Z-List reviewer Judge Neal Masri gazes with green-eyed envy upon Kathy Griffin's lofty D-List perch.
Climbing the Hollywood ladder…One letter at a time.
Kathy Griffin has been kicking around Hollywood for some time now with IMDb credits going all the way back to 1994. However, she hasn't been able to crack the A-List to become a certifiable celebrity. This is her story.
Facts of the Case
Kathy Griffin is a stand up comic and a self-described D-List celebrity. How does one define D-List? Here's a perfect encapsulation of that D-List status. Kathy frequently appears on talk shows, but she's never in the TV Guide listings for that show. You may be asking yourself why. It's because she is only ever invited as a fill in at the last moment if a 'real' celebrity cancels. This reality show follows the trials and tribulations of someone nipping at the heels of Hollywood enough to make a living, but not enough to stop hustling.
This two DVD set contains the six episodes of Season 1 listed below along with their original air dates:
Out & About 8/3/05
I think it would be fair to say that Kathy Griffin is obsessed with celebrity. From the title of her show to the subject of nearly all of her stand up comedy, brushes with celebrity and attempts to gain the same for herself are the center of this show. In as much as any celeb-reality show is 'reality' and not just lifestyle porn, this show appears to be a frank look at Kathy's life. (Though the staples of most celeb reality shows are here including overly pampered pets and the trials and tribulations of decorating a really cool house).
Another reality show standby that D-List adheres to is the inclusion of a few quirky personalities who get a great deal of camera time. Kathy's elderly, hard drinking parents are the standouts here. They seem oblivious to the camera following them around and seem to delight in annoying their daughter. Now that's reality. Who can't relate to that? Other folks with plenty of camera time are Kathy's 'gays', her assistant and her husband Matt (who I understand is now out of the picture).
Plenty of celebrities bounce in and out of these shows. One of the funniest aspects of the show is the variation of reactions she gets from these celebs. Episode 2 focuses on the much-anticipated appearance of Ray Romano at Kathy's house. There was an amusing build up to his arrival and his 15-minute stay appeared to be somewhat painful for him. Among the famous folks who appear at the party is the ubiquitous Andy Dick. Would someone please tell me why this tool is famous and when he will go away?
I thought the standout episode was the one documenting Kathy's hosting gig on the Grammy red carpet for the E! network. The panic is palpable, as it appears she may be late for the gig. It was funny, engaging, and even a bit suspenseful. Through it all, Kathy keeps her sense of humor and her snarky attitude towards A-List celebrities. This show is good fun for anyone who follows pop culture and the ridiculous antics of Hollywood stars.
The only bonus feature a full length stand up performance by Kathy titled Kathy Griffin is…not Nicole Kidman. The show is quite funny and certainly worth a look. Be warned though, if celebrity gossip and inside stories are not something you find interesting, stay far away. Also, about 15 minutes of the act is devoted to Clay Aiken. Come on now, can't Kathy find someone better than that to pillory for a quarter of her act? Clay is not exactly A-List material.
Video and audio are on par in comparison with other reality shows. Video presentation is solid for a show filmed on video. The Dolby 2.0 soundtrack is serviceable without much use of the surrounds or low end.
File this one under "it could have been a lot worse." This show seems much closer to reality than many reality shows. I was expecting to loathe both Kathy and this show. I was pleasantly surprised to find her an ingratiating personality and rather funny comedian. With so much fawning and fluffy celebrity coverage these days, it's fun to see someone not afraid to speak truth to fabulousness.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
If you can get your own reality show and live in a pad as nice as Kathy's, I think most folks would volunteer for the D-List anytime. Kathy sometimes portrays her status as a bit too much of a cross to bear. I think that if this show goes on a few more seasons, she'll have to upgrade herself to the C-List at some point.
Think of Kathy as a walking, talking, much funnier version of TMZ.com. If that's your cup of tea, then you'll probably get a kick out both Kathy's stand up and her show.
Not guilty by reason of unexpected funniness.
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Scales of Justice
• Kathy Griffin is... not Nicole Kidman
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