On her Bravo special Thursday night, Kathy Griffin revealed that her pokes at poltiico Sarah Palin have resulted in death threats. The tart-tongued comedienne did an extended riff on the “Palin Army” during her laff fest “Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant.” And on Tuesday’s episode of “Glee,” Griffin had guested as a judge at regionals whose behavior was eerily similar to that of the one-time national candidate. Two years ago, Tina Fey won the Guest Comedy Actress Emmy for her Palin parodies on “SNL.”
While Kathy Griffin has yet to be an Emmy acting nominee, she has contended twice for Best Variety Comedy Music Special. In 2008, her stand-up special “Straight to Hell” lost to “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project” while in 2009 her concert gig “She’ll Cut a Bitch” was bested by the Kennedy Center Honors, which won the fifth of its six Emmys.
As Griffin noted in her piece on Palin Thursday: “She’s a [beep] reality star, just like me.” Last summer, she wound up her reality series “My Life on the D-List” after six seasons, the last of which will be eligible at the next edition of the Emmys. To date, Griffin has won two of her five consecutive bids for Best Reality Series, claiming the prize in both 2007 and 2008.