Kathy Griffin Belongs on the Radio

Posted on July 29, 2011

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I know radio’s history is littered with examples of stand-up comedians who failed miserably as hosts.

But having watched a number of her stand-up specials on Bravo, I am completely convinced Kathy Griffin could defy the odds.

Here’s why:

1)  Successful hosts aren’t for everyone:  Griffin knows who her fans are and what they want to hear. She consistently hits on many of the same themes each time she’s on stage: celebrity gossip, her irish-catholic background and a touch of liberal politics. That’s what her fans expect and she always delivers.

2)  Successful hosts are connected: A good chunk of Griffin’s stand-up material comes from being invited to star-studded celebrity events, the details of which she dutifully reports back to her fans. Her Rolodex would yield a steady stream of celebrity guests which is exactly what her fans would want.

3) Successful hosts tell great stories: On stage Griffin paint’s vivid pictures of her experiences regardless of whether she’s describing Whitney Houston’s bizarre behavior at a party or an encounter with her box wine-loving mother. She has a great eye for the details that help her fans visualize the action.

4) Successful hosts have opinions: There are celebrities Griffin likes and others that she doesn’t and she’s not afraid to say so. She’s more concerned with entertaining her audience than pandering to the Hollywood community.

When you think about it, that’s a good four-point formula for a host:

  • Understands their audience
  • Is connected in the community
  • Tells stories that capture the audience’s attention
  • Isn’t afraid to have opinions.

Take a minute and consider whether your show is lacking in any of these areas. If it is I would suggest calling a mechanic.

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