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posted Friday, October 21, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 42
Suck It and Tip It! Kathy Griffin is Back!
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Suck It and Tip It! Kathy Griffin is Back!

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

Kathy Griffin
Paramount Theatre
November 4 & 5


Suck it and tip it, Seattle she's back! Kathy Griffin, whose red hair is as fire-hot as the humor as she hurls, returns to Seattle stinging celebrities, politicians, and society itself. Known for her mile-a-minute attacks on the likes of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann or the absurd antics of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, no one is safe as Ms. Griffin gets ready for her fourth return to Seattle, and the Gay peeps who await her.

Eric Andrews-Katz: Ms. Griffin, let me start off by saying thank you for taking the time to do this interview with Seattle Gay News.

Kathy Griffin: I want to say that I'm very excited to be back in Seattle at the Paramount. Seattle Gays are a breed unto themselves. Seattle has Politically Active Gays, Sports Gays, Theater Gays & all kinds. I love Seattle; it's a very smart town.

Andrews-Katz: Who were your biggest influences while growing up?

Griffin: You know, it's funny when I hear older comics say that women aren't funny. I loved Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. There are also the television comedic styles of Mary Tyler Moore and Phyllis. I never wanted to be Mary; I wanted to be Rhoda and Phyllis. Today it carries on to shows like 30 Rock. I like comedians who are on the edge, Sandra Bernhard and Sarah Silverman, comedians in particular who do the unexpected. When I perform at venues like the Paramount, I don't know what I'm going to say. I have an open mind and a closed, bitter, charcoal heart.

Andrews-Katz: What would you say is the largest obstacle standing in the way for national passage of marriage equality?

Griffin: It's similar to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It's going to take people time. It's coming! I know the White House isn't moving as quickly as we'd like, but I'm encouraged by what is happening with DADT. It takes the military a long time to make a change and enforce it, but if you can change the hearts of the military, then the general public isn't far behind. I asked Senator Al Franken, 'What can I do to get my LGBT friends more motivated?' He sent me to a video of the Focus on the Family guy [James Dobson]. I want all of my friends to know exactly who is out there, and what they are doing by going head-to-head with hatemongers. I think the more people you have standing up to these guys, the more the average person watching will be enlightened. Al Franken shows the average person how absurd DOMA is. Education will be the repeal of DOMA. Take the ignorant - that doesn't necessarily mean stupid - and educate them a little bit, and I think they will move.

Andrews-Katz: Is there any subject considered 'off limits' or 'going too far' when it comes to your humor?

Griffin: No! I just don't think I could do my job well if I put those limitations on what I say. When I'm up there on stage with live shows, I feel that it's kind of time to goof off, and fuck around. That's why I call [members of the audience] my 'Unshockable Gays.' Nothing I'm going to say on stage is anything they haven't heard before, and it's not going to shock them. I'm always trying out new material and I think that everything has to be on the table.

Andrews-Katz: If you weren't doing comedy what other professions would you choose?

Griffin: My beloved, 91-year-old mother Maggie is a Gay activist. When my mom went to the Prop 8 rally, she had the best time with a sign that said: 'Gay marriage, I'll drink to that!' She still hopes one day I'll give up showbiz and become a dental hygienist or a 'stew,' which is short for stewardess. She refuses to say 'flight attendant.'

Andrews-Katz: If you could invite 3 people - living or dead - to dinner, who would it be and why?

Griffin: That's hard because a lot of these people I've met and chatted with already, like Liza Minnelli or Bette Midler (she's a dream). I'll go with Oprah, Ryan Seacrest, and Jesus. Oprah because she has kind of a Messiah complex already, and Ryan would talk to Jesus to see who has more money. It would turn into an episode of the Kardashians or an Oprah Lifeclass.

Andrews-Katz: You've said you don't apologize, but have you ever privately regretted a comment you've made in public?

Griffin: Totally. Countless times. I've said things that were stupid, or inaccurate, sometimes going too far and offending groups, but that's what I do. Comedy is the last faction where you should be unapologetic. My job is to make people laugh, not to be politically correct, and that's what I find the most satisfying. When I see people in the audience laugh and put their hands over their mouths, I know I've done my job. This'll be my fourth time at the Paramount with new and different material. We're in this together and I'm not censoring myself.

Andrews-Katz: You seem to have a love/hate relationship with your mother. What is the most embarrassing thing she's ever done to you in public?

Griffin: That's easy: She made me get a picture with her and Bill O'Reilly. It was shame-based. When I was on Glee (playing a Michele Bachmann type) I heard that Bill O'Reilly was making a set visit - his kids love Glee. My mom was visiting me on the set, so there was this horrible moment when I thought to myself, 'How much do I love Maggie?' It's a sign of how much I love her that I did take the picture with her and Bill. Now I'm paid up. Whatever torture I gave her growing up, anything I've ever said that bothered her; now we're good!

Andrews-Katz: You've said you are 'a Gay man with boobs.' What do you mean by that?

Griffin: I mean that I am a Gay man trapped in a woman's body. You would not believe the extent I go to see heterosexual men! I'm cursed with being a heterosexual woman in Los Angeles; it's not easy! I'm basically the heterosexual version of Grindr. My vagina is an app. 'Where are you? Can you be at my place in 13 seconds?'

Andrews-Katz: Does your current show have a theme at all?

Griffin: No, because I don't know what I'll be talking about. I just left Las Vegas and Michelle Bachman was there. I imagine her among all these strippers, or at the All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet. Or her husband trying to 'pray the Gay away' in Vegas! You never know what will happen between now and when I appear at the Paramount. There will be the popular themes, but who knows if Whitney Houston will get upset at someone at an airport. You never know when some politician is going to say something outrageous. I'm watching everybody, politicians, celebrities, anyone waiting to be confronted. You never know what things I can say.

Kathy Griffin was born November 4 in Oak Park, Ill. She came to national attention during her co-starring role on the NBC Brooke Shields comedy, Suddenly Susan. Her television and film credits are a long list of accomplishments as well as 15 comedy specials between 1996 and 2011. Her reality show My Life on the D-List has earned seven Emmy Award nominations, winning two. Ms. Griffin is a constant advocate for marriage equality.

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