You have to be fast to get a word in when talking to Kathy Griffin, who is making her eighth appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Saturday.
On an 80-city comedy tour, the inexhaustible comic promises two hours of new material including musings on her personal run-ins with Donald Trump and the backstage dirt she’s famous for. Her recent encounters include Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio.
You have to interrupt her to get in a question. She talks as fast as she does on stage.
She Googled me. She knew I write the “5 things to do under $5” list each week and wanted to be clear that people wouldn’t get in free to her show if they wear a toga, like an event I wrote about last week. She knows the Tampa Bay Times has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes, she said, quoting the banner on the TampaBay.com home page.
I had to stop her mid-sentence to ask why she loves Clearwater so much.
She said the area’s “Sci-Ties,” what she calls members of the Church of Scientology, are a plus. She poked fun at the church’s celebrity followers like John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. She pointed to the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, who hasn’t made a public appearances since 2007.
“I’m going to bring Shelly Miscavige with me in the trunk of my car,” she said.
With two Emmys, a Grammy and a record-setting number of TV specials under her belt, 55-year-old Griffin has superhuman focus. This talk was a sales call for her “Like a Boss” tour, making four stops in Florida in April.
Have the Scientologists really shown up in her past seven Clearwater visits?
“Scientologists have never really done anything except wait for me outside,” Griffin said, adding that she wished them luck on their trip to Pluto. “But I think Sci-Ties secretly show up. Kirstie Alley and the rest, they like a good laugh as much as anybody.
“I would not be surprised to find John Travolta disguised in a wig in the audience, and I do not mean the wig he’s wearing to play Robert Shapiro in the most bizarre performance I’ve ever seen.”
She was talking about Travolta’s role on FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. It’s one of several of-the-moment topics she keeps updating in her constantly evolving show.
She changes her act so much she had three distinct stand-up specials in 2013. That year, she made her 20th special and landed a Guinness World Record for “Most Televised Stand-Up Specials by a Comedian.”
After making a career of ratting out the private behavior of pop culture figures, Griffin finds herself in the rare position of having some inside dirt on a presidential candidate.
“Not only do I know Donald Trump — and I say that with shame — I have known him for years,” she said in the conspiratorial, gossipy style she uses to draw in audiences. “I’m not Steve Schmidt (a political operative and pundit). I’m not a real reporter. So it’s odd that I would get to be ringside and be personally able to be an amateur whistle blower.
“I have personal Donald Trump stories that are going to blow your mind… This really is the best and most dangerous year for comedy I can recall.”
This is a sales call, remember. You have to buy a ticket to get the stories.
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If you go
Kathy Griffin: The comedian returns for her eighth visit to Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets: $52.50-$103.75 at rutheckerdhall.com. (727) 791-7400.
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John Travolta is such a naughty diva!
The source reveals that amongst his requirements;
Every hotel room he checks into comes complete with a male masseur.
And that the windows must be blacked out with “aluminum foil and dark curtains”.
And he brings his own sheets.
And the room also has to be vacant for 24 hours so that he is not forced to inhale the scents of previous guests.
Just days ago, The National Enquirer interviewed a male massage therapist named Edwardwho claims to have had a ‘gay tryst’ with the Grease legend. He dished that he gave Travolta a ‘happy ending’ and even had sex with another A-list star in 2011. Sadly, Eddie didn’t cough up the other name though.
If it looks like a duck…
Rumors of Travolta’s sexuality have been circulating from way back, and full on claims have been out in the open after a number of lawsuits were filed against the Pulp Fiction actor.
In 2012, two men sued Travolta for sexual battery lawsuits in court—both men were represented by high profile attorney Gloria Allred.
The first man, known simply as Jon Doe 1, claimed that Travolta groped him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in January 2012, the same month that the second alleged victim claimed the actor groped him at a hotel in Atlanta.
Official court documents state alleged victim number 2 claims;
“Travolta suddenly turned on his stomach with his legs wide open with a full erection. He then tried to force Doe Plaintiff No. 2′s hand on Travolta’s scrotum.
Then, Travolta started to grab, rub and caress Doe Plaintiff no. 2′s upper thighs and buttocks.
Travolta still had an erection and wanted his abdominals done, but Travolta’s erection was in the way and he refused to have his penis covered by a sheet of a pillow case cover…Travolta started masturbating with about 15 minutes left in the session, and Doe Plaintiff No. 2, said he had to go.”
John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 eventually dropped their suits and Allred said:
“We believe that the lawsuit should be filed in another court and, therefore, the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice. We will be conferring with our client regarding what will happen next in this case.”
All at sea…
Three years prior to those claims, John was apparently getting freaky at on a cruise.
In 2009, Royal Caribbean International employee Fabian Zanzi accused Travolta of sexually harassing him.
In an Employee Discipline Form, which was obtained by TMZ, it claims;
“According to his own statement, Fabian proceeded to a guest stateroom to deliver a room service order as instructed by his supervisor. While in the stateroom the guest invited Fabian to take a seat to talk for a few minutes. Fabian accepted the offer and sat for a few minutes. When he stood up to leave the stateroom the guest asked him to give him a neck massage.
Fabian clearly stated that he did so shortly and then told the guest he needed to leave.”
From there, the encounter escalated. “According to Fabian, the guest then told him he was a beautiful person and invited him to return to visit him later that night. Fabian explained that he couldn’t do so due to the strict company policy and despite the fact that the guest insisted, he left the room.”
Travolta’s lawyer Marty Singer said at the time; ‘The incident report now confirms Mr. Zanzi fabricated his story about my client. He never stated that my client did anything wrong. Obviously, if he had engaged in any inappropriate conduct he would have reported it to his supervisors.”
Zanzi has since dropped the lawsuit.
That’s not all…
Plus of course there were the allegations from Travolta’s former pilot Douglas Gotterba that he and his boss had enjoyed a six year sexual relationship. A lawsuit around a confidentiality agreement between the pair was due to come to a head in a courtroom face off in July 2014, but was suddenly dropped just one week before the court date.
So far Travolta hasn’t commented on his purported rider requirements…
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FYI—we think the aluminium foil may be to prevent the sun’s rays affecting the wax and the weave?