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Kathy Griffin

Comedian and Actor

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Kathy Griffin on her long climb to the top of comedy, developing her storytelling style, and standing out. 
Kathy Griffin is a comedian and actor famous for her Emmy award-winning reality show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List."   Now very much A-List, Griffin has performed many successful stand-up specials for Bravo and has produced several comedy albums. Her first comedy album, For Your Consideration, made Kathy the first female comedian to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. Since that 2008 release, every one of Griffin’s albums has been nominated for a Grammy, culminating in a 2013 win for Calm Down Gurrl. Her latest comedy CD, released in August 214, is titled Look at my Butt Crack.   In addition to her comedy work, Griffin has been an award-show host, a voice actor in animated series such as “The Simpsons,” and a frequent talk show guest. Plus in 2009, Griffin’s autobiography Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, topped the New York Times Bestsellers list. Up next, Kathy will replace the late Joan Rivers on E!’s Fashion Police. She’s also on a standup tour.

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