2015-08-13 / Front Page / Around Town

Comedy Diva Griffin Comes to Newport

By James Merolla


Newport Summer Comedy Series brings Kathy Griffin to town. Newport Summer Comedy Series brings Kathy Griffin to town. Very few are indifferent about comedian Kathy Griffin. She has earned two Emmys, a Grammy and continues her third decade of activism on many social issues. Griffin doesn’t just comment on societal woes and injustices; she fights to correct them.

You either love her, or not. My mother always said if you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.

That advice has never been used by Griffin herself on stage, however. The hard-working comic diva brings her adult, topical, scathing act to the Hyatt Regency for two shows on Aug. 21.

The polarizing comedian has toured more than a Bob Hope USO Show. Her “Like a Boss” tour stops in Newport this month, one of 80 cities she has played this year.

She has also done 23 TV specials, appeared in dozens of TV shows, entertained the troops on her own USO tour in Afghanistan, is penning her own comedy series script, writes all her own stuff, has written a book, and is looking for what she calls“ a juicy role in a feature film.”

In her book, she said, “I never have turned down a job.” And look where she is now.

Stop after stop keeps her moving. When she leaves Newport, she tours several other cities before capping off her grand tour with stops at the iconic Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in early November and Carnegie Hall in New York on Nov. 12.

However, in a lengthy interview with writer Kirsten Connolly of Options Magazine, a gay-lesbian-transgender periodical based in Rhode Island, “I promise that each of the 80 shows will be dangerous and different on each given night. Leave the damn kids at home. After an unprecedented 23 televised stand-up specials, I hope you get it by now. My material is up-to-the minute, brilliant, current – but mostly wrong, and all kinds of inappropriate.”

When pressed about what she will bring specifically to her routine on the Newport stage, Griffin told Options Magazine that she loves our accents, but wants fans to Tweet her @KathyGriffin or send her a Facebook message with dirt about Rhode Island that she can “sneak into my act.”

Since this state has been a running joke in politics, economics, ethics and other sundry subjects for many decades, that shouldn’t be too hard.

TO GO

WHAT: Newport Comedy Series
WHERE: Hyatt Regency, Goat Island
WHEN: Aug. 21, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
TICKETS: newportcomedy.com
INFO: 401-851-1234
Age restriction 16+

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