Kathy Griffin has offended so many people in Hollywood that she tells me, “you may be my best friend,” at the end of our 20-minute phone conversation.
“No one’s off the hook, not my mom, not my boyfriend, not my family. And that’s why I don’t have any friends,” she adds with a laugh.
A master of snark and storytelling, stepping on celebrities’ Louboutin-clad toes is Griffin’s specialty. Her new book “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index” does just that, chronicling the good, the bad and the ugly interactions she’s had with celebrities from Woody Allen to Demi Lovato. Her library of irreverent stories is also the inspiration behind her “Celebrity Run-Ins” tour, which comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Event Center 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. But don’t think that means she’ll recite the same old tales on stage that exist in her book.
“I love playing the Borgata Event Center. I’ve done it many times, but I swear on my life this is going to be all new material,” Griffin says. “I don’t care if you’ve seen me six years ago or six months ago. Trust me, I’ve got two hours of new stuff, and there’s so much crazy going on I can barely keep up.”
Griffin, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and an avid LGBT rights activist, has had a lot of new material to process recently, thanks to a never-ending onslaught of news courtesy of some hasty executive orders.
“I’m obviously not going to do a whole political show, but there’s just so much going on that everyone’s aware of,” Griffin says. “When I was in San Francisco, I actually marched in the Women’s March in the rain at 5 o’clock and then I did a show at 8 o’clock. I said, all right, I gotta flip the switch from concerned citizen to inappropriate comedian, and it was so easy.
“People really like to go see a show where they can blow off steam, so I have made the executive decision to be more heinous than I have ever been. I’ve been talking to a lot of other comics and we’re all struggling with the same thing. The world is so topsy-turvy and so crazy, how do you then attack two hours of comedy by acknowledging the things that are frightening and also working in what’s funny about them.”
While she assures that her Borgata act will have something for everybody, she also gives fair warning: “If you’re wearing a MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat right now and if you think Donald Trump is an amazing president, you should probably just send your wife to the show, and you can just stay at the tables.”
Besides Trump, Griffin has prepped an arsenal of hilarious stories starring the princes and princesses of Hollywood. Stories of Christina Aguilera dressed up like Santa Claus, Alec Baldwin telling her she’s “not just the funniest woman out there, but also sexy,” and the always-controversial Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — who are, much to her delight, Griffin’s new neighbors.
“My act moved in next door,” she exclaims.
Griffin’s watchful eyes and sharp tongue are certainly a reminder to celebrities to be on their best behavior around her, or risk winding up in her act. But fortunately for Griffin, the vast majority of celebs can’t seem to help themselves, ensuring her fresh material for years to come.
“What celebrities don’t get,” Griffin explains, “is that I can be the biggest fan in the world, but I’m still going to make fun of you if you do something crazy.”