Kathy Griffin

Kathleen Mary Griffin (born November 4, 1960) is an American comedian and actress who has starred in television comedy specials and has released comedy albums. In 2007 and 2008, Griffin won Primetime Emmy Awards for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. She has also appeared in supporting roles in films.

Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin 2015 TCA Press Tour (cropped).jpg
Griffin at the 2015 TCA Press Tour
Birth nameKathleen Mary Griffin
Born (1960-11-04) November 4, 1960 (age 62)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • television
Years active1980–present
Matt Moline
(m. 2001; div. 2006)

Randy Bick
(m. 2020)
Websitewww.kathygriffin.com Edit this at Wikidata

Griffin was born in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1978, she moved to Los Angeles, where she studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and became a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings. In the 1990s, Griffin began performing as a stand-up comedian and appeared as a guest star on television shows, including the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (1996–2000).

The Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005–2010) became a ratings hit for the network and earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Program. Griffin has released six comedy albums, all of which received Grammy Award nominations. Her first album For Your Consideration (2008) made her the first female comedian to debut at the top of the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. In 2009, she released her autobiography Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. After being nominated for six years in a row for the Grammy for Best Comedy Album, she won the award in 2014.

Griffin has recorded numerous standup comedy specials for HBO and Bravo. For the latter network, she has recorded sixteen television specials, breaking the Guinness World record for the number of aired television specials on any network.[1][2] In 2011, she also became the first comedian to have four specials televised in a year.[3] Griffin is an LGBTQ activist who supports same-sex marriage and the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell". She has participated in two United Service Organizations (USO) tours. Griffin is known for her conversational style and statements about celebrities, religion and sexuality, including holding a mask stylized as Donald Trump's severed head in 2017, which provoked a United States Secret Service investigation and later became the basis of her concert film A Hell of a Story (2019).

Early lifeEdit

Kathleen Mary Griffin was born on November 4, 1960, in the Chicago suburb Oak Park, Illinois,[4] to Mary Margaret "Maggie" Griffin (née Corbally, 1920 – 2020) and John Patrick Griffin (1916 – 2007), both of whom were first-generation Irish-Americans.[5] Kathy Griffin has four older siblings; Kenny (died in the 2000s), Joyce (died 2017), Gary (died 2014), and John. Griffin described herself during her early years as "a kid who needed to talk, all the time".[5] Her brother Gary and her sister Joyce both died from cancer.[6]

She would often visit her neighbors to tell them stories about her family; she has referred to those visits as her first live shows where she learned "the power of juicy material".[5] After most of her siblings had moved, Griffin developed a binge eating disorder.[7] In her 2009 autobiography Official Book Club Selection, Griffin said she "still suffers [from food issues]" but has learned to "deal with them".[7]

Griffin's eldest brother Kenny was a drug addict and homeless at various times; she said she was "afraid of him until the moment he died" because of his violent, abusive nature. When Kathy was seven, Kenny—who was thirty—would climb into her bed and whisper into her ears; Kathy did not tell her parents until she was in her twenties, at which point he admitted his pedophilia to them.[8]

At elementary school, Griffin began to develop a dislike for organized religion because of the punishments she and other "vulnerable" students received from the nuns.[7] At her high school, she sought refuge in musical theater, playing roles such as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof.[9] During her senior year, she wanted to become a professional actor. Her first appearance on television was as an extra on a Chicago White Sox commercial, and she was signed with several Chicago talent agencies. At 18, Griffin persuaded her parents to move to Los Angeles to help her become famous.[9]

At 19, Griffin attended a performance by the improvisational group The Groundlings. She said, "I thought this is where I want to be. This is the greatest thing in the world."[10]


Stand-up comedy, television and filmEdit

Griffin performing stand up in Las Vegas in 2008

Griffin began performing in the early 1990s in the Los Angeles improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings.[11] She went on to perform standup comedy and became part of the alternative comedy scene in Los Angeles. With Janeane Garofalo, she created a standup act called "Hot Cup of Talk", which became the title of her 1998 solo HBO special.[12] Griffin earned a number of television and film credits during the 1990s. She appeared in Julie Brown's Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful, a Showtime parody of the 1991 Madonna film Truth or Dare. Griffin twice appeared as Susan Klein, a reporter on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; it was her television sitcom debut.[13]

