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A Tony? Miami-bound Kathy Griffin wants a Pulitzer!

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Fresh off a one-week stint on The Gay White Way, Kathy Griffin appears Monday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. "You can literally say, ‘Straight from Broadway,''' cracks the D List diva.

"I really, truly did 10 shows in eight days," Griffin said by phone from Los Angeles, just after wrapping Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony at the Belasco Theatre. "I really did make every show different. That’s what I like to do and it’s like this little challenge. What I really like is that the people who’ve been coming to see me over these years, they know for a fact every time they come to see me it’s going to be all new material."

She promises a mostly new show in Miami. "I’ll take some of the stuff from Broadway because, let’s face it, it was a freakin’ week ago. But on the other hand who knows what Lindsay Lohan or Charlie Sheen or Sarah Palin will have done even between this phone call and then when I do my show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. I always call it the Carnival Building. Was it ever called that?"

Yes, the performing arts center was once known as the Carnival -- until Adrienne Arsht's $30 million donation.

"OK, well guess what?'' Griffin says "I’m going to give $31 million and it’s going to be called Kathy Griffin’s Suck-it Hall. OK, granted, I know you can’t print that in a real paper which is what you work for. Then we’ll call it Kathy Griffins’ Offensive Jamboree."

Griffin says she's certain this interview will win a Pulitzer Prize.

"You can have your Pulitzer first, but I’m going to get it soon afterwards," Griffin says. "For my investigative journalism and in-depth reporting of the Lohan family, or whatever Congressman has taken a picture of himself with his shirt off."

Griffin says she can't figure out why U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee, R-NY, quit the same day shirtless pictures of himself surfaced on Craig's List.

"I don’t see the problem," she says. "I think that when you’re married -- and a Congressman -- you should feel free to go on Craig’s List with a picture of your awesome biceps and your cellphone and have a nice afternoon, without everyone coming down on you so hard."

IF YOU GO

Kathy Griffin appears 8 p.m. Monday, March 28, at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. Remaining tickets are $49 and $79. Click here to purchase or for more information.

Notes Griffin: "In your article please say 'For mature audiences.' There are a lot of pussy jokes, a lot of dick jokes. It’s very offensive. Leave the kids at home. It’s going to be fun for 7 year olds.''

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