Click here for a response to the episode that aired of Kathy Griffin at the Apollo.
Kathy Griffin made a "surprise" appearance at the Apollo in Harlem last night. Contrary to some reports, the racy diva was not booed off stage... however, she didn't do as well as I hoped. I was given tickets for Kathy Griffin and Amateur Night at the Apollo. I noticed immediately that the crowd was 70% white -- this was not a true Apollo audience. Some in Kathy's camp did some heavy recruiting, probably scared us black folks would throw tomatoes -- whoever thought that was a mistake.
Amateur Night was a cackle... then Rev. Al Sharpton introduced Kathy Griffin who received a good response, but she was clearly nervous and continued to rant about her ass crack sweat. She started off strong saying she was pulled over by the cops for "driving while white." She mocked the lone white girl who performed in Amateur Night and made some folks laugh about Octomommy saying, "Aren't you glad she isn't black?" This was hilarious to the black audience, but the whites in the room didn't seem to know how to take it... so things got a lil' shaky when she changed things up. Maybe she scanned the crowd and saw that it was predominately white so she used most of her time to crack on Sarah and Bristol Palin... she fell flat.
Originally, I hoped she would make jokes about Whitney, Beyonce, Chris Brown/Rihanna, Oprah -- she didn't really give anything special to the Apollo audience. Again, maybe she saw the crowd was not a true Apollo audience and went soft. Kathy Griffin would've done better with a 80% black/Latino, real Apollo audience. Whoever thought of the idea bring in more white people -- wrong!
The band started playing exit music because the second half of Amateur Night was starting, which I think may have confused some of the audience, thinking she was being booed/pulled off stage -- they always do this at the end of a comedian's set.
I love Kathy Griffin. She didn't bomb, but she didn't "kill." I'm just glad she didn't drop the "N-word" like Sandra Bernhard did years ago to a black audience.
Labels: WHITE CHICKS
Posted by Clay ::
11:05 AM ::