Kathy Griffin Uncensored

Griffin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, the youngest of five, and when, after high school, her parents retired to California, she moved with them and tried to break into acting. In the late 80's she joined the L.A. improv troupe the Groundlings. While most comedians stick around for a year or two, Griffin hung on for eight years. "I have a problem with staying too long at the party," she jokes. "Eventually, I was in there with Lisa Kudrow, and she said to me, 'Your funnier as yourself then when you do characters.'" Griffin decided to try stand-up.

"I did an amateur night at the Comedy Store, and this weird thing happened. It's gamblers first luck that the first set I ever did, I killed. Then I thought, OK, I'm a stand-up comedian. Then I went back to clubs and bombed for years."

But even when she was bombing in clubs, her stand-up helped her solidify her comedic persona-as "the annoying girl who says things she's not supposed to," which led to TV work, like the recurring character of Sally Weaver on Seinfeld and Vicki Groener on Suddenly Susan, both loud-mouthed characters not too different from Griffin herself. (more here)

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