'Kathy' Attacked by Flu-monia

The staff opens up about the vicious attacks on their immune system.

One of the best things about working on Kathy is it’s a relatively small staff and we’re all pretty close. We spend long hours together, we start getting loopy around 3pm together, and yes, we have dance parties and drink matcha green tea together. One big happy family. Which is great!

Except when the flu is going around. When we came back from the holidays, we were in full swing for our Season 2 premiere and everything was fun and exciting. And some of us were sick! I’d gotten sick OVER the holidays, so I was fine, but one of our EPs Greg, our Associate Producer Cole, and Supervising Producer Blake were all sick. (I think, I can’t keep this straight anymore, everyone’s been sick.)

Luckily for them I get sore throats almost every week (why couldn’t they have just removed by tonsils when I was 8?) and am also a bit of a hypochondriac so I knew I’d be essential to everyone’s recovery. You see, I carry a bag of drugs with me almost everywhere –- but especially when traveling. So after my numerous plane rides in December, I had a pretty substantial gallon zip-lock bag filled with throat lozenges, zinc stuff, cough drops, mucus cough-up pills (their technical term), among other things.


Being the helpful co-worker I am, I made sure to bring the bag of drugs with me to our first live show and share with the group. I came in on Friday and Blake asked, “Did that bag o’drugs make it back here?” Not even realizing it was mine. And then before you knew it, I had a line in front of my desk for people to get their, well, drugs.

This was especially useful when both Producer Karen AND Associate Producer Briana were out sick during the week we had Chelsea Handler and Chris Noth on the show. Karen informed us on Monday she was diagnosed with the flu AND pneumonia. Naturally, I immediately googled what pneumonia actually was and we started referring to her condition as flu-monia.

You better believe everyone came RUNNING to me after we realized this was the kind of illness going around. Even now, I’ve been feeling vaguely on-the-verge-of-illness but luckily I have a bag of drugs to try to beat it out of me.

Now I just leave the bag out on my desk full-time. And the lovely “token straight” on staff even helped me re-stock it. (That’s Producer Shep A.K.A. the “This Just In” guy and the Football Expert.)

I hope this doesn’t mean I’d be a drug dealer…

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'Kathy' Meets 'The Price is Right'

The staff reveals the perks of working on the same lot as the iconic game show.

We have a pretty sweet office set up over here at Kathy. We have a fully-stocked kitchen (I mostly consume the office’s supply of coffee and Garden Salsa Sun Chips), I stare at a giant TV all day, I work with some pretty awesome people (we even had a lunch gathering on the couches the other day as a change of pace), and we just generally have a pretty great time together.

But this is only one of the places we spend most of our time. You see, we go to a whole different office set up to actually film the show. Everything’s crazy over there. It’s right by The Grove, it’s not walking distance to my apartment – mass hysteria!

So every Thursday we take our computer raisers that Campbell gifted us, pack up our bag filled with pens and sharpies (that might just be me), and move our power cords over to the studio. There we get to see fun pictures from past shows, a new set of guests’ names on dressing rooms, and eat even more free food. (And some of it is HOT!)We also get to walk through one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen: set pieces from The Price is Right. I mean, who doesn’t love that show? I can’t think of a sick day in my LIFE that I haven’t made sure to watch The Price is Right. So we have this surreal time every Thursday where we’re just walking through the set pieces. Sometimes an old wheel is out and we “ooh” and “ahh,” sometimes we can see the Pinnacle of Awesome (for me, anyway), which is, of course, Plinko.

Other people have seen celebrities on the lot, there to film something else. But not me. Just give me Kathy Griffin and some game show set pieces and I’m in heaven.

When I think of Cool Things I’ve Gotten to Do Because of My Job…this brief walk through game show and TV history is way up there.

Now if only I could be in a Showcase Showdown…

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