Producers

Kathy's Executive Producer reveals the dangers of shooting this week's episode and why Levi is so likeable.

Jun 29, 20100

Levi Johnston wanted to take Kathy ice fishing. Great idea. What’s funnier than seeing Kathy poke a hole in the ice with her “main squeeze” to get a real taste of dating in Wasilla? So, off we went to Lake What-the-Hell to drill into the ice and fish for whatever lives underwater in March. Before we knew it, Kathy was in Levi’s truck and the D-List production crew was following close behind in a rental van, until … we stopped. We were driving off the road and heading straight for the bank of the frozen lake. What?! Logic told me that maybe I shouldn’t have driven a crew of 12 in a van onto an unmarked lake that “looks” frozen. We hear the comforting “everybody does it” from Levi and his buddy. “The ice is over three feet thick.” How far? About a quarter mile. Oookay…

Not wanting to seem like a hopeless city boy, but not wanting to die like Leonardo in Titanic, I figured there had to be a better way. There wasn’t. If we walked our cameras to the fishing spot, we’d be there after nightfall – not to mention frozen solid. Luckily, the Bravo photographer was following our van in a small, four-wheel drive car, so we sent just the essential crew (camera, sound and yours truly) in his far tougher and lighter Subaru and left the van along with the extra crew on shore. 

Kathy had a blast with Levi, trying out the ice drill and snow machining back to Wasilla. As for the crew, we were delighted to get the shot and even more delighted not to hear the dreaded crack/splash combo that would have meant the ice might not be as frozen as Levi suspected.

Two other moments stood out from our time on the ice. The first was when, in the middle of shooting, Levi walked around to the far side of the truck and peed. He was fully microphoned and surrounded by crew, Kathy, and Team Griffin -- and he could not have cared less. The ice ran yellow from under the truck and Kathy ran over and started laughing. You gotta admire Levi. He’s an Alaskan boy through-and-through. He didn’t do it to be funny, or get our attention, or be rude in any way. He just had to pee and that’s what you do in the middle of nowhere when you gotta go.

The other funny moment was watching Kathy ride on the back of Levi’s snow machine (also called a snow mobile in the 48 contiguous states). Kathy was holding on for dear life with her arms around Levi’s waist. Again, with no regard for the cameras (or Kathy’s neck), Levi did like he always does and gunned it. Kathy’s head snapped back like a doll’s and off they went.  They raced off, skidding and zooming until they were as small as a dot. I was picturing what I would say in my testimony at the inquiry following Kathy’s untimely demise but, once again, everything was fine.  Kathy laughed her ass off and I guess that subzero weather must counteract the usual causes of whiplash because she was A-OK. There’s a reason why Kathy has taken to Levi, and when you meet him, you realize why. He’s the real deal. He loves playing, huntin’, and fishin’ ... and the occasional … well, what happens in Wasilla, stays in Wasilla. 

26 comments
corine
corine

OMG....I just made a post on my fb wall...here's what it said...."gee...Kathy Griffin's mom drinks wine from a box too....so there!!!!!".....wonder if it's Carlo Rossi...cuz that's what I drink!!!....I JUST LOVE THIS SHOW!!!...I just love that she always has her chardonnay in "the ready"....I CAN SO RELATE!!!!

nursejackie
nursejackie

Great episode- I am Kathy's biggest non-gay fan!! I just read the new book- but I still don't know what happened to Kathy's previous assistant??

TLemm
TLemm

Kathy...I have a great idea for your mom. Called Tour de Franzia. We did it when I was in college and it was a huge hit. I'll sum it up for you...13 kinds of box wine and a whole lot of fun. It would be great for Maggie and team Griffin (I know they like to party) Let me know if you want any details or I'll just take credit if I see it on the show :)

Viewer Pamela Wells
Viewer Pamela Wells

I bought your book last week. Today, being the last day of my rare 3-day holiday (4th of July), I had INTENDED to get a lot done. HOWEVER! Once I really began digging deep into your book, I could NOT put it down! Damn! It was SO good!

You have worked SO hard to get where you are. You are amazing. You deserve fame, fortune, and all the goodies in the world!

You used to live in Santa Monica? My home town! Wow!

Thanks, Kathy, for never giving up. As I said, you are AMAZING.

Danny T
Danny T

the wasilla, alaska, tour episode -- was very funny. good job BRAVO. i don't understand how some people did not see the humor.

gotta say, i have a new respect for levi J. some of his reactions were spot on. however, he is young -- so young. i feel like he handled himself well, considering all that he's been through in the past few years. thoroughly entertaining show, kathy! keep it UP!

AKWoman
AKWoman

Well, after attending Kathy's live show in Anchorage, I was waiting with anticipation with D List show. There were some good things and not so accurate things... Also, gotta say, I was at her show, and as far as the Sarah-bashing, it was not all meant with cheers as shown.

Lorri
Lorri

Kathy, You have to be one of the funniest comedians right now. I watch your show and you crack me up all of the time. I believe you have reached the A list, but I like you on the D list. Give your Mom a big kiss from another wine lover.

FanDaisy
FanDaisy

This episode cracked my sister and I up so much! It was hilarious! Im disappointed you guys edited out the part where Levi urinated in the back of the truck...that would have been awesome!! This season has been great so far, as per usual.

I also want to add, that I think its great that Kathy has helped Levi see the light when it comes to welcoming the unknown and REAL justice and equality for ALL.

Way to go Kathleen... on many fronts!!!

