Sittin’ with Kathy Griffin

An actress, comedienne and reality show star shares her career story…

KB: Why do you perform at colleges so often?

KG: I love doing colleges. I pretty much do them every time I get called. At colleges, I can really say whatever I want.

KB: What are your upcoming projects, besides your stand-up?

KG: Well, I have a pilot for my own show on NBC. It will be for the upcoming fall.The problem with pilots is that it might not get picked up, but I’m excited about it.

KB: How did you get started in comedy?

KG: I started as an actress when I was 18-years-old, and didn’t really start with standup comedy until I was 30. I started in “The Groundlings,” where all those SNL comedians start.

I actually met up with Lisa Kudrow there, and she told me about another comedian who based her sets on life stories, and that person was Janeane Garofalo. Janeane and I got together and pretty much performed anywhere, but a comedy club, like coffee houses and anywhere else that would take us.

KB: What are your biggest accomplishments as a comedienne?

KG: Well, I got lucky with the half-hour “HBO Comedy Special,” and did some NBC guest spots. Then I landed the job on “Suddenly Susan” and then an hour HBO special. But I really have to thank God for stand-up, I always fall back on that.

KB: What is the weirdest job you ever had before you got into show business?

KG: I sold baby furniture full time. This was really ironic, because I hated kids. People would come in with their kids dripping snot, saying, and “Isn’t she precious?” It was horrible.

KB: Where do you live when you are not working?

KG: I live in L.A., in Hollywood Hills.

KB: Who have been your influences in comedy?

KG: I really have been influenced by the contemporary comedians of today, really great female comedians like Janeane Garofalo, Margaret Cho and Laura Kightlinger.

KB: What was Erik Von Detten like on “Celebrity Mole Hawaii?”

KG: Well, for the first few days, he was basically just high and drugged. Once I got into the coalition with him, he just kept saying to me, “You’re the mole, man, and you are just fucking with my head.” I would have to remind him daily that we were in a coalition and that I was not the mole.

KB: What are you going to do with the money you won from “Celebrity Mole: Hawaii?”

KG: Oh, I’m keeping the money, every penny.

KB: Do you really know Anna Nicole-Smith?

KG: Well, I kind of know her. She’s pretty fucked up. I have been to her home a few times and I would be safe to bet that she has no idea who I am.

KB: You have signature red hair – do you prefer it curly or straight?

KG: Well, I like it a lot straight, but I have no idea how to do my own hair, so I just wear it however anyone does it for me.