On June 12, 2008, Griffin hosted the first Bravo! Canada A-List Awards, which included a parody of the "wardrobe malfunction" experienced by Janet Jackson in the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. She also hosted the 2009 Bravo A-List Awards, which aired on April 15, 2009, and her Bravo special Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch aired beforehand. Shout! Factory released an extended version of the show on DVD in early 2010.[14]

On September 8, 2009, Ballantine Books published Griffin's memoir, titled Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, which debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. A week prior, she released her second comedy album Suckin' It for the Holidays; it was her second bid to win a Grammy Award.[15][16] It was announced on November 3, 2009, that Griffin was to host ABC's new show Let's Dance, on which celebrity contestants would have re-enacted famous dance routines while competing for a $250,000 grand prize for their favorite charity.[17]

Griffin hosted CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast on December 31, 2009, along with Anderson Cooper. As Cooper talked about the Balloon boy hoax, Griffin said "fucking".[18] Although Griffin was rumored to have been banned from future CNN broadcasts,[19] she co-hosted the show with Cooper until 2017.[20] In 2017, CNN terminated Griffin from its New Year's Eve Broadcast after Griffin showed pictures of herself holding a bloody, model decapitated head resembling President Donald Trump.[21] Griffin has also guest-starred in a 2009 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing a lesbian activist.[22]

Since the 2008 presidential election, Griffin has made frequent jokes about Republican vice-presidential contender Sarah Palin and her family.[23] On US television program Glee, Griffin parodied Palin posing as a judge at a regional singing competition. Griffin also made fun of Christine O'Donnell in the show by stating, "Before we start, I would like to say I am not a witch".[24][25]

On January 7, 2012, it was announced that Griffin would host a weekly one-hour talk show on the channel Kathy, which would consist of standup routines, "rant about pop culture", and celebrity interviews.[26] On April 8, 2013, during a live standup performance in Cincinnati, Ohio, Griffin announced that her show would not be renewed for a third season. She later confirmed it on her Twitter account. According to FOX 411, Bravo was planning to film several comedy specials starring Griffin after the show ended.[27]

On June 13, 2014, it was announced that Griffin would host the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards.[28] For the first time in the event's four-decade history, the show bypassed a network television airing for a live online streaming media event.[29] The ceremony took place on June 22, 2014. Griffin's performance was well received by critics.[30]

Guest co-host of The ViewEdit

Kathy Griffin served as a co-host of The View from May 2007 to September 2007, replacing the recently departed Rosie O'Donnell.[31][32] According to Griffin she is banned from The View after talking about the show on her televised comedy special, Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell.[33] She declined to discuss the ban on Access Hollywood[34] As of August 2009, Griffin had been un-banned from The View and was a guest on September 18, 2009, and June 15, 2010. In an interview on The Talk, Griffin stated she has been re-banned from The View[35] due to an argument with its co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.[36]

Laugh Your Head Off World Tour 2017–2018Edit

In August 2017, Griffin announced a worldwide comedy tour. The title "Laugh Your Head Off" was a reference to her depiction of an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump's severed head. The tour visited major cities in Singapore, Australia, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and many more European, and Asian cities. Several shows sold out within minutes of going on sale, leading to Griffin adding several shows to the lineup.[37] She continued with a North America leg of the tour, commencing May 23, 2018, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and including both Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City.[38]


Various talk shows bansEdit

Griffin said she was banned from appearing on several television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The View.[39] She was re-banned from The View after making a joke about Barbara Walters. She says Ellen's producers told her they cannot have her "trashing celebrities"[40] but she appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 11, 2007.[41] Griffin made a joke during a 2005 E! televised event saying eleven-year-old actor Dakota Fanning had entered drug rehabilitation.[42]