Kathleen817
Kathleen817

I thought that had to be of the funniest d-list shows I have ever seen. My daughter and I watched many times and each time just laughed and laughed. Levi was not what I expected from media coverage of his life, this really changed my outlook about him. Look forward to every show

1HAIRCHICK
1HAIRCHICK

Kathy, Thank you so much for all that you are! I know that sounds cheesy but, I need to laugh at the end of a crapy day. I know I can count on you....you are my SUNSHINE (: Thanks Kathy, I LUV U !!!!

grammyinfl
grammyinfl

Kathy you are one funny lady. Keep us laughing and we will keep watching and waiting for you to get more well deserved awards. You crack me up girl friend!!!

buddy
buddy

Now why didnt someone give me a call when you were in Wasilla. And from the pics it looks like lake lucille. Next time in Wasilla let me know.

Raz ma Taz
Raz ma Taz

Kathy wasn't even on my radar two weeks ago.Then boom!I woke up from a nap and saw a Kathy on the D list show...flippin great!I laughed so hard and loud!I'm sure my neighbors thought something sinister was going on as I yelled,"No!Oh my god,No!"I haven't laughed so hard in years.And now, I'm on Kathy Griffin overload.After all, I love gays, I love Liza Minelli, and I love Kathy's sarcastic humor.I can relate to having an alcoholic mom saying,"pour me a drink."Tip it! and raise the bars...I mean 'bar', Kathy!Love you, love it, love you!Well, I have to go and watch more of Kathy...later!xox

Miatay
Miatay

Jeff Lewis said he would love to makeover your house on an episode of Watch What happens...Why didnt Jeff get the job?

RacyChasey
RacyChasey

Oops, forgot to mention, Googled up Levi's Playboy and well Kathy, he may not be the brightest crayon but whew, Palin's daughter picked a hot one to F>>> well you know. Exited to see your house, Love you...

XOXO Your Gay (1 of many)

RacyChasey
RacyChasey

It may have been a little political for me, and levi may have been a little um, challenged but i enjoyed it. I really peed my pants though im not sure if thats laughing my ass off the whole time, or not going to pee in the last 3 hours of Kathy time. Just caught up with season 6 and cant wait for more...Alaska, LOVE IT OR SUCK IT!

T Ann
T Ann

I'm blown away by the show this season! The scenarios, the editing, the captions, the characters - pure brilliance! And Kathy is amazing. Our girl has fully come into her own and I only see her getting better and better with time...Rock on my redhead sister!

Kurt Barrie
Kurt Barrie

Kathy,

This is your most FABULOUS GAY FAN from PALM SPRINGS! You are so fun, why couldn't you be a gay man? Well,uh, I mean a gay man in a gay body? It's been a hard year here, thanks to that idiot George Bush our economy has tanked, I guess that stupid trickle down economics plan of there's worked. Now how do we get it to trickle back up?

Anyway, I wanted to come see you when you performed here but they wouldn't take food stamps, or blue chips. But I watch all your shows and really love all your work, more important, your wisdom. I appreciate your left wing mindset, and compassion. You rock. If you come back to Palm Springs I'll be the poor gay guy thumbing through the newspaper the next day to find out what happened at your show. Or I'll be hangin out over at the new affordable housing units the Republicans are building called Whitewater jail. Yeah, thats there affordable housing plan, more jails. Go figure.

Anyway, love your show, Levi is HOT HOT HOT, you have lots of love here. We love ya

Your fav gay in Palm Springs

Kurt Barrie KurtBarrie@hotmail.com http://kurtbarrie.spaces.live.com

Damon H.
Damon H.

Don't care about Levi or Sara plain, but would very much like to meet Tiffany. You are more then welcome to contact me regarding how I can meet Tiffany. Thanks,

greatttttttttttt
greatttttttttttt

that was so funny..... way to go team griffin, and all of the people in the show. i loved and laughed every second of it.

JBose
JBose

That was a great episode, loved Levi eventhough I shouldn't (;

Gloria Reyes-Moore
Gloria Reyes-Moore

I enjoyed last nights show so much I laughed & laughed some more! its was so cute,w ith kathy & her 'Levi' awwwww ( hope its not 'real' though)? quite a 'team' they were. Kathy you are amazing! you are so adorable, just so cute & funny and fabulous too! love you love you love you! :)

Desanne
Desanne

Okay come on.....You can't be serious and think that this episode was funny. I enjoy Kathy and find me peeing in my pants almost every episode but this one was so boring...Very disappointing. It felt more like Kathy just wanted to take a political stance and forgot about the entertainment part. Levi showed nothing but a boring dumb idiotic personality. I mean Kathy come one show a little class like we all know your mother taught you. I am not saying become a FOX news fan but seriously hanging out with Levi...you can find better entertainment than that...Thanks D

Heidi Christensen
Heidi Christensen

I love Kathy and everything she does makes me laugh. I wish I could have seen her in Alaska. Thank you for making me laugh all these years.

~Heidi

Stacy A.
Stacy A.

Kathy you are hilaious! My favorite part was when you knocked at that dumb a** Palin's front door. I'm sure that got a rise out of her even though she's probably still clueless that it was you, like she always is.

beentoalaska
beentoalaska

Now why wouldn't the mayor of Wasilla want to meet with Kathy Griffin and get on national TV? Well, likely because he doesn't want to offend Sarah, who technically has an address in Wasilla now but doesn't spend much time there anymore. Do have any behind the scenes info you are willing to dish here re. the mayor's no-show? I thought the episode was hilarious, btw.