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Kathy Griffin: Allegedly

Anchor Bay // 2004 // 86 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // January 4th, 2005

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All Rise...

Compared to Kathy Griffin, Judge Brett Cullum chatters with the pacing of continental drift.

The Charge

When Demi Moore was asked how she stays in such freakishly great shape, she said "…from running after three kids." Oh yeah, most women lose weight after having children! Okay, I don't have any documentation, so Chris Matthews shouldn't ask me this on Hardball or anything, but I'm pretty sure Demi Moore stays thin by drinking Red Bull and smoking cigarettes.

-- Kathy Griffin, from the insert of this DVD

The Case

Kathy Griffin is a self-described "D-List Diva," which means she's the kind of star that comes running when Hollywood Squares calls. She was once a hot television sitcom co-star on the Brooke Shields's show Suddenly Susan, but now seems to enjoy slumming her way through hosting cable channel specials and doing what she is best at—live comedy. Her brand of stand-up is different from her peers because she goes after celebrities. Good for her! If there's one group of people I am sick of listening to whine and pout about their "problems" it's the over-pampered overrated Hollywood and Music-biz types. My God! I know way too much about these uneducated hacks who just look pretty in front of a camera, and I'm ready for someone to take these bitches down. Thank you Kathy! You go girl.

Kathy Griffin—Allegedly is an hour and a half of the comedienne's live routine, shot in front of an appreciative audience. She recounts her stint as host of the red carpet show for the VH-1 Fashion Awards, where she ran into snobby stars like Gwynneth Paltrow and Beyonce. Kathy also talks about her time on Eminem's set for "The Real Slim Shady" video, a USO tour of Afghanistan, Brooke Shields' wedding, and an on-air fight with an acerbic Barbara Walters on The View. The show is totally uncensored and full-length, so it goes on for a long time and has tons of curse words strewn throughout. You probably won't be seeing this routine on Bravo anytime soon. She's a storyteller, and her routine reminds me of having lunch with a girlfriend who just can't keep a secret to save her life. She's way too excited to tell you about EVERYTHING, and often goes off on wild tangents and digressions just to get out a pretty straightforward tale. I've heard her say she never gives the same performance twice, and I can believe it, watching her spin yarns in front of the audience barely breathing before the next segment. It's dizzy good fun.

The DVD from Anchor Bay is fine for what it is. You get the show shot in full frame and a pretty fine stereo sound mix. No problems with either, but in the same breath they aren't anything special. It looks and sounds like an HBO comedy special. There isn't much in the way of extras, except for some home video footage of Kathy's trip to the Middle East to visit Army bases. That runs about ten minutes, and it's not as funny as the show. Nice touch, but nothing I was dying to see. I'm always torn by comedy routines on DVD, because how many times can you sit down and watch it with it still being funny? I remember as a kid memorizing Eddie Murphy's Raw, but Kathy is just imparting gossip that couldn't work around the water cooler if you tried to imitate her. She's one of a kind, but once you've heard the story that's about it. Wisely, the price point is pretty low on this (less than a comedy album!).

Fans of the comic will eat this up, but I can't see it being a casual blind buy for people who feel just middle-of-the-road about her. The routine is bloated to an extent (it goes on and on), and Griffin is better when she's aggressively edited (although I loved being able to hear the foul language that was mostly excised from Bravo's The D List). The performance is giddy and fun, and I thought it was as funny as anything else she's put out. I appreciate Kathy because she doesn't do the same jokes over and over like a certain Korean comic (cough! Margaret Cho), and she tells us what we want to hear (basically that celebrities really are pretty stupid and petty). Griffin is someone I want to go out and have margaritas with sometime. How many comics can you say that about? I wouldn't want to have someone like Carrot Top at my table anytime soon; however, if I saw Kathy I would call her over and buy her a drink. She'd tell me about running into Anna Nicole Smith and Macy Gray and how retarded they act. Allegedly retarded, that is! There's no documentation that PERHAPS Anna Nicole MIGHT be on something, right? We need more Kathy Griffins in the world. We take celebrities way too seriously! She deserves a Purple Heart for ripping Gwynneth Paltrow a new one.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 85

Perp Profile

Studio: Anchor Bay
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 86 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Comedy
• Performance

Distinguishing Marks

• Kathy's Home Movies of Her USO Tour

Accomplices

• None








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