Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Kathy Griffin Conundrum

I don't know what to do with Kathy Griffin. On the one hand, she is, forgive me, I can't believe I'm saying this, pretty funny. On the other hand, she is a famewhore. Like, she positively knows her place in the shimmering celebrity firmament, and on the other hand, she thinks she should be way higher in it than she is.

This is coming up because I'm watching what I presume is a rerun of the episode of her show where she, Michael McDonald from MadTV and someone else who I don't know who she was (oh, she's just been identified as Kari Turner, from JAG. Another show I don't think I've ever seen an entire episode of, despite it's consistent presence for something like seven years. Anyway...), go to Iraq to do a tour for the troops. So, this is, on the one hand, an admirable thing to do to go over and entertain the troops, because, damn, those guys do not have it easy, but, on the other hand? Famewhore. Because Henry Rollins, who has gone over to Iraq and done, like, eight shows, has not done two episodes of his non-existent reality show on this.

Though, that does make me think. What would a Henry Rollins reality show even look like? And what does his show for the troops look like?

Anyway, Kathy Griffin confuses me. Good that she went over and did shows in dangerous places, bad that she used it to make herself look important. She's funny until she starts to bug. And that's the Kathy Griffin conundrum.


Blogger mickey said...

i completely went through the same feelings watching that show. :)

henry rollins, he is just plain annoying and talentless.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tony says:

Rollins has a great show on IFC.

2:05 AM  
Blogger stalebREAD said...

Yeah, it was a good move on her part, but the clips of the show that they put on looked kind of lame to me. But good thought. On the other hand, she does kind of bug me pretty quickly.

As for Henry Rollins, Mick I have to disagree. Rollins is a badass, and I think his spoken word stuff is pretty damn good.

5:22 PM  
Blogger CultureMaven said...

Yeah, I know about Rollins' IFC show. It's tragic that Comcast doesn't carry IFC, because it's a really good channel.

But, yeah, I'm gonna have agree with StaleBREAD here, and go one better. I've had a gigantic crush on Rollins for years. I love 'im.

6:10 PM  
Blogger mickey said...

yeah, i have a friend who is a diehard rollins head and tried to get me into him for years. just couldn't get the deal. help me out. what exactly is the attraction? is it because he was picked on in school and made something of himself? is it a revenge of the nerds thing? i was never a nerd so i can't relate. fill me in and i will give him another try. :)

4:51 PM  
Blogger stalebREAD said...

I like him because he transitioned within his fame. He became known with the Rollins band and rocked out, and then he grew and transitioned into a more introspective, thoughtful person without losing the fundamental qualities that made him famous. I appreciate his creativity and fluidity.

11:41 AM  
Blogger mickey said...

let's not forget his start in a very famous punk band before the rollins band. :) and i agree, he is very thoughtful and introspective.

4:15 PM  
Blogger CultureMaven said...

Mickey beat me to this, but Rollins found fame with Black Flag, and won a grammy for his spoken word recording of his memoir "Get in the Van." Look, I can't explain it, I just like Rollins. He's a smart, interesting guy who has managed to put together a very interesting career.

9:35 PM  
Blogger mickey said...

alright, fuck it, i'll give him another go. :)

and wow, someone remembers Black Flag. nice. ;)

2:30 PM  

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