From the Producer's Podium

Kathy's Talent Producer enlightens us on just how taxing it can be to find hot firemen.

Jun 28, 20120

When Kathy Griffin says, “I want three hot firemen on the show,” someone has to fold up their sleeves and be willing to do the truly rough work in the office. That person is me. That was a difficult week being a talent producer here on Kathy. I was touched by how many co-workers volunteered to step up and actually go with me on the painstaking mission of finding gorgeous men trained to wield a large hose.  But, as it was my responsibility to find them, I decided to bravely go about it on my own. It was an arduous task -- driving to multiple fire stations to meet, interview, and take shirtless photos of HOT firemen -- but after five painstaking days I found a few boyfriends. Eh… I mean panelists. Whether it be finding hot firemen, hot marines, or hot bachelors for Tiffany, being a talent producer is just like solving a jigsaw puzzle. A hot jigsaw puzzle. You have to turn over a lot of pieces, study them, and try and determine which pieces fit together to complete the whole picture.

A lot of people have asked how we find our “civilians.” One of our Kathy luminaries, Meredith Morris, is a talented Beverly Hills hair stylist, and also happens to be Tiffany’s roommate. Ryan ‘The Dogwalker’ Steckloff is in fact Kathy’s dogwalker.  So some of these folks are genuinely real, everyday people in Kathy’s world, and some we were just lucky to find! In our last episode of the season with Jimmy Kimmel (July 5th), one of our panelists is going to be a cashier from my local pharmacy. I first met Gail about four years ago when I randomly chose her register to casually put the loot from my basket on.  She immediately had an accessible, fun energy that warmed me, and when, from under the frizz-control hair conditioner, volumizing mascara, and spearmint gum, she saw a box of condoms, she did what no cashier has ever done -- she BUSTED me for them! “Oh girl,” she said, “You gonna have yourself a FUN weekend, aren’t ya?” I loved it! It was an authentic moment between women, and every time I go to that drugstore, Gail is my girl. She is vibrant, unique, and authentic, and on some occasions we dish about the celebrities on the magazine covers right there at her register. So when Kathy said she wanted civilians, Gail the first person I thought of, and I know she will be great on the show next week!

Now as many of you may know, Kathy put a moratorium on civilian-only panels, as she wanted to have some of her friends join her on the couch. Part of my responsibility of being a talent producer is that on our tape day I sort of serve as the host to all of our guests at the party that is Kathy. I set up the guests’ dressing rooms, see to it that their favorite snacks and drinks are there, greet them at their cars, walk them to their dressing rooms, consult on wardrobe, and always ensure that everyone (celebrity or civilian) is taken care of and feeling relaxed, confident, and comfortable. It was truly wonderful meeting the hilarious ladies, Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings, and this week we are honored to have Jane Fonda and Sharon Osbourne on Kathy.

11 comments
Just1Opinion2
Just1Opinion2

Never liked her humor never will. I cringe whenever she opens her mouth wondering what she will say that is rude and tacky. She tries so hard for a laugh that it is nerve wracking. Apparently someone finds her humor entertaining which is why she's still around. She just seems obnoxious and trying to hard.... Just one opinion.

FlutterBy
FlutterBy

My take on her show this season was ho hum mixed....when Lisa Kudrow could not stop laughing, i wanted to know the inside joke.....i could not believe a woman her age could be so giddy....either she inhaled or injected something before the show, i was sure of it....Jane Lynch was so serious she was funny, that is her thing, you either get it or you don't...i found myself wishing i could stomach Glee so that i could see more Jane Lynch......Right when I thought...."no way will i watch this season" ...Then comes the "prison scared straight" Kathy style....and it was on.....Kathy doing what Kathy does best....i laughed and laughed, and then I remembered why I get Kathy Griffins comedy...cuz beetch is Funnnn nayyy.....we love you Kathy, please do more Real HWs comedy.....that stuff is what comedy is all about...

suzannaintuckey
suzannaintuckey

I'm soooo not a fuddy duddy, but I sooo appreciate the "less raunchy" approach Kathy has taken for her show this new season. Her true talent really doe's shine through! The BEST of luck this season, Kathy and her hard working staff!!!

SailorDtr
SailorDtr

Kathy is the best THE BEST show on all of TELEVISION bar NONE.  I don't work for her, I live in Idaho, OK?  I love this show more than any other on tv, so the haters are graters on my nerves and can go to the tar pits or change the channel, hey, it's your choice.

realBitch_411
realBitch_411

is it just me or is kathy breaking her only rule for the show: no celebreties!!!

SailorDtr
SailorDtr

this was one of the best episodes yet, Jane Fonda is my personal hero as is Sharon Osborne.  You tell Jane Fonda that the fans went nuts for her appearance, for me, please.

banji
banji

We love Kathy! Her show with Anderson and now with Fonda was amazing! She is polishing up her show and I love watching her every Thursday night!

smallvoice
smallvoice

I don't know if the episode I am about to comment on is on the list off available blogs but, I don't have the time to look.  I was so angry at the episode where Kathy and her guests made fun of the "latest drug" of bath salts.  Before they were pulled off the shelves of the various stores that sold them a good man, who had helped me in one of my darkest of days, got hookd on them. Not only did he terroize his wife and 3 children with a gun but he killed the neighbor that came over to help. It is not a joke, it is not funny, it claims lives of good people and takes everyone around them down. I usually do not find Kathy offensive however, she really needs to think about her comic act before the show starts and think if at the end of the day if what she is joking about is something that wound not take the people that watch her show to the change of channel button on their remote.

StarShineSpeaks
StarShineSpeaks

I want to see a video clip of Jane Fonda saying the sexual peak of women is 60 or 70 because women know what they want. That was amazing. Please make that clip! Love the show :-)

Eva18
Eva18

 @StarShineSpeaks Knowing what I want has never been a problem. Getting it is the problem!