Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

Season 3 Episode 3

The Show Must Go On

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jun 19, 2007 on Bravo
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Kathy is ready to set out on Rosie O'Donnell's lesbian cruise, but soon realizes that she must adjust her comedic material to captivate the lesbian audience. To do so, she enlists assistance from Work Out star Jackie Warner. However, Kathy's comedy is not her only impediment, as she receives horrible news that may shake the entire course of her life from this point forward.


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  • Atypical episodic view of Kathy's life on the D List. Funny, yes, but reveals Kathy's serious side more than ever.

    This is a must see episode for fans of Kathy Griffin, not just fans of her comedy. Yes, this is the episode in which her father passes away, but it's also the most revealing episode about Kathy and her comedy. For two seasons now it's been about Kathy's D-List take on Hollywood and the ridiculousness that celebrity has become. We don't really want Kathy on the A-list because then she'd be the butt of her own jokes, right? We love her not only for her comedy, but for her struggles and for her sincerity. She's like one of us, only funnier and not afraid to say those rude things that we keep bottled up. Watching this episode will make you laugh your celebrity-obsessed booty off, but you will finally understand why Kathy is such a likeable person despite her often shocking remarks. She was born to make people laugh, look at the lighter side of darkness, and live life to the fullest. Kathy deals with her father's passing with sensitivity and grace and reflects on her father's profound personal influence as she rises up to perform stand up in his honor. Anyone shocked that Kathy would allow filming to continue in light of this tragedy need only realize that it is perhaps the most fitting tribute to a man that Kathy honored, loved, and made laugh daily through her generosity and her special comic gift during his long lifetime. Why stop now?moreless
  • Kathy's dad dies while she was in flight to a gig with the delusional Rosie and their gays, but she cancels her gig to be with her family.

    This episode shows us how REAL this reality show is. Not everything is laughs and jokes. We came to love her father in the first two seasons and through her stand up routines, and just when everything is just going awesomely for Kathy, her dad dies. She stops everything and comes home to arrange his memorial service.

    We see clips of her father, mother and memories shared by Kathy. It was so nice seeing a real, tearful but loving Kathy, the gentle side we never really see. No jokes, just sincere love and emotion. What a great daughter she is!!

    I really enjoyed when she went back "to work" on stage with new material and thanked the audience for being there for her. Because if she wasn't on stage, she'd be home crying. Laughing through grief is important, and Kathy is a healthy, happy, loving woman who spreads so much cheer.

    Kathy said her her bravotv.com blog:

    And I say, “then you did know him,” because the wonderful thing about the Bravo show is that they really captured my Dad exactly the way he was -- funny and smart and sarcastic and sweet and gentle and naughty and nice all in one.

    RIP Kathy's Dad!! We loved you and knew you! 1915 - 2007moreless
  • wow - tough material...

    Goodness, goodness, goodness. I usually watch this show to laugh my *ss off. I mean Kathy is so funny. I have seen her live once and have tickets to see her again. So this episode was so unexpected. I mean I knew that her dad was sick and passed around the time of filming, but I guess I expected her not to allow that much of her personal life on tv. For a reality star for the past two years not super serious stuff has been dealt with. At the start of this year she touched on her divorce, but that wasn’t bad compared to this. I was crying, not laughing the entire show. Poor Kathy.moreless

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