Kathy Griffin (1960)

New Year with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN

Ok, each year we all just wait for Kathy to embarrass Anderson Cooper

Well this year, Kathy kissed Anderson crotch, she said later its was for all the girls and gays.

It doesn’t matter what vulgar things Kathy Griffin does on CNN’s live New Year’s Eve broadcasts, and yet the folks at the most trusted name in news continue to invite her back.On New Year night’s program, after first telling co-host Anderson Cooper “I’m going to tickle your sack,” she shortly after midnight actually kissed his crotch. An obviously nervous Cooper responded, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I have no sack of gifts here.” When Cooper continued to try and clean it up by again referring to a sack of Christmas presents, Griffin asked, “You’re calling your privates your Christmas presents?” Can’t wait untill next..


Kathleen Mary Kathy Griffin (born November 4, 1960)(1) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, television personality, New York Times best-selling author and an LGBT rights advocate. Griffin first gained recognition for appearances on two episodes of Seinfeld, and then for her supporting role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. She was the star of the Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, for which she won two Emmy Awards as executive producer. She has also worked as a voice artist and red carpet commentator, in addition to several other career pursuits. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. In her bid to win a Tony Award, she made her Broadway debut in Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony in March 2011.

As a young girl Griffin attended St. Bernadine’s Elementary School, and began to develop a dislike for organized religion due to the punishments of the nuns towards her and other vulnerable students. After graduation, she attended Oak Park River Forest High School and sought refuge in musical theatre, playing roles such as Rosemary on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. During her senior year she began arguing with her parents, who wanted her to attend college, because she wanted to become a professional actress. Her first appearance on television was as an extra on a Chicago White Sox commercial and was signed with different Chicago talent agencies. At age eighteen, Griffin convinced her parents to move to Los Angeles to help her become famous.

Griffin began performing in the early 1980s in the Los Angeles improv comedy troupe The Groundlings. In an E! True Hollywood Story segment, she stated that she often went to see the Groundlings perform before she joined. She said that, at one show, she went backstage and talked with Groundling member Phil Hartman and asked him what the group was all about. Struggling to make it in the Los Angeles acting scene, she joined the troupe after a failed audition for the lead role in the film version of Harriet the Spy. This led to her taking classes there and eventually being asked into the Main Company. When she attended The Groundlings, she became best friends with the late Judy Toll, who is mentioned in Griffin’s book.

After starring in an HBO Half Hour Comedy Special, Griffin had her first consistent public exposure in 1996, when she was cast as the acerbic colleague of Brooke Shields title character on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. In 1998, Griffin starred in her first one-hour special, HBO’s Kathy Griffin: A Hot Cup of Talk. She honed a comedy and television career that poked fun at her relatively modest place in the Hollywood hierarchy in a self-deprecating manner. She frequently appears in such self-consciously tacky projects as the reality show competition Celebrity Mole Hawaii, in which she won the 2003 edition after undergoing such experiences as walking over hot lava with her bare feet. She identifies her victory as the moment she became a D-list celebrity.

Griffin developed her love for popular culture through her immediate and extended family, who were always commenting about the latest news. She explained that 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. 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 has also named the character of Rhoda Morgenstern of 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show as an influence, saying, (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) gave me the first inking of what place I could have in the entertainment world.  But when Rhoda burst through the door in her Gypsy headscarf, billowy caftan, and hilariously abrasive delivery, I was like, Who is that? Oh my God! That’s when I fell in love with wanting to be the sidekick. Everything out of her mouth was hysterical, yet she was vulnerable and human. I remember my family fell in love with her, too. That’s who I wanted to be. She had all the jokes.

Griffin is an outspoken supporter for LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage. She has protested with fellow proponents in West Hollywood, California, and showcased the footage of such protests on her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Her mother Maggie Griffin is also a supporter of LGBT rights and is seen in Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 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.

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