Kathy Griffin wants a Tony

That’s the title of the upcoming week-long Broadway stint by this sassy, savvy stand-up. The show, which begins at the Belasco on March 11, promises to have Kathy Griffin “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!”

Certainly sounds like lots of fun. Now, who volunteers to tell this tart-tongued comedienne that the Tony Awards scrapped the only category in which she could contend — Special Theatrical Event — two years ago. The last winner of that race was Griffin’s pal Liza Minnelli for a well-received run at the Palace Theatre. Shows such as that one – which had a book/script – are now eligible to compete for Best Musical or Play. And all of the elements of such productions can contend for Tony Awards as well.

While she may be out of luck with the Tonys — though she would make an excellent host for the awardscast — Griffin could collect her first Grammy this Sunday. She first contended for Best Comedy Album two years ago. Her disc — “For You Consideration” — lost to “It’s Bad For Ya,” the last work by the late George Carlin. Last year, her “Suckin’ It for the Holidays” was bested by Stephen Colbert and “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” This year she is in the race once more, as “Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt” vies against albums by Lewis Black, Margaret Cho, Flight of the Conchords and Robin Williams.

Griffin is unabashed about her love of awards — be sure to watch her dish Oscar outrages with Tom O’Neil in two video chats. At the podium, she delivers devillish acceptance speeches. Indeed, the controversy she generated when collecting the first of her two Best Reality Series Emmys for “My Life on the D-List” three years ago still lingers. Though she lost last year to “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” Griffin still made merry with the fact that her nemesis, Ryan Seacrest, was one of the winning producers.

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