Kathy Griffin is an acquired taste and whether you like that taste or not, you have to give her credit for originality. Griffin’s recent visit to Craig Ferguson’s show was interesting because for a good part of it, she was interviewing him. Things started out normally – Craig asking her about a risqué clip he had just shown from her series My Life on the D List and Griffin explaining her way out of it…but then she turned the tables and started grilling Ferguson about his political hosting duties at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner. He seemed to eat it up. A good move for a guest to know her host’s situation and use it to engage him in conversation about himself. They kept pace with each other in a witty political discussion even mentioning his rival, Jay Leno, who told Ferguson that when he hosted the Dinner, George Bush “grabbed his ass.”
The discussion stayed humorously political and then Craig regained his host position as Griffin continued her gay-themed existence. They finished the interview talking about her visit to Walter Reed Hospital and the fact that her comedy is problematic there, although she did say they “have the sickest senses of humor” and loved taking off their legs to drink beer out them.
Griffin and Ferguson played very well off each other, listening and reacting beautifully. She was bubbly, funny…and crass, but she wouldn’t be Kathy Griffin if she weren’t.