8/09/2008

Spitfire

Last night I went to see Kathy Griffin who has finally stopped ignoring Canada and swept into town to share the love. After an introduction by way of a clip compilation from her various stints in TV and movie land (X Files? Really? Pulp Fiction? I'd forgotten about that), she kept the sold out and wildly appreciative crowd at Massey Hall laughing for a solid 130 minutes.

After ragging on us for being a bunch of socialists with free health care and having a boring prime minister, she launched into some fine and fiery skewering on the differences between Canadian and American Idol, trashy reality shows, young Hollywood, old Hollywood, George Dubya and her many strange encounters in the celebrity jungle.

There were hilarious stories about Oprah and her boyfriend Gail, Justin Timberlake, Tom, Katie and their Asian baby, Nancy Grace, Miley and Billy Ray, Pamela Anderson, PETA, Janet Jackson, Larry King and dozens of others worthy of our derision.

One of the things I really enjoy about Kathy (I call her Kathy) is her rare gift for making it seem as though it's just you and her, sharing stories and secrets. I know she was just being polite in pretending to include the other people there. She only had eyes for me.


Thanks for a rollicking performance and one I won't soon forget, my body is still racked with pain from laughing so hard. Come back anytime Kathy and if for some reason you decide not to, well, you can suck it!

29 comments:

mellowlee said...

Wow! I really want to see her now! I haven't had a really good laugh in too long!

Allison said...

I've always enjoyed her, and been amazed at her ability of rapid fire jokes. I shall have to suss out some clips on YouTube.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Dude, she is sooooooo into you.

Bluez said...

yeah she is hilarious. She's been on my "A" list for years. She just gets funnier and funnier.

Suzel said...

I like Kathy too. Seems like a good time - besides the body pain.

Bluez said...

And its not YOU she wants its Sanjaya or Nick.

By the way, how much is a ticket for a "D" list show?

Dale said...

You should pick up a coffee of her "Allegedly" dvd Mel and put on a diaper.

She's definitely good at going with the flow, getting sidetracked, coming back to the story she started and just hitting it out of the park Allison. I think her 'Life on the D List' shows might be You Tubeable.

Yes she is Dr. Monkey, that's me waiting backstage for her and she just kept looking at me.

It's getting harder for her to say she's on the D List for sure Bluez.

The pain is the good kind though Suze, you could handle it.

It was 45 bucks I think Bluez. Don't kid yourself, she wants me too. :-)

zombie said...

Holy hell Dale, it was you! We were having coffee after dinner last night and she was telling me about this dude that kept eying her during the performance, licking his lips and winking at her during her act and how he had this huge oyster hanging out of his nose!

I'm just kidding of course...she didn't really say you were winking at her.

FranIAm said...

I do love me some Kathy. She is hilarious. Sorry she has dissed you all. As someone who once had the career desire of being "Toronto housewife" I try to understand and respect the Canadian perspective!

Anyway, two of my friends have commented that I remind them of Kathy, which is a great compliment, but trust me I am not that funny.

At least not intentionally!

Cormac Brown said...

Tell her to watch out for the killer Toronna pylons...especially when Barbara Walters wields one of them.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I always get her mixed up with Kathy Lee Gifford.

Elizabeth McQuern said...

Awesome! I love Kathy Griffin.

BeckEye said...

I'd like to see her, but I'm sure tickets would cost a very non-D-list amount, especially here in NYC.

But I saw Jackie Hoffman on the street. Suck on that!! :)

SkylersDad said...

I am jealous, I would love to see her!

Grant Miller said...

She's pretty funny and at least she's honest about having (considerable) work done.

Falwless said...

I *love* Kathy Griffin. I'm addicted to her reality show and think she is seriously, seriously hilarious. I love the shit she got in for telling Jesus to suck it when she got her Emmy. Too damn funny. I'm jealous you got to see her! :)

Leonesse said...

I wanna go! I could use a good laugh. I will catch up soon on you and the KBL.

Dale said...

I lied Bluez, my ticket was 78 bucks but I was in the 5th row, I think the range was 45 and up.

Take good care of her Zombie while I get that oyster taken care of. See? I didn't even make a pearls joke.

She meant no harm Fran so it's all good. Now I have to meet you just to see if I'd be disappointed. :-)

You should never cross Barbara should you Mr. Brown? Poor Kathy's been rebanned from The View.

She says that Larry King usually thinks he's talking to Kathie Lee Gifford too. Poor Larry, he's been dead for years but nobody has the heart to bury him Barbara.

Why weren't you there Elizabeth? I looked for you.

Jackie with a 'Z' Beckeye? Haha, that's nearly as good and much cheaper.

You'll have to stalk her a little and see when she's coming near you Skyler's Dad, she's always on the move.

She looked pretty good Grant and was as funny as I hoped she'd be. I think I heard she's laying off the surgery.

She loves getting in all that shit too Falwless, more fodder for her act. You would have loved the show, it was quite excellent.

Then you should go Leonesse. Hook up with Skyler's Dad and Falwless.

FranIAm said...

Disappointed?

Oh you just wait and see!

X. Dell said...

Watch out. One minute she'll have you laughing. The next she'll be conspiring with KBL to set up sweat shops all over Toronto.

If she is that popular in the Can, perhaps we should work out a trade. Give us Joni Mitchell, and Gifford's all yours.

Hahn at Home said...

I love Kat - she's Kat to me. But, ever since she was doing the horizontal bop with that Steve Wozniak, I was kinda, well...grossed out.

the princess said...

awww she's a cutie! i'll never forget her big scene in pulp fiction with all the piercings welding a big-ass needle.

pistols at dawn said...

Also, if she comes back, she can suck it, too. Basically, the offer to suck it is constant.

genn6 said...

she is brilliant, love her. I agree with Bluez, she keeps getting better.

Tenacious S said...

We've been talking about getting out to the local comedy club. You've inspired me to firm up those plans.

Johnny Yen said...

Kim loves her show, and I've enjoyed it the couple of times I've watched it. She's a lot of fun.

Dale said...

I'm sure I'd be flummoxed and flabbergasted Fran.

No Giffords north of the border please X. Dell. You can borrow Joni, in fact I think you already have.

One of them came to their senses Lori, they were an odd match for sure.

I think you're thinking of Rosanna Arquette, Princess.

That invitation is for all women right Pistols?

Better and better is right Genn6, her show was really pretty awesome and the D List series makes me howl.

Excellent idea Tenacious S, no heckling, at first anyway.

Fun is her middle name Johnny Yen, okay, it's probably not, but it could be.

Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

I watch Kathy's D list show all the time..got choked up when she went to Walter Reed.

I won't be seeing her soon, but I will be seeing Lily Tomlin!

Dale said...

They just started airing the latest season last week Melly so I've just seen episode 1. I'm a big fan of Missus Kathy. Lily Tomlin is a blast, that'll be exciting. I went to see her 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe' show a few years back and it was really a great night. Have fun!