Yesterday, we headed to Uncasville to see Kathy Griffin at Mohegan Sun Casino. The signs at Mohegan Sun celebrate their 10th anniversary. Their Cabaret isn’t quite that old, but this was still our first time there.
What a beautiful theater. Really. It is spacious and esthetically pleasing. It’s probably the prettiest modern theater I’ve been in.
On top of that, people were sitting in ‘easy chairs.’ This is not a ‘jam ‘em in’ casino showroom.
I do have one complaint… I’ll get to that in a while.
I’ve always enjoyed Kathy Griffin. She’s very funny – a take no prisoners comedian whose act is heavily based on dishing celebrities.
I’ve seen her stand-up a lot. I haven’t seen as much of her reality show, which is a shame since some of her act referenced it.
For whatever reason, I went to the show thinking Kathy was the ‘modern’ Joan Rivers. After all, Joan has always made fun of celebrities.
My error. Kathy Griffin doesn’t tell jokes. She makes observations. But they’re spot on and hysterical. She was funny for the whole 90 minute show.
Oprah¹, Larry King and Liz Taylor got nicked pretty good. So did some names more easily reachable. It’s difficult to think Clay Aiken, Linsday Lohan or any number of high profile celebs would give her the time of day… but they do. And so there’s more and more to say.
What struck me is, so many of Kathy’s observations are my observations. Many celebrities really do live lives with feet of clay. And, when introduced as universal experiences, they’re funny because they’re ludicrous.
Oh – I said there was one thing that bothered me, and it was the drink service. In a venue like this, service goes on during the show. I accept that. However, shouldn’t the waitresses make some attempt to keep it down while a comedian is on stage?
¹ – I wish someone would have told Kathy that Gayle King was a high profile news anchor in Connecticut until a few years ago.