Kathy Griffin Signs With APA

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The outspoken comedian has signed with the agency across the board.

Kathy Griffin has signed with APA across the board, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Griffin has two Emmys (for her reality show My Life on the D-List) and a Grammy (for her comedy album Calm Down Gurrl), the latter making her only the third woman (after Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin) to win in that category. She also won the Gracie Allen Award for best female lead for My Life on the D-List, which ran on Bravo for six seasons.

The veteran comedian has mounted a defiant, triumphant comeback since the May 2017 controversy over her photograph with a decapitated Donald Trump effigy. After a year in professional exile, in which she received multiple death threats and was investigated by the Secret Service, Griffin returned to the U.S. stage this summer with the Laugh Your Head Off World Tour, which has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

"Much like Richard Pryor, who became a truly great comedian when he mined his own deeply troubled life for material, Griffin has stepped up her game," critic Frank Scheck wrote in THR's review of her show. "Becoming an unlikely figurehead of the resistance seems to be a role that suits her."

Griffin's activism for women's and LGBTQ rights have netted her honors including the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality, the GLAAD Vanguard Award (the organization also has honored My Life on the D-List), the Trevor Project's Trevor Life Award (she donated $2 of every tour ticket sold in June, which is Pride Month, to the group) and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's Leadership in Entertainment Honor (she has performed for troops in war zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan).

Griffin set a Guinness world record in 2013 for writing and starring in 20 televised stand-up specials, more than any other comedian. For a decade she co-produced and co-hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special with Anderson Cooper (a gig that went away as a result of the Trump photo backlash) and also has served as a live host of the Billboard Music Awards and Daytime Emmys.

Her books Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin (2009) and Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index (2016) were both New York Times best-sellers, and her TV credits include a series-regular role on the NBC comedy Suddenly Susan as well as guest spots on Seinfeld and Law & Order: SVU.

Griffin continues to be repped by attorney Bill Sobel of Edelstein Laird.