February 23, 2009
I haven't been to Madison Square Garden to see a show since watching Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus when I was ten.
still WaMu Theater...for now.
Kathy Griffin had an Iraqi war veteran talk about one of her pet causes, America's Vet Dogs before the show started. The dog even stood up and wagged its tail when the audience applauded.
Ms. Griffin sounded a little hoarse at the start of the show...this was the last night of her 3 day tour stop in NY. She was as funny and vulgar as I expected her to be, poking fun at celebrities (including herself, her mom and her tour manager Tom) as she gave us the dirt on stars like Miley Cyrus, Clay Aiken, Tracy Morgan, Anderson Cooper, Jonas Brothers, even the OctoMom and of course, Cher. She regaled us with behind-the-scenes Emmy and Grammy awards shenanigans, even Rosie O'Donnell's ill-fated variety show. I realized why I like her humor: she knows how ridiculous stardom is and yet acknowledges how we all obsess about it to some degree. She gets as star-struck as we would probably get, makes blunders in her celebrity encounters and in her official appearances. She seems real. She'd start a story and would get side-tracked by other celeb stories, asking the audience what she was talking about in the first place. I can't wait for the new season of My Life on the D-List to start! Too bad we didn't know if there was some sort of stagedoor/meet n greet after the show. I would have loved to have gotten her autograph or photo.
Only problem with the huge venue (sold-out by the way) was we'd miss some of her jokes because we'd still be laughing over the last thing she said. Unlike a smaller, intimate comedy club where you're less likely to miss the funny.
So if you want to have a fun-filled evening surrounded by fashionably dressed, good-looking, albeit homosexual men, come to Ms. Griffin's shows. You'll have a gay old time.