Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman (2006)

Another hilarious special from the fast-talking comedian, “Strong Black Woman” is not unlike her previous specials “Allegedly” and “Kathy Griffin is Not Nicole Kidman”: Going over many of the same topics, from a variety of gay-culture-adjacent anecdotes like meeting Celine Dion backstage at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, or discussing her divorce, Griffin has no need for a memorized routine, instead delivering rapid-fire non-sequiturs like nothing could be more fun. Her audience here is just as engaged with her as she is with them, and the performance ends on a hilarious story about taking her dogs on the road with her that has the audience in stitches from beginning to end. This is likely her most famous special, and it’s not hard to see why.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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