July 11, 2007

Kathy goes to prison

This week on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Kathy performed at a prison for separate groups of women and men who were in the process of transitioning back into the community.

Before her show for the women, she visited several areas of the prison, including the culinary academy and the motor pool, to meet some of the women, "get the lay of the land," and to discover what kind of humor might work with them. At one point, she asked them for prison lingo that might work in her show, and she tested out her material throughout the day with the women she met.

They didn't show her spending as much time with the men, but she went through the same process, eating lunch with them and getting to know a little bit about them and what they were going through in order to put her material together.

About the women's show, she said, "The women responded really well when I made fun of them and their situation. They really loved it when I made fun of the staff - like any good corporate gig."

She mentioned that she wished she had praised the women, as she had wanted to, congratulating them on how far they had come and letting them know she was pulling for them. She didn't follow her instincts, and regretted it. So, at the end of the men's show, she made sure to give the pep talk and was greeted with a standing ovation.

Sometimes you have to go with your gut!

Kathy Griffin demonstrates, once again, that no matter where your gig is, the most important thing is preparation - getting to know your venue and tailoring your talk to the audience. If your material is not relevant to them, you're not gonna "kill."

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