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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Episode: "Fly the Super Gay Skies"

Season 4, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Kathy departs for Australia on a colorful plane trip that features drag queens as attendants and Kathy performing stand-up over the plane's PA. While Down Under, she wends through Sydney atop a float in a Mardi Gras parade.
Original Air Date: Jun 26, 2008

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Season 4, Episode 3
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Length: 44:34
Aired: 6/26/2008

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Almost every week, I make a comment that questions Kathy's D-list status. That's because Kathy frequently does things that border on A-list like co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve special with Anderson Cooper, selling out Madison Square Garden or dating billionaire Steve Wozniak. But this week, Kathy proved me wrong again, further solidifying her insistence that she's D-list by performing via P.A. system on an airplane. And not just any plane. We're talkin' a 14-hour "Pink Flight" from San Francisco headed to Sydney, Australia, for the Gay Mardi Gras and filled to the rim with drag queens, gay guys and gay-friendly gals. It wouldn't be so D-list if she was just flying to Australia to perform at Gay Mardi Gras a la divas Cyndi Lauper and Olivia Newton-John, or be the "Chief of the Parade" like Margaret Cho. No. This is Kathy Griffin we're referring to. Kathy: " Dane Cook doesn't have to do this." Kathy had to stand at the gate and tear each passenger's ticket after greeting them. After takeoff, she had to perform over a loud speaker on an airplane where only a few people could see her, sleep for 6 hours next to one of the lavatories, then serve breakfast, visit people at their seats and parade around in her bra. OK, the last one was her own personal choice. But D-list, all the way. As usual, the "D" did not stand for dull and there were highlights galore: - In the opening standup footage, setting the Australian tone, Kathy mentioned that Portia De Rossi probably hates her ever since she used to refer to Portia as "the fat ass on Ally McBeal" (only in comparison to Calista Flockhart, of course). - In her quest for international stardom, Kathy felt she had to perform in the land down under, especially since Australians for the most part emulate Kathy's persona. Kathy referred to Australians, especially the press there, as mostly "unshockable...it's kind of like they're all gay." - It wasn't a drag at all learning something new about Jessica: she's scared of drag queens! Jessica: "They're big and tall and clown-like. I'm scared they're gonna touch me when I'm sleeping." - During a phone interview with some pre-trip Australian radio station reps, Kathy learned that "Aussies pride themselves on using language that no one else on the planet uses," especially when it comes to cussing. Expressions like: "dick bag" and "cu-- features." - A Kathy episode would not be complete without at least one scene with hilarious mama Maggie. This week, Kathy just had to show her 87 year-old mother the custom-made Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List condoms she and Team Griffin were going to give out during the Gay Mardi Gras parade. One of the very best lines was Kathy to the camera, after giving Maggie a bunch of condoms to keep: "What if she ends up with the wrong 86 year old? Next thing ya know, she's itching." - Kathy, in reference to Gay Mardi Gras: "It's the biggest gay extravaganza in the world...even bigger than the one Oprah and Gayle host in their backyard." Then Kathy looks to camera and does a "Shhh!" gesture with her finger. Brilliant. Who else on earth would have the nerve to go there, but Kathy? - This flight, however, was a piece of cake compared to her experience in Iraq. Kathy: "My trip to Iraq trained me for this day." - Kathy was a disaster serving breakfast and only lasted a few rows. - Since she didn't think Jessica and Tiffany were working enough ("I'm onto them!"), she brought two of the Australian drag queens over to Jessica's seat just to scare her. - It was quite timely of Kathy to pretend to be rehab-bound and to lie about having a mental illness since Heather Locklear just admitted herself to rehab a few days ago. It really is the thing to do in Hollywood these days. - It was nice to see Lance Bass be funny and act more natural and personable, visiting the Australian zoo with Kathy and gang. I remember back to season one when he was still in the closet and just sat there smiling on Kathy's couch sans personality. I'm glad he's gotten more 'N Sync with his inner self. - Kathy, about Lance: "He calms my nerves. He's kind of like gay valium." - Kathy to the zookeeper holding an adorable Koala bear: "How much are they?" - Kathy, while performing in Australia, felt it quite necessary to address one of the most famous Aussies, Nicole Kidman: "Her forehead hasn't moved since Far & Away." - Kathy, having high tea with Olivia Newton-John and Carson Kressley, was determined to try out one of her newly-learned Aussie terms, the aforementioned "cu-- features" with ONJ. But not right away: "I want to wait until she's had her first scone." - Kathy to ONJ, about her oh-so-famous "Physical" workout wardrobe: "You never got a yeast infection from wearing that outfit?" - Perhaps the best line of Kathy's, after she failed to humor ONJ with the C-word term: "I can't believe I just said 'cu-- features' to Sandra Dee! I'm a bigger bitch than Rizzo!" Have I told you lately that I love Kathy Griffin? - Margaret Cho and Kathy in the same show? It was a thrill to see two of my comic goddesses walk together in the streets of Australia and make each other laugh and Kathy even referred to Margaret as "so not D-List." - Kathy, about getting the paparazzi to cover her, Margaret and Cyndi as they were en route to the Gay Mardi Gras: "I didn't call them, I texted them." Kathy didn't want to pay the international roaming charges, don'tcha know. - Although I didn't buy that Kathy wasn't given her own float, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them walk from float to float, as well as Kathy's closing line: "It's just mayhem. It's gayhem!" What did you think, Kathy fans? Chime in below. You can watch more Kathy Griffin videos in our Online Video Guide. show less
Almost every week, I make a comment that questions Kathy's D-list status. That's because Kathy frequently does things that border on A-list like co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve special with Anderson Cooper, selling out Madison Square Garden or dating billionaire Steve Wozniak. But this week, Kathy proved me wrong again, further solidifying her insistence that she's D-list by performing via P.A. system on an airplane. And not just any plane. We're talkin' a 14-hour "Pink Flight" from San Francisco headed to Sydney, Australia, for the Gay Mardi Gras and filled to the rim with drag queens, gay guys and gay-friendly gals. It wouldn't be so D-list if she was just flying to Australia to perform at Gay Mardi Gras a la divas Cyndi Lauper and Olivia Newton-John, or be the "Chief of the Parade" like Margaret Cho. No. This is Kathy Griffin we're referring to. Kathy: "Dane Cook doesn't have to do this." Kathy had to stand at the gate and tear each passenger's ticket after greeting them. After t... read more

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Premise: An unscripted series delving into the private life of comedian Kathy Griffin, the self-proclaimed 'outrageous, potty-mouthed' funnywoman known for riffing on celebrities and showbiz culture. The show spotlights Griffin's attempts to raise her status in the industry; her surreal celebrity encounters; and her downtime with her inner circle.

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