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A Night of Stand-Up with Kathy Griffin

I went to my first stand-up show last Thursday night and it was amazing!

I have been a fan of Kathy Griffin since the first season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the DList. When I found out that she would be coming down to Orlando, I knew that I could not pass up the chance to see her live and on stage.

The ticket prices were not bad for balcony seats, but what I soon realized when I got to the Bob Carr was that it really did not matter where you sat. The acoustics for the show were great and even from way up, you could still see her relatively well.

Though the show was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., the audience waited about 30 minutes before the show finally started with a montage of Griffin’s memorable moments throughout her illustrious career, from her Red Carpet hosting gigs and Suddenly Susan days, to her now infamous Emmy acceptance speech and clips from My Life on the D-List. After many celebrities in the montage introduced her, she finally came on stage to a roar of applause.

The first thing she did was to tell everyone to pull out their cameras and take pictures (an obvious no-no, which even I was chastised about before the show began by the ushers.) She told everyone to “break the rules,” feeling that if you were going to pay and see her live, you should at least be able to take a photo or two to have for yourself.

She began her set, and boy, was it unrelenting. The great thing about Griffin is that she is not only blunt and hilarious, but very topical and really relates much of the material to her current show’s location.

She began talking about the crazy weather and tornado warnings we had been having that day, even sharing a message she received from her now equally famous mother, Maggie Griffin, telling everyone to be safe and instructing her daughter to not “be the hero.” She then goes on to discuss Governor Christ and his proposed urine testing of government employees as well as Scientology and how they have bought their own town: Clearwater.

Griffin then moved on to her celebrity gossip and humor. No one was spared by this Queen of Comedy: Charlie Sheen, Fox News, Glee, Tiger Woods, Anderson Cooper, Celebrity Apprentice, Sarah Palin, The Real Housewives, The Tea Party, Kirstie Alley and many more.

After two hours of constant laughter and glee, the show sadly came to a close. But I will forever remember my first stand-up show, and I am so glad that I saw Kathy Griffin. She is a much funnier, outgoing, and personable comedian live than on television.

She always has new material (unlike other comedians who have the same set that they perform throughout their whole tour), and no matter where you are sitting, it is always the best seat in the house. Whether you are gay or straight, 18 or 85, Kathy Griffin is amazing at what she does and is perfect for you.

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