I had completely forgotten I sent an email to
I’d already published my story about Griffin’s new YouTube video — a spoof trailer for a geriatric version of the iconic musical, “Annie,” called, “Grannie.”
The video stars Griffin as the world’s oldest orphan, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast-member Lisa Rinna as Miss Hannigan and “Arrow’s” Colton Haynes as Daddy Warbucks.
“You’re on with Kathy,” said a man on the other end of the line. And just like that, we were off to the races:
Kathy Griffin: Grannie, How can I help you?
Itay Hod: Hey Kathy, thanks for taking the time. So, how did this project get started?
KG: Look, I just wanted to f–k Colton Haynes like you and every other guy in this town. I know he has a thing for older ladies so I said, ‘I’m in.’
IH: Got it.
*Haynes is openly gay.
KG: This whole thing is so much fun, I can’t believe it’s like No. 4 on the Twat [*Twitter]. This is a cautionary tale.
IH: How so?
KG: It’s a tale of a living legend named
IH: I see… So your assistant came up with the idea?
KG: ‘Brit & Yank.’ They make these funny videos and they kept saying, ‘Will you trust us?’
IH: When did you shoot this?
KG: Oh my god, not even two weeks ago! They whipped this thing together… And then they had me sing. I thought they were going to auto-tune me like
*The video features all the great classics you’ve come to adore, including, “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Little Girls,” “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” and “Tomorrow,” which Griffin belts out unaccompanied.
KG: Even though Josh Groban already asked me to do a duet with me, I said, well, let’s see how your breathing lessons go. Kristin Chenoweth still hasn’t called me back I think she’s so jealous and threatened.
IH: I know you have a Grammy and an Emmy. Are you going for a Tony?
KG: I have two Emmys you ungrateful f–k. I’m the egg in EGOT.
*Full disclosure, I couldn’t make out most of what she said immediately after, as I was in the midst of a laughing fit.
KG: I feel that my Oscar is forthcoming. I already told
Any reporter who’s ever interviewed Griffin will tell you that having questions prepared ahead of time is completely useless. And that interrupting Griffin as she’s on a roll is a bit like pouring ketchup on a prime-rib steak — it just ruins it.
So, I follow Griffin’s lead.
KG: Now obviously I’m a bit nervous, because you just heard my… should I say style of singing? Maybe
And then they’ll probably do the film and then they’ll probably do Broadway for a limited run. I’m assuming when I get tired, Liza will take over.
My assistant and his partner were great. Leave it to them. They got Colton because I worked on his show ‘Privileged’ on the CW. And then we called Rinna because she’s like a gal who will just got for it and have fun. I also loved that most of the orphans were at least 30 [years-old]. And everybody just came over and worked for free. It’s really fun.
IH: How long did it take to shoot it?
KG: Two days. These gays are fast.
IH: I was surprised to see that Lisa Rinna can sing.
KG: Yeah, she has a fantastic voice and Colton’s good at singing too. I’m like when Meryl Streep, who is a really good singer, said she had to be bad for ‘Florence Foster Jenkins.’ I purposely had to sing like that for my character. But don’t worry, when the offer comes from the Met and they want me to do ‘La Bohème,’ I can f–king do it. That’s just easy.
And with that Ms. Jenkins had to dash… Ostensibly to sign her next recording deal with P. Diddy.