I love Kathy Griffin. She makes me laugh until I cry. I saw her at the Fox last night. Her shtick is mockery at its finest, mockery of the rich and officious and inflated. Plus, she strikes me as genuine. And after seeing her in person, I believe she is genuine. She really did get off track and say "Oh - so, what was I talking about?" (She also said, "Mormons are weird. It's true, we all know. They're as weird as Masons." Let's not forget who has Mormon MASONS in his family. Gary. So I laughed heartily at that.)
Oh, and my hearty laughter may have been caught on the DVD she was filming, or on My Life on the D-List, since that crew was there too.
Now, a fair number of the Heartless Cows (specifically, Friends #2 and #3) do not like Kathy Griffin. "She's mean," they complain. These people think Kathy Griffin is mean. Evidently their complaint is that Kathy Griffin is mean to people they don't know.
I must admit, there were a number of spots during last night's show when she made me pause. For example, now that we know Britney is bi-polar, Britney's antics really aren't funny. For example, Kathy joked about how Britney should be able to hold her water and not visit three bathrooms in one hour. "Oh, poor Britney," my colon, Colin, sympathized, "It isn't her water she's having trouble holding. She's got too much serotonin running through her system. That'll amp up your bowels."
But luckily Kathy let up on Britney soon after and she started mocking Oprah, who is highly mockable "And is it just me," Kathy said, "But isn't Oprah as fat as she's ever been? And it's like she doesn't realize it. And who's going to tell her?" I started to raise my hand and say, "Oprah has a thyroid condition. Didn't you hear? It was in Star Magazine."
"Jeez," I thought, "Kathy doesn't give sick people a pass," just as she started on the Oprah inviting the Osmonds to appear.
"Oh," she said, "Did you know the oldest Osmond has MS?"
"This will be good," I thought, "Because MS, now that's some funny shit."
But she only went on to make fun of Oprah and the Osmonds for making this guy keep working with the MS. Not terrifically funny, but a truly missed opportunity.
(Probably the best part of the act was when she laughed at herself and her new boyfriend, The Woz, and the geeks on message boards who are cautioning her not to break the heart of the Woz. As a geek, I found that particularly funny, and I will until they find that geekism is on specific chromosomes. (Like chromosomes 2, 4, 8 or16. Hahahahaha! Geeks just laughed at that.))
At any rate, I prefer Kathy when she's mocking the healthy, that's all I'm saying.