Bad news for Oprah, good news for the rest of us: Kathy Griffin is just as funny as ever. Tonight Bravo will air her record-breaking 16th stand-up comedy special, Calm Down Gurrl. In the new special, Griffin brings her signature shock-and-dish style to everything from the Justins (Timberlake and Bieber) to Amanda Bynes and Jodi Arias. “[My fans] don’t expect to hear some pensive, thoughtful bit about me raising my kids and what I’ve learned as a mother having teenagers,” Griffin said with a laugh. “They know I don’t like children! I want to figure out where Amanda [Bynes] gets her wigs.”
Griffin may not be able to crack the wig mystery, but even without that intel her new special is sure to delight fans wondering what exactly goes down at Jane Fonda’s birthday party. Griffin spoke with EW last week about women in stand up and drawing the line about who makes the act. She even looked back on some of her biggest moments and backlashes (Paging the Tea Party!). Read on for an edited Q&A.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations, first of all, on your record 16 stand-up specials.
KATHY GRIFFIN: I was so excited to learn from somebody that I had broken a record because I was doing [another interview] and we were talking about females in stand up and [they were] wondering ‘Is there sexism?’ and I was like, ‘F*** yes. What are you f***ing thinking?’ If I hear one more female stand-up comedian say, ‘Oh no, everything is equal now, we’re all good!’ usually the people who say that have 20 million dollar development deals or something. READ FULL STORY