Kathy Griffin talks Caitlyn Jenner, the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, and eating in a stranger’s house ahead of multiple Virginia dates
Kathy Griffin is easily one of the most recognizable faces in modern comedy. Her fast whit, faster voice, and ability to rub elbows with Hollywood’s best and brightest are only magnified by her bright red locks.
As a red head myself, I was excited to talk to the 54-year-old queen of laughs and ask her tons of questions, but before I could even properly introduce myself, she hopped right into the biggest story of the week – Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover shoot.
“It’s all about Cait… should we be calling her Cait or Caity?” joked Griffin. “I feel we are destined to be besties… I think Caity and I are going to get along just fine.”
Griffin said she’s hoping for an interview at the Kardashian’s mansion in Malibu. She called herself a ‘long time fan of the show,’ but noted “those fuckers finally gave us something to keep up with… after these years of watching them go shopping and get their lips plumped, I would watch Caitlyn read the phonebook.”
Griffin, who’s been known to comment on a dress or two on any number of award show red carpets, talked about some of the specific looks Jenner was wearing in the Vanity Fair shoot.
“I’m a gal that enjoys a vintage look with a modern twist, and of course Vanity Fair did it right,” said Griffin. “But I thought it was genius to put her in an intentionally vintage look because she is, in fact, the modern twist.”
Griffin said she also loved the off-the-shoulder dress, but knowing Jenner’s love of model airplane drones and off roading, she jokingly asked if one of the Vanity Fair photogs asked Caitlyn to change before she went out for some sport.
“I do hope that someone over there at Vanity Fair, pulling gowns, said ‘I don’t mean to be insensitive to the trans, but Caitlyn, when you go out four-wheeling… don’t wear this dress, it’s very expensive.”
But jokes aside, Griffin has a history of LGBTQ activism that anyone could be proud of. She’s volunteered with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, protested against issues like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, (pictured below) and won the 2009 GLADD Vanguard Media Award.
“It is so essential to keep in mind that there are so many other trans people (out there), this community is a coat of many colors, but I think Caitlyn is obviously making history, in the best of ways.”
Griffin said she spent some time visiting homeless shelters with trans kids with a lot less means than Jenner.
“In places all over America, there are real people working at the Waffle House, in the middle of transitioning, or thinking about it,” she said. “It’s gonna be great that [Caitlyn's] opening her life up.”
LGBTQ issues aren’t the only fight the comedian has a stake in, she recently came on as a spokesperson for the AARP, talking about how her life has changed for the better since hitting an older age.
“As a 54-year-old standup comedian, I love how it’s really a slap in the face against ageism as well,” she said. “Cher is the face of Marc Jacobs, and Caitlyn looks so beautiful and broke the internet at 65… it’s equally important.”
Check out Griffin’s new video with the AARP below:
Before long, I managed to steer the fast-talking comedian to the reason we were brought together in the first place: her massive 80-show tour with three dates within a few hours of RVA - Jun 18th in Roanoke (VA), Jun 19th in Charlottesville (VA), and Jun 20th in D.C..
She was pumped on the idea that she might be in Washington when the Supreme Court releases their decision on same-sex marraige.
“Being in the game this long, this is one of the movements that is joyfully inevitable,” said the long-time LGBTQ supporter – but it didn’t take long for her to comment on those who wish to spoil the moment.
“You’re always gonna get your extreme right wingers, but don’t you love how they’re against gay marriage till their kid comes out… or like (the Josh Duggar’s situation) That is like a comedian’s dream… there’s nothing funny about incest, but there’s a lot funny about people being full of shit and capitalizing as holy rollers,” said Griffin.
And then back to the tour – Griffin, who was just given Guinness Book of World Records honor for most standup specials, named the tour “Like a Boss” because she wrote all new material for the tour all on her own, something she said other comedians don’t usually do.
“I didn’t realize till recently that most stand up comedians don’t write their own material… but I write all my own material and I change it every time… its always changing, I always have new stuff to talk about,” she said before listing a number of recent events which provide fodder for her stand up.
She detailed a trip to a Bette Midler concert where she met Barbra Streisand, or a party at Glee’s Chris Colfer’s house where they were screening Mommy Dearest in the back yard. Or, most recently, when she caught Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet at the Hollywood Bowl where she got a basket of eggs from Gaga herself.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 1, 2015
“She grew them in Malibu from her chickens,” Griffin said. “And last night I had a Gaga omelet… it was good, dammit. I had my much younger boyfriend make it for me.”
Griffin is already well on her way through the South for the “Like a Boss” tour, and while she seems to be less excited about some of the open expressions of faith, she’s more than excited about the food.
“When I play shows in the south, I’m looking for the real deal,” She said reminiscing about a trip to a bar-b-q joint in Mississippi that was particularly incredible.
“I had some delicious food, but, and I’m just being honest, I think I just ate in somebody’s house,” she joked. “Whether it’s officially permitted by the city or not I don’t know and I didn’t ask.”
The show will NOT be family friendly (Griffin said “don’t bring your damn kids”) but it should be a great time.
Annie Leibovitz shoots the first portraits of Caitlyn, which were taken in her Malibu home.June 1, 2015
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