Emmy Awards controversyEdit

Griffin, Michael McDonald and Karri Turner perform an improvisational skit for soldiers and airmen in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2006

The second season of My Life on the D-List, which premiered June 2006, earned Griffin the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, non-competition. She received it during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which was hosted by Carlos Mencia and aired on E! in September. Griffin said,

Now, a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn't help me a bit. If it was up to him, Cesar Millan would be up here with that damn dog. So all I can say is suck it, Jesus, this award is my God now![43]

Griffin later said she meant this remark as a satire of celebrities who thank Jesus for their awards, especially artists who are controversial in their speech and actions, rather than as a slight on Jesus.[44] The academy said her "offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night".[45] Griffin said she was fired from an appearance on Hannah Montana because of her Emmy acceptance speech.[46]

Ban from Apollo TheaterEdit

In a July 2009 episode of My Life on the D-List, Griffin used profanity in an Octomom joke during her routine at New York's Apollo Theater. Griffin said she received a letter banning her from the venue.[47]

Depiction of Donald TrumpEdit

On May 30, 2017, Griffin posted a video of herself holding "a mask styled to look like the severed, bloody head" of former U.S. President Donald Trump,[48] which was posted on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. She wrote: "I caption this 'there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his ... wherever'", referencing a comment Trump had made about Megyn Kelly. The video was from a session with photographer Tyler Shields, who is known for producing "shocking" imagery.[49][50] Griffin later took down the image and apologized for posting the image, saying she went too far and adding, "I beg for your forgiveness".[51][52]

On June 2, 2017, an attorney for Griffin, Lisa Bloom, stated, "Like many edgy works of artistic expression, the photo could be interpreted different ways. But Griffin never imagined that it could be misinterpreted as a threat of violence against Trump. That was never what she intended. She has never threatened or committed an act of violence against anyone."[53][54] Griffin said the Trump family was "trying to ruin my life forever".[55]

In May 2017, Griffin was dropped by Squatty Potty as a spokesperson.[56] CNN fired her from its New Year's Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper.[57] Cooper said, "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."[58] All of Griffin's remaining scheduled tour dates were canceled by their venues.[59] During an interview on Australian television in August 2017, Griffin talked about the photo, saying, "Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing".[60] In November 2017, she appeared on Skavlan, where she said, "I take that apology back by the way. I take it back big time". Griffin said she had received a lot of bad advice at the time.[61]

On October 28, 2017, Griffin uploaded a YouTube video titled "Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story", which is about the backlash she received for the Trump photo controversy.[62] It was the basis for her A Hell of a Story concert film. She said she was under a federal investigation by the Justice Department for two months and was on the No Fly List during that time. She also said she was put on the Interpol list, the Five Eyes list, and had been detained at every airport during her Laugh Your Head Off World Tour.[63][64]

On November 4, 2020 (her 60th birthday and the day after the 2020 United States presidential election), Griffin once again posted a photo of her posing with a model of Donald Trump's bloody, decapitated head.[65]

Twitter suspensionEdit

On November 6, 2022, Griffin was suspended from Twitter for impersonating Elon Musk. Griffin used his profile photo and changed her name on the service, tweeting under his name imploring people to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections and encouraging them to retweet and spread her post. She also posted that she, posing as Musk, had decided to vote blue to support women's rights. Musk tweeted the same day that anyone impersonating a public figure would be permanently suspended unless the account was clearly marked as parody.[66] On the next day, Griffin posted on her deceased mother's Twitter account, calling Musk an "asshole". She further challenged the site's policy that she had used her Twitter profile for impersonation.[67] Musk tweeted sardonically in reply to another tweet, "Actually she was suspended for impersonating a comedian."[68] On November 18, Elon Musk announced that her account has been reinstated due to new rules concerning "negative/hate tweets".[69]

