Public Speaking Expert
The award season always brings an eclectic collection of acceptance speeches to the media with some opting for long and gushing speeches and others opting to keep it short and sweet. It should come as no surprise though that comedian Kathy Griffin should use the stage to raise a smile or two with her acceptance speech!
Comedian Kathy Griffin, who was wearing a striking blue animal print dress for the occasion, ran up to the stage to collect her award at the Grammys and took little time to launch straight into a speech filled with laughs for the audience but certainly at the expense of singer Justin Bieber.
Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately after he was arrested for driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
Although the Grammy awards are primarily about the music industry Kathy Griffin was able to pick up an award for best comedy album, beating off competition from well known comedians and joins Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only females to have won the award.
This was the first time that the funny lady has picked up her own award, despite being nominated for a mini gold gramophone six times in the past.
While this could have been a chance for Kathy to thank everyone she has ever worked with she instead kept the acceptance speech funny and name checked numerous celebrities while doing so, including Justin Bieber.
Griffin danced her way to the stage at the Nokia Theatre where the show had been pre recorded to avoid the live broadcast of any potential bloopers or wardrobe malfunctions.
In her speech she started by thanking Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Lindsay Lohan “any of the Lohans actually” she added. With all being thanked for helping her with her material for her comedy shows.
“I have to thank a lot of people who got me here, darn it, and I don’t know all of them but they are an integral part of my success”, she said as she accepted the award.
Griffin went on to thank Justin Bieber for giving her some of his “relax juice” in Panama City, the location that the star is currently staying in according to reports following the driving under the influence arrest that took place in Miami on Thursday.
Using comedy in a speech can be a great way to engage an audience, especially if it is relevant to the people who are in the audience, however it can be as much as a crowd killer as a crowd pleaser so you need to read carefully and read the audience before you try to tickle their funny bone with your speech. Sometimes it is best left to the professionals!