Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Kathy Griffin: On her new show and Hollywood
NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2012-04-25

This article shared 4359 times since Wed Apr 25, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Illinois native comedian Kathy Griffin is bringing her lip service to a new talk show on Bravo, entitled Kathy, airing on Thursday nights. She will discuss politicians, celebrities and friends. Her mother, Maggie, will be along for the ride toting her box of wine.

Griffin began hitting the public eye with a role on NBC's Suddenly Susan and hasn't stopped since. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List earned her two Emmy Awards. The accolades continued with Grammy nominations for comedy albums and her autobiography topping the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Her outspoken support of the LGBT community has kept her in the hearts of many fans over the years. Windy City Times was excited to interview her again about her new projects.

Windy City Times: Hey, Kathy; great talking to you again.

Kathy Griffin: Great talking to you again, too.

WCT: What took you so long to do this project? You seem like a logical person to host a talk show.

KG: I'm just begging for my career to go in the crapper and saying, "Please, can't I go back to being a temp?" I was very happy making $140 a week.

So, actually, you are correct; it was sort of the natural progression. I have appeared on so many shows and, in fact, co-hosted everything from week two of Jimmy Kimmel Live to, of course, rather infamously, The View, The Talk, to the old '90s Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Then Bravo finally came to me with the idea that I host a talk show. But, believe it or not, a couple of years ago I told them I felt I had more "D-List" left in me and I was able to go to Iraq and perform there in a maximum security prison and do the type of things outside the studio I still had a burning desire to do.

So when I felt that had really run its course in a good way, I did four stand-up specials last year, and then we started to have a serious talk about a talk show.

WCT: I heard there are no celebrity guests on the show.

KG: Why would I? How could I possibly say the things to celebrities that America wants to say? And when I say America, I mean also Canada and maybe a few Secret Service Agents in Cartagena.

WCT: What current obsessions will you be talking about?

KG: There's so many. First of all there is, of course, everything from actual genuine news items, and I am very into The Celebrity Apprentice, although I do not concur with Donald Trump—who I believe is a birther now—but I do like the cast of that show.

I went to my mom's apartment last night because she only stays at my house until she finds me annoying, and then basically she kicks herself out. She would really like me to just have a panel of Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. So, unfortunately, I had to shoot that one down.

I'm loving everything from the fact that the Wilson Phillips gals have their own reality show to the fact that they performed at a Loehmann's days ago. I just want to say Loehmann's is a clothing store where people sell clothing for women. It's not typically a concert arena.

WCT: Is anything off limits?

KG: No, nothing is off limits and no person is off limits. And that's another reason I really kind of have to just surround myself with civilians. I know I'm kind of talking like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, but I do need civilians because I feel that, unlike celebrities, they can probably speak freely.

WCT: Were you inspired by other talk shows?

KG: Kids Say the Darndest Things, and Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader. No, to tell you the truth, I'm 51 years old, so truly my inspirations go back to even ... Jack Paar was before my time. Elements of Johnny Carson inspired me, [ but ] I'm not saying I'm Johnny Carson. But everything from when Joan Rivers took over and was outrageous, unlike anybody we'd seen on TV before, to the Mike Douglas Show.

And then, you know, all the shows that are currently on, I watched them. I love them. But I'm going to really have a lack of structure that'll be dazzling to you and will be a nightmare for the editing booth. I think it should have kind of a discussion feel, a chatty feel. More importantly, people should feel free to say whatever the fuck they want.

WCT: Will there be box wine?

KG: Yes. There's going to be box wine. My mother, who has become a rather famous international superstar, is trying to pull some typical diva BS where now she wants wine in a bottle. It's going to be a little McLaughlin Group, but with a drunken 91-year-old.

WCT: Have you banned anyone from the show yet?

KG: I have not banned myself but that's up to the network's discretion. I guess I could try to be cool and act like I banned some dead people—like, Napoleon's totally banned, Elvis not invited, Tupac Shakur or Biggie or a hologram of any of those people. So, no, I haven't banned anybody. I haven't banned a fucking throw pillow. I haven't even started yet.

WCT: Are you scared of anyone in Hollywood?

KG: No; that's the problem. I'm trying to think of people I should be afraid of. I just think that it is antithetical to all things comedy to be afraid of someone because I think that it's important that they're all fair game and that they're all on the table.

I mean, I guess I might be a little bit afraid of Lou Ferrigno because he did threaten to throw Lisa Lampanelli out a window on The Celebrity Apprentice. Okay, I admit it—I'm a little nervous around DMX when I watch him on Couples Therapy. But these aren't people that are really in my daily world.

WCT: I don't know if you noticed but you have a lot of gay fans.

KG: Thank God!

WCT: What do you have for that audience on the show?

KG: I have a little too much for them. Look, my struggle's going to be to get the straights. So this show is for women and gay men. It's for married men on the down low. It's for experimental men that have girlfriends that dress very well and have something to tell her but they can't find the right time. It's for guys who maybe just cheated on their girlfriends and now they need to make it up to her, so they will do fucking anything. It's for guys that fake it and act like they care about women's issues, but don't give a shit and they're trying to get laid. That's my demographic.

WCT: So you are expanding your fan base. What do you think of celebrities getting tattoos of their significant others, like Kelsey Grammer for example?

KG: Well, first of all, I'm fucked more than anybody. Because I don't know if you know this, but I have one tattoo on my whole body like an asshole and it's a fucking wedding ring and I'm divorced. So why you don't tell that to Kim Kardashian? She'll be thrilled.