Style of humorEdit

Griffin at the VH1 Divas Awards in 2009

Griffin developed her love of popular culture through her immediate and extended family, who were frequently commenting about the latest news. She said; "I may have been into The Brady Bunch like every other kid, but I also wanted to watch John Lennon and Yoko Ono on The Dick Cavett Show, and every minute of the Watergate hearings. It was fear of the dinner table that got me hooked."[70] She has also named her mother Maggie as influential in her consumption of pop culture, calling her "the ideal audience for the Hollywood dish". Griffin named the character Rhoda Morgenstern of 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show as an influence.[71]

Griffin established her career with candid observations of everyday life and her dating experiences, later focusing on mocking celebrities; her act currently consists of embellished stories involving celebrities. Griffin hopes people understand that no malice is intended by her humor. "I'm genuinely a fan of most of the people I trash in the act", she said; "I really, really try and focus on making fun of people for their behavior. I'm not so into making fun of someone for the way they look, or something that's out of their control."[72]

Griffin is sometimes the object of her own humor, particularly with regard to her D-list status. She portrays herself as a Hollywood outsider and has a group of close celebrity friends such as Rosie O'Donnell, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld, Gloria Estefan, and Lance Bass. Her longtime friendship with Bass was the catalyst for a feud between Griffin and gossip blogger Perez Hilton.[73][74]

In 2007, Griffin commented on her aversion to making fun of celebrity friends; "There's nothing I won't do, but on the other hand I'm full of shit because that changes".[75] Griffin and Hilton ended their feud after the death of Griffin's father, and Hilton appeared on an episode of Griffin's show in 2007.[74]

LGBT rights and political advocacyEdit

Griffin arriving at the rally to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.)

Griffin is a supporter for LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage.[76][77] She has protested with fellow proponents in West Hollywood, California,[78] and included the footage from protests on her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Her mother is also a supporter of LGBT rights and is seen on the same show protesting alongside her daughter. Prior to the Proposition 8 ballot results, Griffin volunteered for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's "Vote for Equality" campaign, going door-to-door asking Los Angeles residents for their opinion of LGBT marriage rights.[79]

In March 2010, Griffin helped organize a rally in Washington, D.C., to advocate the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell". She stated she organized the rally after meeting with several closeted gay people serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Griffin held meetings with several Members of Congress to encourage its repeal; she also organized a rally in Freedom Plaza.[80][81]

Griffin caused controversy when she confronted Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann over her views on homosexuality at the 2010 Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner; according to Griffin, she asked Bachmann "were you born a bigot or did you grow into it", a reference to Bachmann's belief homosexuality is strictly environmental.[82] Griffin said Bachmann replied, "That's a good question, I'll have to think about that". Bachmann's office confirmed the exchange but said Griffin confronted Bachmann after Bachmann approached Griffin to compliment her appearance.[83][84]

Griffin is a long-time supporter of the Aid for AIDS annual fundraiser Best in Drag Show in Los Angeles, and hosted the opening of the show for more than five years.[85] In November 2009, Aid For AIDS presented Kathy Griffin with an AFA Angel Award at their silver anniversary celebration.[85][86]

Griffin is a long-time critic of Sarah Palin and has made fun of Palin's daughter, Bristol Palin, using the Palin family as material for her comedy routines.[87] In March 2011, Sarah Palin responded to Griffin by calling her a "bully".[88] In her reality television show, Griffin visited the Palin family home in Wasilla, Alaska, and invited Palin to attend her stand-up show in Anchorage, Alaska.[89] Griffin has also poked fun at Willow Palin as a result of Palin's Facebook statements on homosexuality.[90]

In 2020, Griffin hosted the Str8Up Gay Porn Awards.[91]

Personal lifeEdit

Griffin is an atheist. Speaking to Sacramento's Outword Magazine, Griffin said: " ...I think I'm getting more atheist because of the way the country is getting more into bible-thumping".[92] She also describes herself as a "non-believer".[93] In her book Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, Griffin said that while in high school, she fell away from the Roman Catholic Church. She considered becoming a Unitarian but was not sure what that would involve. On March 9, 2008, Kathy Griffin became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church.[94]

In a 2006 interview, Griffin said she does not drink alcohol.[95]

