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Kathy Griffin to headline Constitution Hall

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Simply stated, Kathy Griffin is very much looking forward to performing in Washington this weekend.

"Are you kidding? This is a dream for me to be in D.C. three weeks before the election," Griffin said. "I love D.C. as a comedy city. It is a dream comedy city. You've got smart people, you've got gay people, you've got soccer moms that are also super-smart and have great jobs. It is a comedy city dream truly because as a comedian that's what you want. You want people that really have seen it all, and congratulations, in your city, there's nothing they haven't seen."

Griffin performs at the DAR Constitution Hall on Friday.

The comedienne, best know for skewering celebrities and putting pseudo-celebrities in their place through her stand-up routine, said she sees some apathy when it comes to the 2012 election. Though it's hard to top the characters from four years ago, particularly vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Onstage
Kathy Griffin
» Where: DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW
» When: 8 p.m. Friday
» Info: $60 to $74.50; 202-628-4780; dar.org/conthall

"Not only did I have Palin, but I will always have Palin," Griffin said. "What I didn't know is that the Palins are just the Kardashians. All they want to do is be on reality shows. All they need to do is move into that Kardashian house and start doing 'Keeping Up With the Palins.' "

Not that the 2012 election is a comedic wasteland.

"Certainly nobody is off the table, Romney or Obama," Griffin said. "There's always something you can point out about a politician that's either ridiculous that they said themselves, that comes out of their own mouths, or something that is relatable to people. They're all funny in some way, they all represent something."

Following her successful reality show "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List," which concluded its six-season run on Bravo in 2010, Griffin has hardly slowed down. In 2011 alone she released four stand-up specials.

"As a female comedian, I have an ax to grind, which is I want to work harder and jump higher than the boys," she said. "I really like to generate a ton of material. I can't help myself. I enjoy touring more than anything. There's nothing like the freedom of a live audience, especially in a city like D.C. Everything is on the table. There's no network sensor; there's no seven-second delay button. I love the live experience. There's nothing like the experience of going to see a live performer. It's not in a two-minute YouTube bite. There's no TV commercials, and no one is going to bleep me. It's on. It's show time."

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