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Kathy Griffin takes aim at Bristol Palin, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' in new Bravo comedy special

November 2, 2010 |  9:58 am


Kathy Griffin has a theory about why Bristol Palin isn't the most skilled dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." It involves being sore from other, shall we say, strenuous extracurricular activities.

"Anyone can make a Bristol Palin joke," the red-haired comedian, who will celebrate her 50th birthday on Thursday, said backstage during the filming of her latest Bravo comedy special. "But you're just not going to hear about Levi's ... from Ricky Gervais. You're only going to hear about it from me."

Palin is just one of many tabloid stars who get the crude treatment during Griffin's "Whores on Crutches" special, which airs Tuesday on Bravo. And she's not alone, considering Griffin has built a career out of making fun of celebrities.

Griffin "is the current-day version of Phyllis Diller, or Joan Rivers, except she's taken a more direct hit at pop-culture celebrity," said Kimber Rickabaugh, one of the executive producers of the special. "And it works because it speaks to who we are as a society today. We're fascinated by reality television, by celebrity culture. People didn't care about that stuff 30 years ago. Celebrities have taken over pop culture. And she is here to keep them in check."

And no one's immune in her latest special -- from Palin to longtime rival Elizabeth Hasselbeck to Tiger Woods and the ladies of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Even the dames featured on TLC's "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" are a target.

"I have an open-door policy," Griffin said. "No one's safe. I really do my stand-up act based on whatever I think is funny and what I'm hearing at the water cooler. Those toothless ladies who didn't know they were pregnant ... they're all the water-cooler rage."

For more on Griffin, check out Tuesday's Calendar story and/or check out the video below. If you're in the L.A.-area, Griffin will be taking her stand-up act to the Gibson Amphitheatre in December.

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Comedian Kathy Griffin performs at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times