Griffin is an opponent of LASIK eye surgery, having had a series of operations that left her partially blind in one eye with a visible eyeball deformity.[96]

Griffin's only sister, Joyce Patricia Griffin, died in September 2017, from an undisclosed form of cancer.[97] Kathy had shaved her head in solidarity with her in late July.[97] Her brother Gary died of esophageal cancer in 2014.[97] Her estranged eldest brother, Kenny, died in October 2001 in their mother's arms.[98]

Her father, John Patrick Griffin, died of heart failure on February 17, 2007; he was 91 years old.[99] The episode related to his death was aired on June 19, 2007. Her mother, Maggie Griffin, who was featured in her reality show, died on March 17, 2020.[99][100] In a post on her social media accounts, Griffin stated, "I am gutted. My best friend. I am shaking. I won't ever be prepared. I'm so grateful you guys got to be part of her life. You knew her. You loved her. She knew it. Oh, and OF COURSE she went on St. Patrick's Day."[101]

She placed 17th on Oxygen's 2007 list of "The 50 Funniest Women Alive". In 2009, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.[102]

In August 2021, Griffin announced that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer, despite not being a smoker, and needed to have half of her left lung removed.[103] She underwent surgery the same month.[104]

In April 2023, Griffin revealed she was diagnosed with an "extreme case" of PTSD.[105]

Marriage and relationshipsEdit

Kathy Griffin with her then-boyfriend Steve Wozniak in April 2008
Griffin and Jim Weiskopf of the Fisher House Foundation during her visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in April 2008

Griffin married computer administrator Matt Moline in 2001, after being introduced by Moline's sister, television producer Rebecca Moline.[106] They divorced in May 2006.[107] On Larry King Live, Griffin accused Moline of stealing $72,000 from her; Matt Moline did not respond to the allegation publicly but stated he was saddened by it.[108][109]

In July 2007, rumors that Griffin was dating Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak circulated.[110] Griffin and Wozniak attended the 2007 Emmy Awards together.[111] On Tom Green's House Tonight on February 6, 2008, Griffin confirmed her relationship with Wozniak. Wozniak and Griffin served as King and Queen of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley Fur Ball on April 5, 2008, in Santa Clara, California.[112] In June 2008, it was confirmed that Griffin and Wozniak were no longer dating.[113]

On August 9, 2009, Griffin attended the Teen Choice Awards with Levi Johnston[114] and subsequently interviewed him on Larry King Live. In the interview, Griffin and Johnston joked that they were in a serious relationship.[115]

On March 7, 2011, while appearing on The Howard Stern Show, Griffin announced she was romantically involved with actor and former NFL practice-squad player Isaiah Mustafa. Mustafa later stated he was single.[116]

In the same interview, she stated the previous July, she had ended a four-year relationship with a man she did not identify but said he is "a regular guy with a regular job", and that it was a "messy breakup".[117] It was later revealed the man is Griffin's tour manager, who had appeared on several seasons of My Life on the D List.[118]

From 2012 until November 2018, Griffin was in a relationship with marketing executive Randy Bick. They reconciled in April 2019.[119] She resided in the Hollywood Hills from 2004 to 2016.[120] She has resided in Bel Air since.[120] Griffin married Bick at her home on January 1, 2020, in a ceremony officiated by comedian Lily Tomlin.[121]



