What the: Comedian Kathy Griffin adding an Ottawa stop

Kathy Griffin. Photo: Tyler Shields

Comedian Kathy Griffin was shunned by friends and colleagues, banished from TV and hounded by the U.S. Secret Service for a picture showing her holding Donald Trumps severed head. But now she’s back on the stage with what she’s calling her Laugh Your Head Off tour. And Ottawa is one of the stops.

Griffin will be in the capital on May 23 in the NAC’s Babs Asper Theatre. The show begins her North American tour.

The image that cost her work on CNN as the co-host of the New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper has been turned into an opportunity for stand-up by the acerbic and apparently fearless comedian.

“Donald Trump will not survive the live and hilarious indictment I will be bringing down on his orange head.  Did I say head?” Griffin says in a media release announcing her tour. “To all of you in North America who have been sending so much love and support, now’s your chance to show it. … We will talk about THE photo that sparked a conversation around the world, how my mom Maggie still watches Fox News and thinks I might be in ISIS, and I’ll even walk you through my interrogation by the feds.”

Tickets are on sale at noon.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.