Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

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Suck It, Jesus, Red-Faced Kathy Is Scaring Las Niñas!

Kathy E-mail Watch: Nothing yet. But no hate mail from the Bears either, so we'll call it a wash.

This week's stand-up opener is about Oprah, and how Kathy wants to steal her thunder by opening a "Kathy Griffin Leadership Academy For Girls" in Mexico. "Para las niñas," of course. And as luck would have it, that's what's happening on the show this week. Back at the house, Kathy tells Team Griffin that they're taking a working vacation in Mexico, where they're going to fix up a school library in three days and call it a Leadership Academy. So the punch line to the joke is a shoddy, half-assed school in Mexico? Ha...ha? Just for that, I'm going to note that this week features a truly unfortunate array of wigs on Mrs. Kathy. (And by the way, when I say "wig," bear in mind that I have no concrete knowledge of the state of Kathy's follicles, but she's made wig and fake-hair jokes before, and somethin' in there is synthetic, so that's the word I'm goin' with.) Anyway, Kathy's also planning on hitting Woz up for some know-how and some free computers. Of course Woz, like Steadman, is being kept in the dark.

The next day (or, you know, "next" day), Kathy has her friend Michael McDonald from MadTV over. I don't watch that show, but I will always have a teeny space in my heart for McDonald as the voice of Gandhi on Clone High. So Kathy explains the deal with the escuela while Jessica and Tiffany giggle and make cookies. McDonald plays the incredulous asshole, with the sarcastic clapping and the annoyed sighing, very much like the guy he played on Scrubs that one time.

So Kathy next decides to lay her idea out for someone who won't pretend to be so mean: her mom. Maggie's impressed, but also skeptical: "As far as Kathy becoming the red-headed Oprah," she interviews, "she's so far behind right now." Maggie then offers to contribute, instead of money, books. "Oh, lemme guess," says Kathy, "the Kitty Kelly Frank Sinatra biography..." Maggie thinks the girls could learn something from Frank. Maggie also offers a book she had on Hillary Clinton. "The Latinos like her!" Kathy interviews that maybe her mom isn't the best goodwill ambassador to Mexico. Maggie cautions Kathy to be careful that things don't turn out like they did for the real Oprah, with the corruption and all. Kathy: "Well, then I rename it 'The Maggie Griffin School for Girls'."

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