Year Film Role Notes
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Alien Extra Uncredited
Fade to Black Grauman's Chinese Theater Extra
1985 Streets of Fire Concertgoer
1991 The Unborn Connie
1992 Shakes the Clown Lucy
Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful Taffy
1994 Pulp Fiction Hit-and-run witness
It's Pat Herself Cameo
1995 Big News TV film
Four Rooms Betty
The Barefoot Executive Mary TV film
1996 The Cable Guy Mother
1997 The Big Fall Sally
Who's the Caboose? Katty
Trojan War Cashier
Courting Courtney Ona Miller
1999 Can't Stop Dancing Modeling agent
Dill Scallion Tina
Muppets from Space Female armed guard
Jackie's Back Herself TV film
2000 Lion of Oz Caroline Voice role
The Intern Cornelia Crisp
Enemies of Laughter Cindy
A Diva's Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Past TV film
E Nurse "The Real Slim Shady", music video collection
2001 On Edge Karen Katz
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Herself
2003 Beethoven's 5th Evie Kling
2005 Dirty Love Madame Pelly
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Rhoga Voice role, direct-to–video
Her Minor Thing Maggie
Love Wrecked Belinda
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Spaghetti Wrestling She-Elvis Uncredited cameo
2007 Judy Toll: The Funniest Woman You've Never Heard of Herself Documentary
In Search of Puppy Love
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Vera Voice role
Shrek Forever After Taran
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Herself Documentary
2011 The Muppets Scene removed from theatrical release
Hall Pass
2015 Being Canadian Herself Documentary
2019 Kathy Griffin: A Hell Of A Story Herself Documentary
2021 Hysterical Herself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1989–1991 On the Television Various Episode: "Beauty and the Beast"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990 Susan Klein Episode: "Not With My Pig, You Don't"
1993 Civil Wars Yvonne Episode: "Watt, Me Worry?"
Dream On Dawn Episode: "The French Conception"
1995 ER Dolores Minky Episode: "Motherhood"
Dweebs Sheila Episode: "The Birthday Party Show"
1995 Mad About You Brenda Episode: "New Year's Eve"
1996 Ellen Peggy Episode: "Oh, Sweet Rapture"
Partners Michelle Episode: "Can We Keep Her, Dad?"
Caroline in the City DMV clerk Episode: "Caroline and the Movie"
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Herself Episode: "Koppleman and Katz"
Saturday Night Special 2 episodes
1995–1996 Ned and Stacey Jeanne Episode: "Loganberry's Run" and "Accountus Interruptus"
1997 Oddville, MTV Episode: August 13, 1997
The Wonderful World of Disney Mary Episode: "The New Barefoot Executive"
1996–1998 Seinfeld Sally Weaver Episode: "The Cartoon" and "The Doll"
1997–1998 Premium Blend Herself Hostess
1999 Rock & Roll Jeopardy! Celebrity edition
2000 The X-Files Betty Templeton/Lulu Pfeiffer Episode: "Fight Club"
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself Episode: "The Pants Tent"
1999–2000 Dilbert Alice Voice role (uncredited)
1996–2000 Suddenly Susan Vicki Groener Main role; 93 episodes
2001 The Simpsons Francine Episode: "Bye Bye Nerdie"
Strong Medicine Matchmaker Episode: "Silent Epidemic"
Weakest Link Herself Episode: "Comedians Special"
Kathy's So-Called Reality Hostess
2002 The Drew Carey Show Kathy Episode: "The Eagle Has Landed"
The Anna Nicole Show Herself Christmas special
2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Luis Agent Autumn Summerfield Episode: "The Unnatural" (voice role)
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Roxanne Gaines Episode: "Mind Game: Part 1" and "Part 2" (Voice role)
Crank Yankers Marion Simons Episode: "Jim Florentine & Kathy Griffin" (voice role)
sSegment: Marion gets an Estimate
The Mole Herself Season 3 winner
2002–2003 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 4 episodes (5–02, 5–15, 5–19, 5–29)
2002 National Lampoon's Funny Money Episode 1 (guest comedian)
2003 Average Joe Host, Season 1
2004 Stripperella The Bridesmaid Episode: "The Bridesmaid" and "Evil Things Come in Small Packages" (voice role)
Half & Half Dr. Morgan Episode: "The Big Labor of Love Episode"
Celebrity Poker Showdown Herself Two episodes, third tournament
2001–2004 Hollywood Squares 86 episodes
2005 Cheap Seats Rae Episode: "1995 SuperDogs! Superjocks!"
Days of Our Lives Limo driver
All-Star Reality Reunion Herself Hostess
2006 Gameshow Marathon Herself "Match Game"
2007 Ugly Betty Fashion TV anchor Episode: "In or Out"
Loose Women Herself
2008 Rosie Live Impersonated Nancy Grace
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan Season 4, episode 24
2009 Privileged Olivia Episode: "All About a Brand New You"
Paris Hilton's My New BFF Herself Episode: "Must Have Thick Skin" (special guest)
2008–2010 Larry King Live Six episodes
2009 The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Roast Master
The Celebrity Apprentice 2 Special guest
2005–2010 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 47 episodes
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Babs Duffy Episode: "P.C."
RuPaul's Drag Race Guest judge Season 2, Episode 1: "Gone With The Windows"
The Marriage Ref Episode: "Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin, and Nathan Lane"
Last Comic Standing Performer Season 7 finale
Shep & Tiffany Watch TV: The Best of 2010 Executive producer
2011 Glee Tammy Jean Albertson Season 2, episode 16: "Original Song"
Same Name Herself Season 1, episode 2[122]
Drop Dead Diva Jenna Kaswell-Bailey Episode: "He Said, She Said"
America's Next Top Model Guest Judge Season 17, episode 7[123]
2012 American Dad! Kelly Wilk Season 7, episode 16: "The Kidney Stays in the Picture"[124]
Voice role
Whitney Lindsay Episode: "Codependence Day"
The Rosie Show Herself
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Herself Season 2, episode 6: "Star Studded Supper"
2012–2013 Kathy Host Talk show[26]
2013 Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual Herself Episode: "No Voice, No Choice"
2014 Kirstie Herself Episode: "The Girl Next Door"
2014 Big Brother 16 Herself Episode 25
2015 Fashion Police Host Talk show[125]
RuPaul's Drag Race Guest judge Season 7, episode 1: "Born Naked"

