Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the New Year with Anderson Cooper. But the legions of fans who pack Kathy's sold-out comedy shows have heard only part of her remarkable story. Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior - the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you've ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name.
Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy's life have taught her the most valuable lessons - both inside and outside the entertainment industry.
Refreshingly candid and full of hilarious "Did she really say that?" moments.
©2009 Kathy Griffin; (P)2009 Random House
This book was so funny that it literally made me belly laugh at certain points. If you follow Kathy you pretty much know most of this stuff already, but it's great to hear it from her in story form.
PS - Suck it jesus!
Kathy's storytelling is funny, charming, amusing, and very personal. It is like she is sitting next to you and the two of you are just chatting and laughing hysterically.
Kathy's personal recounting of her experiences with celebrities.
Yes, definitely! I stopped listening to podcasts so I could finish her audiobook quickly. Then I listened to it again.
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
Brilliantly funny from start to finish. She makes no apologies, but the section where she talks about her brother is mind blowing.
She might be harsh but is harshest when talking about herself. I love her honesty and how she is not afraid to call a spade a spade, in today's overly PC fake world.
Her vocalizations and infectious laugh.
When talking about her family and ex husband
Abridged books make me weep bitter tears of resentment
Yes. While her life is already an open book, this gives us some insight into her childhood and life.
Kathy has a lot of energy and does seem like a fun person. I do like dark humor, and I was able to figure out what she was saying most of the time. I don't follow Hollywood much, including not having cable for my TV or subscribing to People Magazine. I would look up celebrities from time to time to learn who she was talking about.
She went into her Mother's character for awhile, and I could relate to the economic advice that was given though mine was from a depression-era father. Good chuckles.
It does make a difference to hear her voice rather than just read the words. I'd watched one of her nightclub performances before listening to the book. The book was like attending a show at times.
This is a long book, and I planned to space it out when I got it, which is what I did.
I don't have the best memory in the world, but the early part of the book that tell of her acting lessons and her boyfriends, was amusing. Late in the book I got some laughs when Kathy described a comedian she was watching at a Florida college. She knew the school had made the wrong choice to entertain the students. She was an acquaintance of this guy. Her professional stories of shows, celebrities she's personally known, and others she's used for her act, are matched with stories of her personal family life. I wouldn't say the family stories were always for laughs. She had good parents who made efforts for their kids. It sounds like she's made some smart career decisions to not party too hard.
Really funny. Kathy is very entertaining and I love her dishing the dirt on everyone. She doesn't leave herself out of the dirt either.
You like me, you really like me (ala Sally Field in her Oscar acceptance speech.)
This book is lots of fun and honest, just like Kathy.
Im glad she narrated her own book....She makes me laugh out loud. Some things made me blush but was still a good listen!!
Yes. I have listened to it 3x in 2 weeks Kathy is so honest and brave I love her. I wish I could do what she does so fearlessly.
I loved how open and honest she was regarding her divorce and plastic surgery nightmare.
Can you handle it?
Kathy Griffin is quick, witty, and smart. I couldn't stop listening and I wish she would write more books... can't get enough of how crazy she is.
I found this book to be engaging and entertaining.
Tough Sh*T: Life advice from a Fat Lazy Slob who did Good. By Kevin Smith. Both books are narrated by the authors & are hilariously truthful.
I definitely laughed.
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