but­tons of Hol­ly­wood’s A-list. You’re known for your dra­matic re­ac­tions if you don’t win awards. Usu­ally I like to flip out on cam­era or storm out. Do some­thing that peo­ple can be talk­ing about to­mor­row at the wa­ter cooler. When I watch those shows that’s all I want, is one mo­ment when some­one does some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate and damn it, if no one else will pro­vide it then I will. Did you ex­pect D-List to be as in­tru­sive on your per­sonal life? I had no idea that through the course of the show I’d get di­vorced, my fa­ther would pass away and I would go to Iraq. How do you bal­ance the per­sonal with en­ter­tain­ment? The ma­jor­ity of it (deal­ing with hard­ship) is off the show. My joke is that they edit me much nicer than I am in real life. I think it’s funny when all th­ese re­al­ity stars say, ‘‘I’m not like that, I was edited to look that way’’. I’m like, ‘‘Don’t try that s---with me be­cause I have a re­al­ity show’’. Your mother Mag­gie is quite a char­ac­ter. Was it a given she would be part of the show? It’s a net­work man­date that my mum is in ev­ery episode, which is a bit­ter pill for me be­cause it’s sup­posed to be my show. I’m now the side­kick of my own show to my mother. It ap­pears no celebrity is safe (from crit­i­cism) on D-List . . . Brit­ney Spears, Paris Hil­ton, Paula Ab­dul, Bar­bara Wal­ters . . . Hol­ly­wood is the gift that keeps on giv­ing. Have any of them con­fronted you about your com­ments? Oh yeah, Whit­ney Hous­ton shook her cracky fin­ger in my face and told me never to talk about her.

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