Kathy Griffin knows what celebrity reality show she wants to be on.
“The highest-rated one,” Griffin said in a recent telephone interview from New York. “I don’t care if it’s ‘I’m a Celebrity - Watch Me Take a Poop.’ Whatever is getting the big ratings.”
This is the kind of uncensored humor on display in Griffin’s Emmy-winning show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” which returns for a fifth season tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo, and in her stand-up show, which stops at the Citi Wang Theatre Friday and Saturday.
“I don’t really know any other way to do it,” she said. “Believe me, I would love to be that comedian who doesn’t ever get in trouble, doesn’t ever say the wrong thing. But I just, unfortunately, don’t know how to do it that way. I only know how to be offensive, get in trouble and always try to make you laugh. And, unfortunately, I can’t get the order right.”
Since “D-List” premiered in 2005, Griffin’s career has moved in a different direction. So she thought her show should, too.
“It’s kind of silly to make the show about what it was four years ago, which was I can’t get a job, I’m going to go do stand-up at gay rodeo,” she said. “I mean, there are parts of that that are my life, but there’s also parts where, you know, I get to play two nights at the Wang. It’s a very different place than I was in four years ago.”
So this season, Griffin visits, among others, Lily Tomlin, Paula Deen, T.I., Gloria Estefan and Paris Hilton to get a glimpse into their lives.
“If you’re a celebrity and you’re even in my eye line or said hi to me, look out,” she said. “I will use trickery. I will do whatever it takes to get you on the ‘D-List.’ ”
Often, she’ll do what she calls a trade to get a celebrity on her show. Bette Midler appears on tonight’s premiere because Griffin hosted one of Midler’s charity events.
Despite the revised format, the show will still feature frequent appearances by Griffin’s mom.
“My mom has, frankly, become insufferable. She’s such a large part of the show,” she said and laughed. “I’m barely making a guest appearance this year. It’s Maggie Griffin and friends.”
Even though she has won Emmys and sold out shows, Griffin still says she remains a D-List celebrity. A photographer recently confused her for actress Joely Fisher, and people still get her name wrong.
“I really have a theory that more people feel like they’re on the D-List than on the A-List,” she said. “People come up to me and say, ‘Oh, I was on the D-List at my family reunion’ or ‘I’m on the D-List at my office.’ We all look up to A-listers, but I think most people think they’re on the D-List.”Source