Kathy Griffin has made a name for herself as Americas foul-mouthed sweetheart, beloved by many for her particular brand of cutting and witty pop culture humor. She will be showing off those chops of hers once again when she plays herself, the neighbor of Maddie Banks (Kirstie Alley).
Griffin, who was born the youngest of five in Oak Park, Illinois, did not always set out to be a comedian, originally moving to Los Angeles to study dramatic acting at the famed Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Soon after, Griffin joined The Groundlings, an improvisational comedy troupe whose past members include Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy, and began doing standup in the early nineties. She first came to national attention with her role on 'Suddenly Susan', opposite Brooke Shields, playing the sardonic restaurant critic Vicki Groener. At the same time, Griffin had not one, but two comedy specials on HBO. After appearing as herself on 'Celebrity Mole Hawaii', which she won, and hosting the reality show 'Average Joe', Griffin created and starred in her own reality series for Bravo, 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List'. The hugely successful look inside Griffins life won the actress two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Reality Television Program and ran for six seasons. Among those who appear on the program are 'Everybody Loves Raymond', star Ray Romano and 'Hot in Cleveland' star Betty White. Griffin has also done a whopping 16 comedy specials for Bravo, recorded five comedy albums, with each album receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, and topped the New York Times Best Seller list with her memoir "Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin."