Promoting her new book “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins,“ the veteran comic known for her no-nonsense jabs at celebrities is coming to San Francisco’s Masonic with an all-new act. She recently took a few minutes to chat with the San Francisco Examiner.
Thanks for the shout out on Twitter — “Is Leslie Katz ready for me to rock her world?” — that my young co-worker just told me about.
Be proud of it girl, it’s your Christmas card.
I read your Twitter feed, and I liked it; being middle aged (I think we’re the same age), sometimes I don’t understand what’s on Twitter.
I call it my twat. I use it mostly to promote things and I try to make it funny. … like having my 96-year-old alcoholic mother read from my book. Still, even though everyone was telling me, “It’s all over, everything’s going to be on YouTube,” the one thing that really has survived is live entertainment.
Can you talk a bit about the book?
I decided to write it after watching “Straight Outta Compton” in December 2015 with my boyfriend (who’s 18 years younger than me) at Trump International, of all places (I’m going to hell). I told him I knew or worked with four people in it: I made out with Snoop Dogg at the Billboard Video Awards, worked with Dr. Dre on a music video for Eminem, met Tupac Shakur while taping a TV special and got Suge Knight to spoon me at my friend Katt Williams’ house.
It’s small bites, filled with things that haven’t been appropriate for my specials, and things that sometimes are funny, but sometimes are weird.
Who’s in it?
People probably don’t know that I’m friends with Sidney Poitier … There’s everyone from Salman Rushdie to Ariana Grande to Gerald Ford to Jon Hamm. And having dinner with the great Jack Nicholson — that was a fascinating experience.
Are any celebrities off limits?
Nobody. Sometimes I change my mind about people, though, like Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s taken too much of a beating. I was the original; I can lay off now. Then there’s Gloria Estefan, who’s upset that she’s never been in my act.
Can you chat a bit about you and Anderson Cooper and your New Year’s Eve CNN gig?
They won’t give me producers’ credit on it; it’s been 10 years now. I’ve known Anderson since he had brown hair. In 2007, he asked me to do seven minutes on it, and the next person didn’t show up, so I stayed. Now it’s 4 1/2 hours; Anderson has a way of getting back at me. Every year, they add time, and I never get a raise. I prep for it all year long, Anderson just pops up, having just been back from Myanmar and taken a nap.
But you can tell that you two have a real friendship.
It’s really my favorite night of the year. The show’s really all about our chemistry. It doesn’t need gimmicks, we don’t have room for them.
What are you looking forward to?
Whatever will be my next TV project. After 23 specials (more than any comedian, man or woman), I’ve won an Emmy and Grammy; I’m halfway to an EGOT. I love doing all new material and take pride in it; at the Masonic, I’ll be talking about “golden showers” — yes, that’s our president.
IF YOU GO
Where: Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 21
Tickets: $50 to $80