So I got married. And I don't like to wear rings, so I got a ring tattooed on my finger. Now I'm divorced and I tried to get it lasered off five times and it won't come off. And so I think I'm just going to put a freaking cigarette on it one day and just bite a piece of cloth like I'm a Civil War victim.

WCT: You are heading to Illinois soon on tour, I heard.

KG: Well, let me just say that I will be rocking Joliet, which as you know is a very short drive from Chicago. And I will be in Joliet at the—Jesus Christ, I don't know the name of the theater. I'm going to say the Joliet Prison Performing Arts Center.

WCT: [ Laughs ] It's called the Rialto.

KG: Oh, yes. I'm going to be at the Rialto Square May 20 in beautiful, scenic Joliet, Ill. You might want to mention that in your article to give you the edge.

Visit www.rialtosquare.com for ticket information and www.bravotv.com for listings on the new talk show.


This article shared 4359 times since Wed Apr 25, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Few LGBTQ nods from the Emmys even as RuPaul makes TV history 2021-09-21
- Netflix's The Crown and Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso were among the big winners as the Television Academy presented its 2021 Emmy Awards on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles. While the Academy had drawn praise for the ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Genera+ion' axed, sports items, Wilson Cruz, k.d. lang, Lil Nas X 2021-09-19
- HBO Max did now renew Genera+ion, its OC-high-school-set dramedy, out.com noted. "We will not be moving forward with a second season of Genera+ion," a spokesperson for HBO Max said in a statement. "We are very proud ...


Gay News

Stephen Amell, 'Outlander' star to be at Wizard World Chicago 2021-09-17
- Stephen Amell, known to millions as the crime-fighting vigilante lead in the hit TV series Arrow, will return to Wizard World Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 16. Amell—who also starred in DC Universe vehicles such as DC's ...


Gay News

TELEVISION 'Drag Race,' 'Queer Eye,' 'Pose' among Creative Emmy winners 2021-09-13
- Three 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies took place Sept. 11-12—and Netflix's The Queen's Gambit led the way with nine wins going into next weekend's Primetime Emmys, Deadline reported. LGBTQ+ individuals and shows also scored se ...


Gay News

MUSIC Lil Nas X wins top award at MTV VMAs 2021-09-13
- The MTV VMA Awards took place Sept. 12—and an LGBTQ+ artist took home one of the night's top awards. Lil Nas X won Video of the Year for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," besting Cardi ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Boy Meets Boy,' Jennifer Hudson, 'SVU,' tennis honor, ABBA 2021-09-12
- Ariztical Entertainment is releasing the German movie Boy Meets Boy on DVD and VOD on Oct. 26. According to a press release, the plot of the 70-minute movie is as follows: "Harry has been partying for ...


Gay News

TV Rory O'Malley lands his second gay cartoon role with 'Chicago Party Aunt' 2021-09-11
- Inspired by a popular Twitter account, Netflix's latest adult cartoon, Chicago Party Aunt, takes the Windy City to a whole new level. Superstore star and Second City alumna Lauren Ash plays the titular character, Diane Dunbrowski. ...


Gay News

Constand breaks silence about Bill Cosby 2021-09-07
- Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand is breaking her silence to NBC News about the comic/actor's release from prison two months ago, Deadline noted. In a brief clip, Constand tells Kate Snow she "was really shocked — ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Idol' alums, Zendaya, Gaga, 'Queer As Folk,' women rappers 2021-09-05
- American Idol alum David Archuleta said that God urged him to come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, NBC News noted. The Nashville resident told Today.com he wasn't sure if the community would embrace ...


Gay News

Hacks, I May Destroy You, Pose rule LGBTQ Critics' Dorian TV Awards 2021-08-30
--From a press release - AUGUST 29, 2021—HOLLYWOOD, CA—Venerable actress Jean Smart; Saturday Night Live wit Bowen Yang; rising satirist Ziwe; Pose co-creator Steven Canals; teen heartthrob Michael Cimino, of Hulu's Love, Victor; and revered ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Billy Porter, 'Death Drop,' Brandi Carlile, vintage films, Gaga 2021-08-29
- Billy Porter will direct a queer teen comedy feature titled To Be Real for Amazon Studios, which is being helmed by Gabrielle Union's I'll Have Another Productions, NME.com noted. Porter, who is currently working on his ...


Gay News

EVENTS Celebrity attendees named for Wizard World Chicago 2021-08-28
- William Shatner (Star Trek; TV's Boston Legal), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, TV's The Walking Dead), Matthew Lewis (All Creatures Great and Small), James Marsters (TV series Buffy the ...


Gay News

TV Netflix animated series 'Chicago Party Aunt' debuts Sept. 17 2021-08-27
- The LGBTQ-inclusive series Chicago Party Aunt will debut on Netflix on Friday, Sept. 17. Inspired by the popular Twitter account Chicago Party Aunt, this eight-episode adult animated comedy follows Diane Dunbrowski and nephew Daniel as they ...


Gay News

TV 'Dancing with the Stars' to feature first same-sex partnership 2021-08-27
- ABC's Dancing With the Stars will be breaking new ground in the upcoming 30th season—with its first same-sex partnership. According to Deadline, on Aug. 26, host Tyra Banks and executive producer Andrew Llinares revealed that the ...


Gay News

SPORTS Red Stars teaming with Univision for Sept. 25 game 2021-08-23
- The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and Univision Chicago—part of Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language media and content company in the country—announced a first-time ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.