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February 2017 / Vol. 1 Issue 3

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23 A STAGE OF THEIR OWN On the playground of comedy, Kathy Griffin says let's hear it for the girls "Haven't you done it all?" is Kathy Griffin's least favorite question. She may be only five-foot-three, but you can guarantee that Kathy has the largest personality in the room wherever she may be. is self-proclaimed D-lister has made it big off of self-deprecation and telling secrets. But to be a successful woman on the comedy circuit, you have to be louder than everyone else, and Kathy's made a career out of doing just that. Only three women have won the Grammy Award® for Best Comedy Album since its creation—first Lily Tomlin in 1972, followed by Whoopi Goldberg in 1986. After six consecutive nominations, Kathy finally earned one herself in 2014 for Calm Down Gurrl. A triumph, definitely, but Kathy's always known she'd have to compete with the boys. And with the reigning record of most stand-up comedy specials of any comedian—male or female, alive or dead—the fact that she's still only one of five female comedians ever to play Carnegie Hall by herself is a little absurd. Are one Grammy® and two Emmys® enough for her? Absolutely not, because Kathy won't stop sharing anecdotes of her 93-year-old mother or her incendiary exposure of the celebrity world until she feels women have an equal place at the comedy table, no matter how many buttons she has to push to get there. So to answer your question, of course Kathy hasn't done it all. She's just getting started. S E E K AT H Y G R I F F I N O N F E B R UA R Y 4 I N D E L L H A L L.

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