Kathy Griffin: Allegedly (2004)

This is one of the outspoken comedian’s best routines. Although she occasionally rambles and forgets to finish her stories, Kathy Griffin seems completely at ease here, interacting with the enthralled audience as though this were a night out together instead of a professional comedy recording. It’s precisely that approachability mixed with Hollywood insider tidbits that have always made Griffin a standout performer, not to mention her uncanny ability to deliver an entire routine seemingly without structure or planning, which gives the whole show an electrifying “anything can happen” vibe from beginning to end. Most of her stories are hilarious here, but none are better than her recounting her experiences attending former “Suddenly Susan” castmate Brooke Shields’s wedding.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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