Season 7, episode 5: "The DESPY Awards"

Big Brother 17 Herself Episode 5
2016 Lopez Herself Episode: "George Doubles Down"
2018 Make America Great-a-Thon: A President Show Special and A President Show Documentary: The Fall of Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway TV special
2019 Crank Yankers Herself (voice) Episode: ”Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin & Jeff Ross”
You Herself Episode: "Farewell, My Bunny"
2022 Search Party Liquorice Montague Recurring


Year Film Role Notes
1980s In Search of the Missing Numbers Negative Number Educational mathematics video
1980s Math Rock Countdown Member of the trio The Products Educational mathematics video

Stand-up specialsEdit


On June 10, 2008, Griffin released a comedy CD titled For Your Consideration.[132] The disc was recorded at the ETK Theatre at the Grand Theatre Center For The Arts in Tracy, California on February 17, 2008.[133] Griffin stated she decided to release the CD to try to win a Grammy award.[133]

On August 25, 2009, Griffin released a second comedy album, Suckin' It for the Holidays, in another bid for a Grammy.[134]

Griffin received her third Grammy nomination for Kathy Griffin: Does the Bible Belt in 2010,.[135]

On May 4, 2012, the full length version of "I'll Say It", the theme song of her show Kathy, was released to iTunes as a single.[136] On August 20, 2012, Griffin released a seven-track EP containing dance remixes of "I'll Say It".[137]


  • Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. Ballantine Books. 2009. ISBN 978-0345518569.
  • Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index. Flatiron Books. 2016. ISBN 978-1250115638.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Primetime Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards source:[138]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program Nominated
2007 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program Won
2008 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program Won
2008 Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Nominated
2009 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program Nominated
2009 Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut A Bitch Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Nominated
2010 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program Nominated
2011 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program Nominated
2012 Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Nominated

Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards source:[139]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 For Your Consideration Best Comedy Album Nominated
2009[140] Suckin' It for the Holidays Nominated
2010[141] Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt Nominated
2011 Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant Nominated
2012 Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class Nominated
2013 Calm Down Gurrl Won

GLAAD Media Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009[142] Kathy Griffin Vanguard Award Won

PGA Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Television Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television Nominated
2009 Nominated
2010 Nominated

Gracie Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Outstanding Female Lead – Comedy Series Won



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  • Griffin, Kathy (2010). Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin (paperback ed.). Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-51856-9.

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