From the Producer's Podium

Producer/Panelist Michelle Collins gives you an insider's look into the wonders of the craft services table.

May 17, 20120

Ahh, the sweet, anonymous embrace of the internet. How I’ve missed you. Those of you unfamilz (internet speak for unfamiliar) with me, a quick intro: I’m Michelle Collins, the tall lady with bangs and eyeliner who sometimes appears on Kathy as one of her “civilian panelists.” But what you may not know about me is that when I’m not finding the perfect sequined tunic to wear alongside the always elegant Ms. Griffin (that sound you just heard was the boss bonus points rolling in), I actually work behind-the-scenes as a producer on the show. Seeing as I’ve spent the last 6 years of my life blogging for a living, you can imagine how different things are for me now. The main difference being I put pants on during the day.

But enough about me!* (*No such thing.) Today, I want to take you deep into the glamorous world of working on a big budget television show. I can’t lie: It’s pretty amazing. And my fellow co-workers agree. In fact, just the other day I took an informal Kathy office survey asking folks what their favorite part of the show is. And while I got a bunch of answers -– being creative, the camaraderie of working with one another and with a legend like Kathy Griffin, the pride we take in seeing our hard work come to life –- there was one thing, one glorious thing, that we all agreed made working here at Kathy well-worth our time:

The Craft Services Table.

Food, y’all. You need it. You love it. And here at Kathy, we get it. Once a week. For free. I know. #HOLLYWOOD

Starting in the afternoon of tape day, our beautiful cornucopia of processed foods and dips present themselves to us in the studio, courtesy of Daniel, the lovely gentleman who procures these delights to us throughout the day. “Crafty,” as we in the biz refer to the table, is our office water cooler, where all the employees gather round to gossip, joke, and eat cubes of cheese and peanut butter cups and other things I would never buy for the house but will line my gums with if given the option.

11 comments
sm1else
sm1else

OK, Michelle.   Listen up.  You are one of the funniest people ever.  I will make the trek to LA for a live KATHY taping and I will send the most inappropriate (especially for a gay guy) gestures of esteem your way.  Hopefully you will see it as the compliment it is and we will have late night breakfast together followed by hair-of-the-dog brunch.

TallPaul
TallPaul

Dear Michelle,

 

I was home last night and finally caught the Kathy Show. I've seen her live maybe 4-5 times in SF and Fresno. However, I had never seen you before and you are just adorable! This from a 6'4" str8 man in SF! Keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing more of you having fun with Kathy.

 

Regards,

 

Paul

AnnetteFun
AnnetteFun

I love Kathy, LOVED the "D-List", but not this new show. First, there is too much focus on her Mom, and while I'm sure there are vocal fans who like seeing her, I don't think the majority of fans want her constant presence and all the box-o'-wine anecdotes, which are getting tiresome. Second, the random civilians aren't funny. Thirdly, the topics -- oyyyy, the "Fragrance Awards"??? I had to change the channel....it really doesn't hold my interest at all. Would much prefer the D-List or just her stand-up specials.

Team Andy
Team Andy

Love this show! I would expand Kathy's monologue - that's the best part. The civilians are ok...but she is much funnier on her own. Love the funny videos.

mary roberts
mary roberts

I really really love Kathy. It just seems this show hasn't got it's mojo yet. I think it will get there if they keep it on the air long enough. The one thing I do not get is the intro song. Maybe I'm not smart enough but it is so stupid. Shorten that thing. I rather watch Kathy than that. Good luck to you guys.

denb
denb

What has happened? Kathy used to be funny when she would make comments about celebrities being a fat, puffy, crack whore. But on this new program she is not funny. All she is doing is swearing. The outrageous, unexpected comments are what she does the best. This show is just off the cuff swearing.

Viewerwendy davis
Viewerwendy davis

its true, kathy says evrything i think and way more. i think shes brilliant and beautiful too!!.. hope she comes to tacoma.

blm
blm

Kathy,i luv the color of your hair on tonights show.i color mine strawberry blond. kinda looks like your color.we luv lexie from oc.she is jesus barbie and she is why we watch the oc.they need new housewives show called.the real housewives of faith.alexis bellino and jill zaran being jewish and 3 or 4 more new housewives it would be cool.good luck to you! print for K.G.please.

piperoni
piperoni

I had never watched Kathy yet.we had heard she was talking alot about are favorite housewive jesus barbie.we watched and if she is getting talked about. she is relevent and matters.i think on Alexis twitter she said thank you to kathy for speaking of her.it sure does have peoples attention.some of the oc housewives are so obsessed with the sweet kind hearted lexie.print for Kathy please bravo.thank you!

10ringjulie
10ringjulie

I too love everything Kathy! Thanks for making me laugh. Keep the jokes coming about that dumb phony poser love child of witchy poo and a duck Alexis Bellino.

laughingmyassoff
laughingmyassoff

I LOVE this show. I am peeing my pants. Kathy is awesome. Please do not EVER CXL this show!!!