Kathy Griffin is a major name in the world of stand-up comedy. After finding in the world of improvisational comedy with The Groundlings, she became a permanent fixture on the Los Angeles alternative comedy scene. Griffin diversified into the world of TV and film in the 1990s, with memorable turns in the likes of Pulp Fiction, Truth or Date and Ellen. It was her supporting role in NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan in the late 90s that earned her wider recognition, rocketing her into the mainstream.
Today, Kathy Griffin is Grammy and Emmy award winning heavyweight in the comedy field, with an impressive filmography that includes sitcoms, TV specials, movie roles and presenting duties. It’s stand-up comedy that remains her weapon of choice however. Looking to see this award-winning talent in action? Find Kathy Griffin tickets online today at StubHub.
Kathy Griffin’s rise to the top
Born in 1960 in Illinois, Kathy Griffin moved to Los Angeles when she turned 18 to train as an actress and pursue a career in entertainment. In her early career, she joined improvisational troupe The Groundlings, honing her comedic talents and establishing a name for herself on the circuit.
After moving on from the troupe, Griffin went solo and began performing stand-up comedy throughout LA. During the late 1980s and early 90s, she became a permanent fixture of the stand-up comedy scene and earned recognition from casting agents. Her first stand-up special came in 1996 with a turn on HBO Comedy Half-Hour, followed by Hot Cup of Talk in 1998. It was during this time that Griffin sharpened her comedic wit and self-deprecating style. Her love of popular culture and celebrity also became apparent, with both subjects taking centre stage in her many televisions specials and live show tours. She is often considered a pioneer of trash comedy and scathing attacks on sometimes controversial topics. Her unapologetic nature and direct approach have often earned her comparisons to the late Joan Rivers, someone she would work with in person.
During the 2000s, Kathy Griffin would diversify even further, becoming a presenter and a stalwart of reality television. Her reality TV series, Kathy Griffin: Life on the D-List earned her legions of new fans and two Emmy Awards, first in 2007 and again in the following year.
It was with her Bravo stand-up comedy specials that Kathy Griffin earned her biggest critical successes. Her debut album in 2008, For Your Consideration hit the Billboards Top Comedy Albums chart at number one. The album earned her a Grammy Award nomination, with the comedian earning successive nominations every year with the release of more much-loved specials. It wasn’t until 2013 with the release of Calm Down Gurrl that she would finally win a Grammy, making her only the third female comedian ever to take one home after Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin.