Controversial comedian Kathy Griffin to film special at Tennessee Theatre

Kathy Griffin

Associated Press

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin

Associated Press

Kathy Griffin

Controversial comedian Kathy Griffin will film her new TV stand-up special at the Tennessee Theatre.

Griffin will perform 7 p.m. May 1 at the venue. The show will later air on the Bravo channel, which also airs Griffin's reality show "My Life on the D-List."

Griffin gained fame in the late 1990s for her role in the TV series "Suddenly Susan.". Griffin's routines often rely on shocking commentary on fellow celebrities.

"My Life on the D-List" began in 2005 and earned her Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program in 2007 and 2008.

Griffin's acceptance speech for the 2007 award, in which she made fun of fellow honorees thanking Jesus for their awards, earned her the ire of Catholic League, an anti-defamation group, as well as the employees of Pigeon Forge's Miracle Theater, who spent $90,440 on a full-page advertisement in USA Today denouncing the comedian.

Griffin responded to the ad in a Bravo-aired stand-up routine in which she read from the USA Today ad and poked fun at the Miracle Theater cast. Tickets are $49, plus service fees, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 5 at the Tennessee Theatre box office and Tickets Unlimited outlets. To charge, call 865-656-4444, or visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

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Comments » 5

boogimn3 writes:

I will admit, discovering that Kathy Griffin was appearing in Knoxville was surprising.
I was raised in Norwood and Rocky Hill and have a BS from UT, and I was around when Jesus Christ Superstar caused a big furor when it appeared at the Coliseum in the '70's...There was a demonstration, but no big deal.
Being firmly planted in the Bible Belt, Knoxville usually doesn't get the more controversial entertainment.
Griffin has a thick skin, no doubt about that, but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of the room when this appearence was included on the tour. It was truely a fascinating choice.
It is possible that, Knoxville being a university town, the feeling was that there would be enough open mindedness to sell tickets. If you add to that her natural propensity to "bring it", she may be looking with considerable pleasure to firing up the local "Belters"...

shanethang writes:

I have tickets! I love Kathy! I can't wait to see her! I think she is her because of the Miracle Theater in Sevierville. I bet you will see her there on the D-list being chased by all the fanatics that work there. !!!!!!

Slo writes:

I wouldn't walk across the street to see her if she was performing for free in the Waffle House parking lot.

orangenwhitefan writes:

WOW, tickets have gone FAST!! I just heard about this and its already almost a sellout. Anyone have any good seats on the floor for sell?

boogimn3 writes:

in response to Slo:

I wouldn't walk across the street to see her if she was performing for free in the Waffle House parking lot.

Slo?...I'm too polite to ask what that means...
Kathy tells me she is truly crushed by your rejection.

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