Friday, July 3, 2009 | 10 p.m.
OK, here's the thing:
Say you're Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated comedian Kathy Griffin, and you've just unveiled your own wax figure at Madame Tussauds the night before doing two back-to-back standup shows at Mandalay Bay. How do you make your entrance? Hmmm...
You got it: Griffin announced herself from the wings and had her wax doppleganger (remarkably lifelike, much like the omni-surgeried Griffin herself) wheeled onstage on a dolly.
"Who wants to f--- it?" Griffin challenged the cheering crowd. "Yeah, me too," Griffin said. "I'm gonna get a strap-on and... "
You get the picture. And that's about all I can legally print of the rest of Griffin's 90-minute plus first show Friday night, which was heavy on f-bombs, celebrity tattle-telling and rehashing of such Bravo reality shows as her own reality show "My Life on the D-List" and "The Real Housewives of Orange County through New Jersey," plus other tawdry tangents and dishy digressions.
When Griffin announced she was about to tell the tale of meeting Oprah's best friend Gayle King at an awards show, there was such a sudden, audible, simultaneous inhalation of breath by the crowd that the Mandalay Theatre momentarily became a vacuum. (Griffin has notoriously speculated about the nature of that relationship, just one reason she is "banned for life" from many talk shows.
"It's Vegas," Griffin said. "I feel like I can say anything... I hope I'm not wrong." But it turns out that even the fearlessly tasteless Griffin recognizes boundaries. After her replicant was wheeled offstage, Griffin noted that she had sat next to comic Wayne Brady on the flight to Vegas.
"He told me it was too soon to make Michael Jackson jokes," Griffin said. (She didn't.) It was that kind of night.