Kathy Griffin to Receive Top Honor at Palm Springs Comedy Festival

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Kathy Griffin

The comedian will receive the Comedian of the Year award in Palm Springs on Nov. 10. "It was a no brainer to honor Kathy Griffin,” said fest director Paul Cruz.

Kathy Griffin is having a moment. 

On the heels of announcements that she has signed with APA for representation and will take the stage at Equality California's Los Angeles Equality Awards on Sept. 29, it has been revealed that Griffin will be celebrated with the Comedian of the Year prize on Nov. 10 at the first annual Palm Springs International Comedy Festival. 

The event, a black-tie awards gala, honors comedic talents in stand-up, film and television and will be held at Hotel Zoso and Spa in the heart of downtown Palm Springs’ famous Star Walk of Fame, where Griffin has a star.

"We didn't think long about who should be named Comedian of the Year for the festival’s inaugural year. It was a no brainer to honor Kathy Griffin. After all that she's been through, Kathy has pulled off the biggest comeback in entertainment history since Marlon Brando was blacklisted and then went on to win an Oscar in 1972,” fest director Paul Cruz said Thursday in a statement. “Kathy speaks for all Americans in defense of our First Amendment rights. Kathy is the one comedian that is literally on the minds and mouths of the world. She boldly and bravely spoke Truth to Power, was blacklisted, harassed and shunned for it, but has now emerged like a fiery phoenix from the ashes. What other comedian can say that?"

Additional honorees, celebrity judges and guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Griffin is in the midst of a world tour, with dates across the U.S. scheduled for this fall.