Although ultra-frank and in-your-face comedian Kathy Griffin has never been one to shy away from courting controversy, she faced the biggest fallout of her career when she was deemed as crossing the line after taking aim at U.S. President Donald Trump.
With her reality TV show My Life on the D-List, Griffin built up her career upon a persona of being a Hollywood outsider who spilled the beans on celebrities, told it like it is, and never appeared afraid to rub people the wrong (yet cheerful) way.
She had previously faced criticism in 2007 when she exclaimed, "Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!", in her acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards after winning the award for best reality TV show. She also talked about being banned from talk shows, such as The View or The Tonight Show, or joked about being fired.
But in May 2017, she shot a video with photographer Tyler Shields that depicted her holding up a bloody, decapitated head of Trump.
That infamous photo sparked widespread outrage and backlash.
In addition to criticism from the Trump family, she was dumped from her annual New Year's Eve gig on CNN with her former BFF Anderson Cooper, and had her shows cancelled by comedy venues.
She was also placed on the no-fly list while she was under investigation by the Secret Service, and even received death threats.
Although she broke her policy of never apologizing for a joke with a tearful, full-blown mea cupla, she later raised her proverbial middle finger by retracting that apology.
Griffin had explained that the image was a critique of Trump's statements about Fox News host Megyn Kelly during the 2015 Republican debate when Kelly grilled Trump about his sexist and misogynistic comments about women.
"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever," he had stated of Kelly.
However, the sweeping condemnation of Griffin meant she was unable to tour in the U.S. Consequently, Griffin went overseas to perform in places such as the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia.
However, she returned to the U.S. stage in October 2017, when she performed in Los Angeles wearing—what else—a Donald Trump mask.
She's launching the North American dates of her comeback tour, cheekily titled the Laugh Your Head Off World Tour, in Canada, with her first date in Toronto on May 25.
She'll also perform at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre on June 2 (pre-sale tickets are available now), before she continues on to the United States. She last performed in Metro Vancouver in 2009 at Richmond's River Rock Casino, which was filmed for My Life on the D-List.
“Donald Trump will not survive the live and hilarious indictment I will be bringing down on his orange head. Did I say head?” Griffin stated in a news release for the tour. "You’re gonna get the whole story. We will talk about the photo that sparked a conversation around the world, how my mom Maggie still watches Fox News and thinks I might be in ISIS, and hell, I’ll even walk you through my interrogation by the feds....Oh, and did I mention that my next door neighbors during this whole ordeal are none other than Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye Kardashian-West?”More