No hold­ing back

Come­di­enne Kathy Grif­fin be­lieves a con­tro­versy that in­volved Don­ald Trump opened doors for her.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - People - By JOHN LUI

IF you had never heard of come­di­enne Kathy Grif­fin, by June this year, it would have been hard to miss her.

An In­sta­gram pho­to­graph of her with a bloody mask of United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, as if it were a sev­ered head, made the news.

Her ac­tions were con­demned by the Trump fam­ily, theatres in the United States can­celled her stand-up show and she was dropped by news chan­nel CNN from per­haps her most high-pro­file job, co-host­ing the New Year’s count­down with news an­chor An­der­son Cooper.

The 56-year-old ac­tress and comic is­sued a tear­ful apol­ogy and spoke about how the stunt – which put her un­der a Se­cret Ser­vice in­ves­ti­ga­tion – had cost her dearly. She ap­pears to have re­cov­ered. Speak­ing on the tele­phone from Los An­ge­les, Grif­fin, who has acted on tele­vi­sion shows such as Glee and Drop Dead Diva, talks about her stand-up com­edy act.

The provoca­tively ti­tled Laugh Your Head Off world tour will come to Sin­ga­pore on Nov 3. Held at The Star Theatre, The Star Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, this is her only show in Asia as of now.

“One of the rea­sons I get to come to Sin­ga­pore is be­cause of the con­tro­ver­sial photo, where I was mock­ing our cur­rent, as I call him, the ‘ac­ci­den­tal Pres­i­dent’,” says Grif­fin, a vo­cif­er­ous op­po­nent of Trump and the views es­poused by his con­ser­va­tive base.

The come­di­enne, whose brand of shock hu­mour has earned her bans from sev­eral talk shows, says she “went through an or­deal that was so ex­treme, it turned out to have a lot of com­edy”.

Her tour will take in coun­tries such as Ice­land, Nor­way and other places which, in the past, might not have booked her.

“Frankly, prior to that pho­to­graph, I would not have been able to do a real world tour,” says the win­ner of two Prime­time Em­mys for her re­al­ity show, Kathy Grif­fin: My Life On The D-List (2005 to 2010). Grif­fin was also no­table for her role as restau­rant critic Vicki Groener in tele­vi­sion sit­com Sud­denly Su­san which aired from 1996 to 2000 and co-starred Brooke Shields.

She may in­clude a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion to her com­edy rou­tine if peo­ple are in­ter­ested to know more about her life, she adds.

But for the rest of the act, she will do the ma­te­rial that made her fa­mous – rude ob­ser­va­tions about celebri­ties, in­clud­ing her neigh­bours, re­al­ity-show star Kim Kar­dashian and her hus­band rap­per Kanye West.

She is still won­der­ing if she should tone down her swear­ing for the Sin­ga­pore au­di­ence, but of­fers this piece of ad­vice: “You may want to let your read­ers know that there will be a ridicu­lous amount of curs­ing. There’s go­ing to be a lit­tle naughty talk, if you know what I mean.”

Tick­ets from S$98 (RM309) are on sale now, via

Grif­fin (ex­treme left) was no­table for her role as restau­rant critic Vicki Groener in sit­com Sud­denly Su­san which co-starred Brooke Shields (sec­ond from right). — Hand­out

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