Comedians get their material from dark places, such as loneliness, anxiety, or the crawlspace where they keep their joke file. Lighten up with a last chance at this GrouponLive deal.
- $35 for one ticket to see Kathy Griffin (up to a $64.61 value)
- When: Friday, September 13, at 7 p.m.
- Where: The Riverside Theater
- Seating: floor or balcony sections
- Door time: 6 p.m..
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click to view the seating chart.<p>
The resumé of actress and comedian Kathy Griffin sparkles with awards and honors. Across a decades-long career, she has garnered two Emmys for her Bravo show My Life on the D-List, four Grammy nominations for her comedy albums, countless standup specials, and performances on television shows such as Suddenly Susan. A longtime Los Angeles resident and alumna of famed improv group The Groundlings, Griffin perches on the edge of the Hollywood in-crowd, allowing her to skewer stars’ foibles and excesses using firsthand observations and a scandalously wicked sense of humor.
She’s as hardworking as she is gleefully loudmouthed, working as fast as the cable-news cycle spins to generate new material—last year alone, she created four standup specials for Bravo and debuted a new talk show, Kathy. Live onstage, she told Creative Loafing Atlanta, “I can give the behind-the-scenes stuff from the Kathy show, the stuff Bravo won’t let me talk about . . . My show is highly improvisational and I basically do standup until I get arrested.”<p>
The Riverside Theater
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s lavish drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.<p>
Captain Frederick Pabst contributed to Milwaukee’s status as a cultural landmark of the upper Midwest by building Pabst Theater, formally known as Das Neue Deutsche Stadt-Theater, in 1895. According to legend, when he was informed that his theater had burned to the ground, the brewing magnate interrupted his European vacation to wire home the order to “Rebuild at once!”—and 11 months later, the stage was completed anew. Where the old theater honored German artists by having their names inscribed along the cornice of the auditorium, the new building featured an international consortium of cultural notables. The theater’s globe-spanning influences were made even more apparent with the installation of an Austrian crystal chandelier and an Italian marble staircase.
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