Kathy Griffin in the Austin American-Statesman/Kathy Griffin at the Long Center November 22

A page in the Guinness Book of World Records?! AND there’s a Texas connection! Kathy Griffin spent some time chatting recently with Dale Roe of the Austin American-Statesman. Here’s an excerpt.

Within the the first minute of my interview with Kathy Griffin, the outspoken comic, actress and reality star performing at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 22 had accused me of being a tea party Republican in the back pocket of major corporations. She called this paper the Austin Republican-Standard.

And she got all that from “Hi, Kathy.”

When I replay that I usually hear the media described as a liberal conspiracy, she asks if I have been talking to her 93-year-old alcoholic mother. “Because that is absolutely her theory, halfway through a box of Franzia,” Griffin says.

Okay, this was going to be tough.

“You (expletive)” is her reply when ask if she’s played Austin before. “I’m a living legend. An icon. I have two (expletive) Emmys, five Grammy nominations and lifetime achievement awards from a bunch of organizations.

“Yes! I love Austin,” she says.

I tell Griffin that the two of us — both raised in suburban Chicago, both having attended parochial grade schools and having similar struggles with that (“let me tell you about my experience: it didn’t stick,” she says) — could have been separated at birth, right up till the point when she became famous.

“I have often thought that,” she cracks.

It’s a good bet that Griffin’s outspoken sense of humor developed in her childhood. The youngest of five kids, she jokes that she was a young teen model before revealing that she actually “had freckles and got my ass kicked once a week by those blond girls — you know, the young Paltrows.”

Growing up watching “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Griffin wanted to act, but as a sidekick like Mary’s neighbor Rhoda, who got the best lines. That’s still the type of role Griffin enjoys most — the woman who gets to enter a scene, be very funny and then leave.

Read the entire article at Austin American-Statesman

Kathy Griffin is performing live Friday night, November 22nd at the Long Center. Tickets are still available!

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