For the latter network, she has recorded 16 television specials, breaking the Guinness World record for the number of aired TV specials on any network, by any comedian in the history of comedy.In 2011, she also became the first comedian to have four televised specials in a year.She went on to perform standup comedy and became part of the alternative comedy scene in Los Angeles.

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After starring in an HBO Half Hour Comedy Special, Griffin had her first consistent public exposure in 1996, when she was cast as the acerbic colleague of Brooke Shields' title character on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan.

In 1998, Griffin starred in her first one-hour special, HBO's Kathy Griffin: A Hot Cup of Talk.

In 2009, she released her autobiography, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.

Griffin has taped numerous standup comedy specials with HBO and Bravo.

During her senior year she began arguing with her parents, who wanted her to attend college, because she wanted to become a professional actress.

Her first appearance on television was as an extra on a Chicago White Sox commercial, and she was then signed with several Chicago talent agencies.At 18, Griffin persuaded her parents to move to Los Angeles to help her become famous. True Hollywood Story segment, she stated that she often went to see the Groundlings perform before she joined.She said that, at one show, she went backstage and talked with Groundling member Phil Hartman and asked him what the group was all about.This led to her taking classes there and eventually being asked into the Groundling's main company.While Kathy was a Groundling, she became best friends with Judy Toll.Griffin also played Jerry's nemesis Sally Weaver in two episodes of Seinfeld.