Mark your calendar: Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin will be in town May 28

No sooner had we announced the upcoming April performance by motor-mouthed comedian Lisa Lampanelli than word arrived of another big-time female comic's appearance in town.

Kathy Griffin will appear Saturday, May 28 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

Griffin, who published a (sort of) memoir, Official Book Club Selection, in 2009, is a familiar face to TV viewers for, among other things, her (sort of) reality series My Life on the D List. She's had 13 HBO and cable specials since 1996.

A polarizing comedian, she's no favorite of the conservative Republican crowd, particularly for her snarky verbal jabs at Sarah Palin and her children.

Like so many people, I only knew Griffin from television, where I found her more than a little annoying. About four years ago, however, I was in the audience at one of her live shows. And I don't think I've ever laughed so hard, before or since.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at

@ And there's more comedy at the Mercer: Ricky Smiley returns with his "And Friends" laugh-a-palooza Saturday, April 9. Tickets are available now at, for $38 and $45. Smiley, of course, is a popular morning-show host on FM radio, known for his prank-call voices. It airs on WEAS, 93.1 in Savannah.

Fiddlin' great

On March 11, the Savannah Folk Music Society is bringing in renowned Appalachian fiddler Bruce Molsky for a show at First Presbyterian Church. Born in the Bronx, Molsky moved to Virginia in his teens and studying under the old-time masters. According to Mark O'Connor, Molsky has "a mystical awareness of how to bring out the new in something that is old." Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $10 general public, $8 for SFMS members and $5 for children and students, at the door.

Bonnaroo announced

The Bonnaroo Festival, June 9-12 in Manchester, Tenn., has a lineup that'll make your brain swim: Arcade Fire, Eminem, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, The Decemberists, Robert Plant, Alison Krause, Ray LaMontagne, Mumford & Sons, Scissor Sisters, Lil Wayne, Iron & Wine, Primus, Widespread Panic ... and, for old fellas like me who buried their heads in the ‘60s and never gave up hope, a reunion of Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay as Buffalo Springfield. There's more, too, and you can get all the pertinents at




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Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung was Connect's Arts & Entertainment Editor from May 2009 to August 2014.
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