It’s safe to say that Kathy Griffin has had an interesting year, but one thing’s for certain: she’s never lost her comedic mojo.
The comedian is to be honoured at the first Palm Springs International Comedy Festival in November. Griffin was chosen for her pull-no-punches style of comedy and for her raw and honest approach to a year of worldwide scandal.
Speaking about the decision to honour Griffin with the award, festival director Paul Cruz said: “We didn’t think long about who should be named Comedian of the Year for the festival’s inaugural year. It was a no-brainer to honour Kathy Griffin. After all that she’s been through, Kathy has pulled off the biggest comeback in entertainment history since Marlon Brando was blacklisted and then went on to win an Oscar in 1972.
Kathy speaks for all Americans in defence of our First Amendment rights. Kathy is the one comedian that is literally on the minds and mouths of the world. She boldly and bravely spoke Truth to Power, was blacklisted, harassed and shunned for it, but has now emerged like a fiery phoenix from the ashes. What other comedians can say that?
The announcement comes hot off the heels of Kathy Griffin’s ‘Laugh Your Head Off’ tour, which is currently taking place across the U.S. Due to popular demand, more shows are constantly being added to the already-hectic list of dates.
The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival was created to discover great comedic talent from around the world, with the purpose to promote them to the entertainment industry and the public, as well as to showcase the works of seasoned professionals and celebrities of comedy.
The festival provides a showcase for the best comedians, sketch artists, shorts, features, TV pilots, Web series and animation from around the globe, with a screenplay competition awarding the best feature, shorts and TV pilots. More information can be found here.