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 loved hearing Kathy Griffin tell her life story in this informal and chatty audiobook. After a few chapters, I couldn't put it down (in the figurative sense, of course) and listened to the whole thing while cleaning my house. It was just what I needed!
This was funny. I think I would have liked this book better if I had more previous knowledge of Kathy Griffin. I have seen her on talk shows and have always thought she was funny. I wasn't aware that she has had several TV shows of her own.
one of my faves by a comic
Kathy Griffin was perfectly expressive reading her own book. She didn't seen to need an audience's reaction to bring magic to her words. In fact, she was so personable in tone that I felt I'd just had a nice visit with the author herself. I loved the mix of funny scenarios and serious subject matter. A very satisfying listen.
It was like we were conversing. I can't imagine anyone else reading her memoir. Her voice was full of spunk and charm--and down-to-earth. She shared her perspective and key points of her life in this book. Hearing her voice made it feel even more like I'd been invited into her thoughts.
This audio book ranks among my favorites.
I bought the book in hardcover and while I love Kathy Griffin, I found myself just skimming it. It's so hard for me to sit down and get through a book without 100 interruptions and I felt something was missing. WHAT? Kathy herself telling the story in her own voice and own style. That is EXACTLY what this audio book adds. When you take the printed page and have Kathy read it to you herself, it's as if you are sitting on a couch with her having a chat while she tells you the story of her life. I had a hard time pausing it to do other things and listened to the entire book in two days. She dives into very personal material, shows there is darkness in her past and comes off as a real person. They say most comedians have pain in their past, I have found this to be true and it certainly is with Kathy, not that there are not many fun uplifting stories also.
It simply made me FINALLY enjoy this book I so wanted to get through but couldn't holding it in my hand. If you want to learn more about Kathy Griffin, get the audio book, not the print version... the audio is SO much better.
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Great book very light hearted and funny you can always depend on Kathy Griffin to bring a laugh
I loved hearing how she became the gossip thast she is by relaying her parents business to the neighbors and the neighbors business to her family.
As always Kathy herself
Laugh, of course
love it! very easy read
It's funny but also informative. She really tells you the story of her life leading up to being a star.
You learn how hard Kathy Griffin has worked to get where she is.
She really reads it with energy and enthusiasm. She really entertains you.
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I really enjoyed the fact that Kathy narrated the book. It was very entertaining and it gave a lot of insight to Kathy's personality & why she is the way she is.
Bossypants comes to mind but their tones are different. Tina Fey is witty in an innocent and playful tone while Kathy just lays it all out there.
Yes, its just you and Kathy and its great. I really hope she reads Tip It or better yet allows her mother to!
Kathy's honesty about her plastic surgery experiences. She's not afraid to tell you
I enjoyed this audiobook and I look forward to more from Kathy. I think she has an honest voice and a lot to say.
Kathy shares her real life, funny or not. If you know anything about her family there are some bones in the closets, that she bravely shares. Good "read" for die-hard Kathy fans, and standard fans. Pick it up. ;-)
Although I wouldn't really call this book "the most hilarious thing ever," I would say that it was witty, perhaps nostalgic, somewhat sad, and very comical. Kathy is a very funny person, and this transcends to her writing. BUT PLEASE REMEMBER, if you just want a cheap laugh, this is not it. It's a personal MEMOIR, and not everything can be funny. Some is sad, some nostalgic, and some really funny. If you are looking for a cheap laugh and not the full ride, don't buy it. If you LOVE/LIKE K.G, then please buy it. You will love it! I did.
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