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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