Kathy Griffin has new Broadway show, Sarah Palin jokes expected
Kathy Griffin is set to make her Broadway debut in March to star in a stand-up comedy show called "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony," which she says may feature jokes about Sarah and Bristol Palin, troubled actress Lindsay Lohan and teen pop star Justin Bieber.
The 50-year-old comedienne, who is known for her often risque humor, made the announcement on her website on Thursday, February 10, months after her Bravo reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," ended after six seasons. The series earned her two Emmys. The Tony Awards do not have a stand-up comedy category.
"The show will change every show because who knows what celebrity run-in I'm going to have," Griffin told OnTheRedCarpet.com about her Broadway show's title. "Who knows what Justin Bieber's going to be up to tomorrow or, you know, the Palins, or Lindsay (Lohan) - I'll be following that like I'm on Court TV. The revolving door of celebrity pop culture is always feeding me and giving me new material, thank goodness."
Griffin has long made fun of Sarah Palin, a Republican former governor of Alaska who later starred in her own reality show, and her daughter, Bristol Palin, whose teenage pregnancy was a sensitive issue during her mother's 2008 vice presidential campaign and who appeared last year on the ABC series "Dancing With the Stars."
Lohan, a 24-year-old actress known for the movie "Mean Girls" who has battled drug and alcohol abuse, has made headlines over the past few months for jail and rehab stints, handed down following probation violations over a 2007 drunk driving case. She also recently pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Los Angeles jewelry store.
Griffin plans to give eight "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony" performances, which will run between March 11 and March 19 at the Belasco Theatre in New York.
"Every night will be fresh material due to the revolving door of pop culture, political and celebrity missteps," Griffin said in a statement posted on her website. "I won't be able to hold back. If you are in the market for an evening of laughter, swearing and negativity, you've found the right show!"
Griffin is also known for her role on the comedy series "Suddenly Susan" with Brook Shields, which ran on NBC between 1996 and 2000.
Tickets for "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony" are currently on sale at telecharge.com and their prices range from $61.50 to $121.50.
Griffin has performed eight comedy specials for Bravo, including "Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It" and "Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt." The cable network is developing four new stand-up comedy specials for her. They are set to air later this year.
"You gotta know when to fold them," Griffin told OnTheRedCarpet.com about the end of her reality show run. "But I'm doing four specials this year. That's a lot of comedy."