Kathy Griffin is about to take Broadway by storm with her one-woman show “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony,” which begins a week-long stand at the Belasco Theater on March 11. Unfortunately, the Tony Awards scrapped the only category in which she could contend — Special Theatrical Event — two years ago. To make up to Griffin for this snub, the top theater kudos should considering hiring her to host their CBS awardscast on June 12.
Kathy Griffin recently told Andrew Gans (Playbill), “I would be thrilled to host the Tonys.” The tart-tongued comedian thinks, “I would actually … be a good host for the Tonys because I would certainly have them laughing but I wouldn’t be scary.” And, as she assured Gans, “I swear to you, if I ever did have that privilege, I wouldn’t swear. I don’t get those gigs sometimes because I know they really think I honestly can’t control myself. But, you know, this year [at] New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper, I didn’t swear. I knew I wasn’t going to swear.”
Last year’s kudocast was hosted by Sean Hayes, who had wowed earlier that season with his Broadway debut in the revival of the tuner “Promises, Promises.” The Emmy champ (“Will & Grace”) was a real charmer and handled hosting with aplomb. No doubt Griffin, a two-time Emmy winner for her Bravo reality series “My Life on the D-List,” could command the stage of the Beacon Theater, this year’s new home for the Tony Awards.
As for her own show, she promises, “dishing on all pop culture and shining a light on inappropriate water cooler talk” and “will feature all new material about her hilarious observations and run-ins with celebrities. Let’s just say Broadway may never be the same again!” The savvy star did a meet and greet in front of the theater Wednesday, distributing handbills with rave reviews of her yet-to-open show.