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Sept. 10, 2008

Hancher presents comedian Kathy Griffin Oct. 4 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Irreverent comedy sensation Kathy Griffin, fresh from the Emmy Awards broadcasts, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the University of Iowa campus, presented by Hancher Auditorium.

From her recurring role on "Seinfeld" and starring role on "Suddenly Susan" to her HBO specials and Emmy-winning Bravo series "My Life on the D-List," Griffin has cemented her position as one of the snarkiest, most ascerbic and most shameless comics around for adult audiences.

Griffin has launched a YouTube video contest for a meeting with her at her tour sites. Learn more at

After various TV guest spots, Griffin began gaining notice as a stand-up comedienne and landed her own "HBO Half Hour Comedy Special." In 1998, HBO gave her a one-hour Special, "A Hot Cup of Talk".

She has supplied voices for characters on the animated series "Dilbert" and "The Simpsons," and she appeared in a dual role on the "X-Files" as well as in Eminem's video "The Real Slim Shady," which was co-directed by Dr. Dre.

Griffin has co-hosted "The Billboard Music Awards" three years in a row, and appeared on numerous talk shows including "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Howard Stern" and "The View," and has been featured in the films including "It's Pat" and "Four Rooms."

She also has a great passion for reality TV. She participated in and won "Celebrity Mole" on ABC and then hosted the NBC reality series "Average Joe," as well as the MTV series, "Kathy's So-Called Reality". In August 2005 Kathy's reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List", debuted on Bravo to rave reviews.

Her newest CD is "For Your Consideration," released earlier this summer.

The Oct. 4 event is supported by George and Lois Eichacker, Jeffrey R. and Tammy S. Tronvold, McDonald Optical and Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.

Remaining tickets are $45 and $40. Tickets may be ordered online at

The Hancher box office, displaced by the June flood, is now open for phone or walk-up business in Suite 107 in the south building of the Lindquist Center, at the corner of Madison and Burlington Streets, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.  Parking is available in the metered lot by the UI Main Library on Madison St., or in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp at the corner of Clinton and Burlington Streets.

From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at

A satellite box office will be set up at Carver-Hawkeye Arena the evening of the event, with any remaining tickets for sale one hour before showtime.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,