wo-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, four-time Grammy nominee, Broadway darling, 2009's GLAAD Vanguard recipient, and 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders.
CAPA presents Kathy Griffin at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Saturday, April 6, at 8pm. Tickets are $29-$68 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
After moving to California from her native Chicago and joining the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisational troupe, Kathy began building her resume with guest roles on such series as "ER" and "Seinfeld." In 1996, Kathy's dream of playing a sidekick on a sitcom came true when she landed the role of Vickie Groener, Brook Shields' sharp tongued colleague on the NBC show "Suddenly Susan."
After her various TV guest spots, Kathy began gaining notice as a stand-up comedienne and landed her own "HBO Half Hour Comedy Special." In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour special, "A Hot Cup of Talk." She participated in and won "Celebrity Mole" on ABC, and then hosted the NBC reality series "Average Joe" as well as the MTV series "Kathy's So-Called Reality." In 2010, Kathy took a dramatic turn on "Law and Order: SVU" where she riveted audiences with her portrayal of a lesbian activist with a secret.
In 2005, Kathy's reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," debuted on Bravo to rave reviews and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. The show's second season won Kathy her first Emmy in that same category. The third season premiered in 2007 and again won Kathy another Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. The fourth, fifth, and sixth (and final) seasons were also nominated.
In March 2011, Kathy brought her stand-up show to Broadway with "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony," and received rave reviews from outlets across the board including The New York Times and New York Post. She added two shows due to the amazing ticket sales, and did 10 shows in eight days at the famed Belasco Theater. She sold more than $1 million worth of tickets in less than a week, quite a feat for Broadway.
Kathy has performed many successful stand-up specials for Bravo including "Kathy Griffin....Is Not Nicole Kidman" (2005), "Strong Black Woman" (2006), "Kathy Griffin-Straight to Hell" (2008), and "Kathy Griffin; She'll Cut a Bitch" (2009). The two latter specials were both nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Kathy's second 2009 special, "Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steal," aired on Bravo to rave reviews. In 2011, Kathy delivered an incredible four stand-up specials-"Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant," "Kathy Griffin: Gurrl Down!," "Kathy Griffin: Pants Off," and "Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker."