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Always Looking for the Funny

Celebrity-obsessed comedian Kathy Griffin has won two Emmys (in 2007 and 2008) for her reality show “My Life on the D List.” Last year, she took home a Grammy for the album “Calm Down Gurrl.” This week, her 24th stand-up tour, “Like A Boss,” comes to the Kennedy Center, where, the 54-year-old promises, she’ll be “well-prepped to talk about anything and everything.”

But there was one thing her handlers warned she would not address in interviews: Her short-lived stint earlier this year as a replacement for the late Joan Rivers on “Fashion Police.”

In a statement at the time, Griffin said the show wasn’t a good fit, adding: “Thank you to my fans for taking this ride with me. See you at the gay bars . . . and the MF-ing KENNEDY CENTER.”

The venue is clearly important to her. Indeed, she named a 2013 comedy special, taped in Minneapolis, “Kennedie Center On-Hers.”

Griffin spoke by phone from California, giddy about the news of the day: the Vanity Fair cover of Caitlyn Jenner. The conversation has been edited for space, but not necessarily for taste. Kathy Griffin. (Courtesy Kennedy Center)

How are you?

I feel very Caitlyn right now. It’s all about Caitlyn.

I was going to try and leave Caitlyn out of this, but I guess there’s no avoiding it, huh?

You can’t keep Caitlyn out of it. The transes will come after you, guns a-blazin’. First of all, I call her Caitie. I call her Caitie because we’re destined to become besties. I actually love that Caitlyn is doing what she’s doing at the age of 65. I love that Cher is the face of Marc Jacobs at 68. All that stuff is great. Think about it: I could actually be onstage at the Kennedy Center when the decision comes down about the legalization of gay marriage. It could not be a better time to be in D.C. at the Kennedy Center.

Have you played the Kennedy Center before?

I have, and it is heaven. First of all, the acoustics are so perfect. You’d think that wouldn’t matter to a comic, but it does. The Kennedy Center audience is notoriously smart and open-minded and diverse. I’m going to have my vets there, and I’m going to have my soccer moms, and I’m going to have my LGBTQIA2s — I keep up with all the letters and numbers — and I’m going to have my married couples, my unmarried couples. That’s the great thing about the Kennedy Center: You get audience members who are coming because they have a subscription, or you get people because they’ve been following my social media, and they know that a couple of nights ago I went to see Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the Hollywood Bowl, and Lady Gaga gave me a box filled with eggs from her own chickens, so . . . .

What’s going to hatch out of those eggs? It might not be what you think.

I don’t care. Whatever hatches was “born this way.” It was so incredible. If I can tell you what it was like to be in an elevator two nights ago with Tony Bennett and his wife, and Gaga and her bodyguard: I was with my boyfriend, who is 17 years younger — and don’t even start with me on that. I’m in no mood. Life is short. Grab joy when you can. So I’m in an elevator and it’s just us, and everywhere I go, I’m looking for the funny. And there isn’t much happening. Then Lady Gaga pulls out a box, and hands it to Tony Bennett and explains, “These are from my own chickens, and Kathy, I brought some for you.” I said, you know what, that is a story. I’m going to go into more detail about this at the Kennedy Center. I said thank you for the eggs — and the material.

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© 2015 Washington Post: to original article (by Roger Catlin)