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Kathy Griffin's She'll Cut A Bitch on DVD

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 11th 2010 7:54PM
Kathy Griffin She'll Cut A BitchThe best thing about making fun of the daily failings of celebrities and other public figures, as is Kathy Griffin's bread and butter, is that you can write a new act every few weeks. Griffin's Bravo special, She'll Cut A Bitch, originally aired in April of 2009, and comes out uncensored with a few extra routines (about 12 minutes total) on DVD January 12.

She also released a CD last November, called Suckin' It For the Holidays, which had almost nothing to do with the holidays. There was very little overlap between the special and CD. Griffin has released a steady stream of specials for the past several years, in addition to shooting her reality show, My Life on the D-List.

She'll Cut A Bitch features a healthy dose of Griffin's D-List-related material, like accidentally standing in the frame when Coldplay was playing on television at the Grammys and besting The Deadliest Catch (a show, she says, where people "fish to death") at the Schmemmys. And the D-List's surprise star, Griffin's mom, Maggie, who recently moved out of Griffin's house because she finds her daughter "annoying."

But the focus is always celebrities, and no one drops a name like Griffin. She tells the story of sharing her birthday cake with Cher (who is apparently a D-List fan), meeting James Gandolfini, trying to resist laughing at Tracy Morgan making fun of Oprah Winfrey while Winfrey is within earshot, and questioning the Jonas Brothers' appeal.

Griffin's shtick works because she is so aggressively self-deprecating and straightforward about her ambitions, and her picture of Hollywood is so absurd and outrageous but never beyond the boundaries of our expectations, based on the constant flow of gossipy entertainment news thrown at us from every direction. But Cut A Bitch doesn't quite live up to that standard (Holidays is the funnier set of the two).

It's hard to keep cranking up the absurdity, even in Hollywood, and if Griffin has an endless supply of material, it isn't all of equal quality. Cut A Bitch feels wrote in places, still amusing, but a touch too familiar. Luckily for Griffin, she just has to wait for the next set of bizarre celebrities meetings and mishaps, and she'll have a whole new hour ready to go.

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This woman is a great example of people who realize they have no talent and then create a career by being outrageous. When in doubt, use four letter words on live TV. She is the biggest no-talent in Hollywood.

January 12 2010 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I find Kathy's humor to be hit and miss. Sometimes she's really funny and other times she's okay.
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