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For Your Consideration

Kathy Griffin

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A pivotal part of 2008's fourth season of My Life on the D List finds Kathy Griffin crafting a comedy CD designed to snag her a Grammy...hence the title of her debut For Your Consideration reading like a trade ad. Like many things involving Kathy, the promotion for this CD was not subtle, as episodes were devoted to its creation and release, but more interestingly, clips of her standup act were threaded throughout the fourth season as a way of emphasizing that before she was a celeb (and let's face it, she's at least on the C-list now), she was a comedian, and a damn good one, too. Her gifts were evident on the series of live specials that separated seasons of the D-List on Bravo, but having the standup integrated into the show and then having it available as an album shifts attention to Kathy's standup strengths.

Griffin's greatest gift as a comedian is her ability to seem spontaneous. None of her routines feel written, they seem to leap out of her head the second they occur to her, a notion My Life on the D List supports as it's nothing but Kathy riffing on the moment. Curiously, having so much of the standup worked into the fourth season — along with seeing behind-the-scenes footage of her working on set lists — undercuts the suspicion that her stage show is spontaneous as we see the craft that goes into it...which winds up making For Your Consideration seem stronger, as it's humor that only feels improvised when it's really been meticulously constructed.

Of course, none of this craft would matter if Griffin's material wasn't very, very funny, which it certainly is here. Many of the bits were aired on the TV show and anybody who saw Griffin live during the early months of 2008 should find these stories familiar: how Britney has gone bonkers, how Kathy was re-banned from the View because she happened to let it slip that Barbara Walters prefers Astro-Glide, her relationship with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, a lengthy digression on the Osmonds fueled by Marie's appearance on Dancing with the Stars, several segments on Oprah, all capped off with a fantastic story about meeting Steven Spielberg backstage at a Seinfeld concert. Like such Bravo specials as Allegedly, Kathy Griffin Is...Not Nicole Kidman, and Everybody Can Suck It, For Your Consideration is a snapshot of Kathy's take of a fleeting moment in pop culture history, but the brilliant thing about Griffin is that once that moment has passed, her routines are still funny because of her seamless writing and frenzied conversational delivery. And if that's not deserving of a Grammy, then maybe the award shouldn't be handed out in 2009.

Customer Reviews

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Kathy Griffin is FINALLY available on itunes again! Since Bravo was taken off of itunes i have missed her stand up specials and im so excited that shes back on itunes. You have to buy this CD. Get this to the #1 downloaded album on itunes!

Finally a CD from Kathy!!!

I couldn't wait for this to come out! Kathy Griffin is seriously one of America's most over-looked comedians. She tells it like it is, and never backs down from anybody. If you havent seen her show, "My Life on The D-List" or her Bravo stand-up specials, what are ya waiting for????? Experience Kathy Griffin!

Kathy Griffin at her FINEST!

Cmon, its kathy! has she ever let any of us down??? This CD is great, esp the oprah parody...she is dead on. I laughed till i cried when i listened to this. Just buy it, you wont be sorry....

Biography

Born: November 4, 1960 in Oak Park, IL

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The acerbic, razor-tongued, take-no-prisoners comedian Kathy Griffin has built a career for herself — as an actress and a standup performer — around the schtick of being permanently under-respected by everyone (as the title of her TV series, My Life on the D List, suggests), and fighting back with her claws extended. Griffin is notorious for mercilessly skewering and taking potshots at worthy targets (particularly fellow celebrities and comedians) through her comedy, and has built a considerable...
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