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Bette on Kathy Griffin, Part I, II, III, IV

Mister D: Better watch it before it gets ripped down….

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List‘ premiere: Stalking the A-list
Jun 9, 2009, 11:25 AM | by Michael Slezak
Categories: ‘Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List’

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List has always been funniest when its titular star is at her most pathetic — cluelessly hosting home-shopping programming, enduring countless local media appearances in a desperate attempt to sell concert tickets — so you’d think it might be problematic that as the brassy redhead heads into her fifth season, she’s got two Emmys, widespread critical acclaim, and the ability to sell out concert halls across the nation. And that’s why it’s such a stroke of genius that Griffin is now focusing her attention on stalking true A-listers to learn the secrets of their success. I mean, what better way to downgrade your rising star than by placing it next to a real-live supernova?

Last night’s Las Vegas encounter of the Bette Midler kind proved just how far Griffin has to go before she can upgrade her status to the penthouse suite — and hilariously so. Take that scene on the elevator, where Griffin asked Midler to hide her water-bottle label, to avoid any additional licensing expenses for the Bravo network. “If anyone’s cable, you are,” quipped Midler with a good-natured laugh that nonetheless summed up the differences in the two women’s careers. Or how about that visit to Midler’s Caesars Palace gift boutique, a far cry from Griffin’s method of having her assistants tack her T-shirts to cork boards in the lobbies of the venues she plays. (“When I’m around you, I look like I have class,” howled Midler.) Not to worry, D-List fans: Our gal may be flirting with an upgrade to C+ or B- status, but she’s not too big for her reality-show britches.

It helped, of course, that Midler played her superstar part brilliantly, gently dissing Griffin’s cameo appearance at her Vegas concert — “I have to say, though, the little bit? Not so great.” — and later asking, “Kathy, what are you gonna wear when you’re burning in hell?” It’s those kinds of put-downs that bring out Griffin’s best zingers (“I don’t know, but I’ll have a good gay pick out something red and fabulous.”). And of course, there was that fame-struck woman on the Vegas strip, completely ignoring the star of the show and stating directly and catatonically into the camera. “She broke the fourth wall like on Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd,” Kathy quipped.

And really, it’s Griffin’s ability to always dig deep and come up with another self-deprecating or absurd pop-culture observation that makes her the best celebreality star on television. I howled when Griffin admitted the way she was planning to spin her brief phone chat with the legendary Stevie Nicks — “I will be telling my friends I met, I hung out with, I had a meal with Stevie Nicks.” — and loved the way she described choreographer Toni Basil as dressing “like a cookie.”

I’m hoping that for the remainder of the season, Griffin steers away from bits like that stay at a Holiday Inn Express, a not-funny-enough and totally scripted contrivance that (outrage alert!) let three tasty cinnamon rolls go to waste. With brilliantly disinterested assistant Jessica having “moved on” (sniffle) we’re left only with Tom and Tiffany as semi-mute members of Kathy’s posse. Sure, it’s always funny to see Griffin (and Midler) humiliate the befuddled “tour manager”/token straight guy, but no one’s going to be quoting Tom or Tiffany the morning after the show, right? Good thing there will always be funnier non-celebs in the wings, like the NARAS receptionist who couldn’t stop laughing after mistakenly introducing our star as “Kathy Griffith.” As long as unexpected indignities like that lurk around every corner of Griffin’s fameosexual journey, then D-List will remain must-see TV.

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24 thoughts on “Bette on Kathy Griffin, Part I, II, III, IV

  1. I slept very late to see these videos! They are fantastic. Bette never ceases to impress me. She looks so beautiful, so fresh, cute, beautiful and so divine!!

    love Mister D

  2. That woulda been sooooo much fun, thanx Mr D xxoo.
    Bette should so do a comedy show once she’s done in Vegas!!!

  3. I can’t believe I was awake to watch (LOTS of work yesterday).
    Anyhoots, LOVED it. What I liked most was that it didn’t seem scripted. I hate the interviews where Bette is asked the same questions she has been asked for the past 30 years….and I can’t get over her suite – DIVINE!!

  4. Laugh-Out-Loud moment: The awkward lady who “found her light” when Kathy & Bette sang happy birthday.

    Bettehead Eye-Roll Moment: Kathy asking Bette if “Wind Beneath My Wings” was a song about farting.

  5. Normally I am not a fan of Kathy Griffen. And I must say after this, I still am not. However, this episode was HYSTERICAL!! Bette’s reactions to some of this were just priceless! Her eating and loving those fried twinkies was too much fun! And that lady during the happy birthday song! This was priceless and bette looked amazing!! Literally, i was amped all night long and could not get back to sleep. I loved when bette was like these people dont care who i am…to the twinkie people! Just priceless !!!!!!

  6. Bette looked incredible from start to finish. And I agree that the fart joke was a total bomb, but it still surprises me sometimes how UNcrass Bette Midler really is at heart.

    This episode reminds me once more that “The Divine Miss M” is a character that Bette Midler created as an outlet of expression and a tool used to elicit a very specific series of responses from her audience. It reminds me of how baffling her craft really is.

    And COME ON! Bette Midler, Kathy Griffin AND Stevie Nicks in the same episode??? You would have thought that I had written the episode MYSELF!

  7. Mr D,

    That was awesome!!! I must say I was just mortified when they were stopped by the drunk for a birthday song. I felt so bad for them. I think all the Betteheads in the world should invest in DVRs just for Bette stuff. It’s so worth it to annoy my retarded family over and over again replaying these sort of episodes!!! LOL 🙂

  8. I liked this a lot! Thank you for uploading!
    Does anyone else think that Bette was a little offended at some of the things Kathy said?

    1. Personally I would say, no. She knew what she was getting herself into….maybe a little uncomfortable, but not offended…

  9. I am not a fan of Kathy. I honestly can’t stand her. I only watched the episode because Bette was on it. Bette was hilarious. “Kathy, what are you going to wear when you are in hell?” haha. Bette is still divine.

  10. if you notice at the beginning bette is all excited and really super cool with kathy… then after kathy said the dick chokes bette was not impressed… ive watched 100s of bette mider interviews… from barbara walters 2 oprah 2 larry king and bettes always funny witty and outrageous… but it seemed with kathy she coulndnt really be bothered an was very sarcastic… like wind beneath my farts i laughed at how stupid it was but bette didnt find it one bit funny…

    but yeh it just seems too me bette was pissed off with the dick joke…

    thanks for uploading… i got super excited when they went into the gift shop cause i got to see the goodies i can buy after i see her show in august yay hehe

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