Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Kathy Griffin Biography

Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Comedian, actor, TV host

Fast Facts

  • Performed with Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman in the Los Angeles-based Groundlings improv group
  • Made her big-screen debut in the low-budget horror film The Unborn (1991)
  • Dated director Quentin Tarantino, who later included a scene of her stand-up act in his 1994 movie Pulp Fiction
  • Appeared as a nurse in Eminem's 2000 video for "The Real Slim Shady
  • " After undergoing LASIK surgery in 2003 to correct her vision, had severe complications and has since become an outspoken critic of the procedure
  • Found a career niche in reality TV, winning $233,000 on ABC's Celebrity Mole Hawaii, hosting NBC's Average Joe and starring in Bravo's Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
  • Has lent her voice to a number of animated projects, including the UPN series Dilbert and Shrek Forever After (2010)


  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: winner
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: winner
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated