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
I Think Therefore You Are.
Kathy does a brilliant job at narrating her own book. It feels like we're just talking. Even though I kinda knew the stories from interviews and from her stand up specials and all, there was something about her tone (as always) which kept me hooked. Totally worth a listen, and I will probably give it a second listen when I'm feeling a bit down and looking for a normal person's take on life.
I feared this book would just be a silly retelling of celebrity gossip - but sometimes a lighthearted audiobook is what I'm looking for, so I got it anyway.
The very personal stories from her actual life blew me away. Was not expecting that.
I liked Kathy Griffin before. I think I might actually love her now!
p.s. andy dick story ....f-ing PERFECT.
p.p.s. not giving it 5 stars because (((and i know this is tiresome to hear)) Tina Fey's similar book was just so much better. But, Tina's book is better than EVERY book in its category, so i realize this is an unfair comparison :)
Who knew this woman had such a past? I really enjoyed it, I feel closer to my gay loving crazy fantastic woman.
This was such a fun listen. I love Kathy Griffin's humor and this was full of it. I also really appreciated the personal stories of vulnerability. I just wanted to gobble it up! I need another one, Kathy!!
I can't imagine reading a book like this, you simply must hear it straight from the source.
I love Kathy Griffin! This book gets into some serious material, so it's not all laughs and giggles. But her life story is pretty interesting and I must say I am impressed with her work ethic.There are some pretty hilarious stories in here, especially her account of an Andy Dick performance at a college, I nearly fell over with laughter.
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