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Kathy Griffin's Kodak Moment

Kathy Griffin won an Emmy last year and rang in 2008 with Anderson Cooper in Times Square. Not a bad year. She just started taping the fourth season of her Bravo show, My Life on the D-List, and is performing for three nights at the Kodak. While on “Brit-watch” in her Beachwood Canyon home, Kathy found time to share some tidbits about what’s next.

Congratulations on your Emmy.

Can you believe that shit?

Where do you keep it?

It’s with me right now. I’m not above bringing it to dinner at a restaurant. It’s my own disbelief that I won. I have dreams that I lose it — then I wake up and have to feel its little gold head.

So — Britney?

I’m on Britney vigil. It’s like a return to old Hollywood. I’m hoping Britney checks into an old-time solarium with a beautiful hillside vista and somebody puts a blanket on her lap and brings her a therapy dog.

I can’t wait to read the books her sons will one day write.

I don’t think they’re going to be literate for a very long time.

You performed every Wednesday at the Laugh Factory for what seemed like years. Now you’re selling out 3,000-seat theaters and tickets top out at $60. Are you worth it?

I know it’s appalling — but I’m three times as funny and three times hotter. I guess my Laugh Factory days are over. I just can’t resist a venue as lovely as the Kodak. I’ll never win an Oscar. I’ll never win American Idol — but they can’t keep me off the Oscar stage. I’ll be up there among the ghosts of Clay Aiken. And I think that’s where Val Kilmer did his Moses musical.

I heard you’ll perform wherever they meet your quote.

Yes, I did some guy’s Halloween party. There wasn’t even a stage. I just stood in the living room and about four people could hear me.

You and Anderson Cooper seemed to really hit it off on New Year’s Eve on CNN. He seems like he would smell nice.

He does! He smells like heaven on a stick. He’s smart and dreamy and he’s wonderful. He asked me back for next year. He’s coming to my Madison Square Garden show and said he’d bring his mom.

So what’s up for your Bravo show?

I’m performing at Bearfest in San Francisco. It’s a lot of hairy gay guys. I’m also performing on an airplane. Air New Zealand has this Pink Flight that’s all drag queens between San Francisco and Sydney, Australia. That is something Chris Rock would never have to do. Nor would he perform at a Halloween party. Also, I think we’re going to do an episode at Walter Reed Army Medical Center because I feel that was a huge story about how poorly the guys were treated there, and then the story was just dropped.

The show broke into some pretty dark territory last year with visits to both men’s and women’s prisons, not to mention the death of your father. Is there anything you won’t show?

I didn’t plan for this to happen. I thought the whole show would just be me making fun of celebrity culture. I didn’t know that my marriage was going to fall apart and my dad was going to pass away. I didn’t know I was going to go to Iraq. I’m glad people respond to more than me going to get another gift bag. This season, I’m doing 10 episodes instead of six. I’m pissed I didn’t demand 12.

What can fans expect at the Kodak?

It’s all new. Times are changing. We’re learning that Oprah can elect a president. What’s next? Who’s Rachael Ray nominating? Oprah can and will change the world. Like many talk shows, I’ve been on hers once and have been asked back.

Kathy Griffin appears at the Kodak Theater, Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave.; Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 10-11, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 12, 9 p.m.; $31-$56. ?(213) 480-3232.

—Libby Molyneaux


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