"Why would I? How could I possibly say the things to celebrities that America wants to say? And when I say America, I mean also Canada and maybe a few Secret Service Agents in Cartagena," she told RedEye during a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
The Oak Park native, who insisted we inform readers will perform May 20 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, will unleash the same snark, sass and no-holds barred attitude about celebrities on her talker that she brought to her Emmy-winning reality series "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" for six seasons.
"Nothing, and no person, is off limits," she said, adding that she will invite her not-so-famous friends on the show--and her 91-year-old mother, Maggie.
So who will be on her hit list? Here are some of the outlandish quotes from Griffin (and the assistant who could be heard whispering joke lines to her) during the interview.
On what her current pop culture obsessions are:
There's so many. First of all there is, of course, everything from actual genuine news items and I am very into "The Celebrity Apprentice," although I do not concur with Donald Trump who I believe is a birther now. But I do like the cast of that show.
Also I went to my mom's apartment last night because she only stays at my house until she finds me annoying, and then basically she kicks herself out. And she would really like me to just have a panel of Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. So unfortunately I had to shoot that one down.
But I mean, look, I'm loving everything from the fact that the Wilson Phillips gals have their own reality show, to the fact that they performed at a Loehmann's days ago. But I just want to say, Loehmann's is a clothing store where people sell clothing for women. It's not typically a concert arena.
On her mother, Maggie, who famously drinks boxed wine:
My mother, who has become a rather famous international superstar, [is] trying to pull some typical diva BS where now she wants wine in a bottle.
On the tattoo of a wedding band on her wedding finger:
I'm actually going to get a tattoo over it of Chris Brown's current girlfriend.
On former presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum:
He doesn't even walk upright at this point, that's how backwards this guy is.
On wheter she will take down Bravo host Andy Cohen:
Well, I wouldn't say I'm going to go down on Andy Cohen because I don't, frankly, think he would appreciate it. And I tend to gag. I have a bad gag reflex I'm working on. And look, we might talk about blowjobs on this show. I'm not worried about it.
On whom she might be afraid to make fun of on her show:
- I guess I might be a little bit afraid of Lou Ferrigno because he did threaten to throw Lisa Lampanelli out a window on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
- I admit it, I'm a little nervous around DMX when I watch him on "Couples Therapy."