When Kathy announced that she was going to throw a talent show for Maggie and her cronies at “Maggie Manor,” I was thrilled. It sounded like one of those old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland “My dad’s got a barn, let’s put on a show” musicals. For those of you too young or too straight to know what I mean – let’s just say she was going to put on America’s Got Talent, but without the budget…or the talent.
As the producer of the D-List, my first concern was how were we going to afford to air the talent show if people sang real hit songs. One chorus of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” even without the Bette Midler vocals, would cost enough to send our budget crashing. Luckily in music there’s a great thing called “public domain,” which means that any song published in the U.S. before 1922 is free to use. So Beethoven is good to go. “Roll over Beethoven” — not so much. The public domain song list is surprising too. For instance, “Happy Birthday” is not public domain. Neither is “God Bless America.” “The Star Spangled Banner,” however, is. You get the idea.
So I breathed a sigh of relief, figuring that most of Maggie’s friends pre-date 1922, or at least remember that era of music, and provided Maggie with a list of songs that the Manor residents could perform. That was before I got the call from Kathy. She gave me the “good news” that she wanted to invite celebrity guests to perform at Maggie’s musical. Now, it’s one thing getting Bertha McNobody to sing “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” It’s another thing to get country music and Broadway star of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” Laura Bell Bundy to sing it. These songs couldn’t just be old; they had to be classic and star-worthy. It was time for me to really hone the list and make suggestions.
For Laura Bell Bundy, I recommended “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town).” Sure it was written in 1922, but if it was good enough for Sinatra to perform, it was good enough for Bundy. The “King of Confetti,” comedian Rip Taylor, wanted to do a funny song for Maggie so I suggested, “I’m just Wild About Maggie” instead of Harry, and luckily he bit. Kathy wanted to rewrite the lyrics for a song to her mom. I figured she’d want a classic, sentimental tune that Maggie would recognize and she responded to “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It, I Didn’t Want to Do It).” Of course, when Kathy got through with it, it was hilarious. Luckily, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth liked the song too, and was willing to sing it on camera. Whew. Then along came Cloris….
What a great finale. Maggie seemed so touched. This has been a great season of the D list.........definately should be a third emmy win for Ms. Kathy!!!!
Just wanted to say that this season was the least favorite of mine. It was still funny, but there was something about the way it was filmed seemed annoying to me. I didn't like the foggyness. Maybe it was just me, but I noticed a difference this year. I liked it before.
I love the show last night. Kathy had me in tears crying and laughing at the same time when she performed the song for her mother. I am a big Kathy Griffin fan, and no I am not gay. My daughter who is a youg adult, hook me on to Kathy during college breaks. I bought Kathy's book last summer and it was a fun read book to read on vacation and have people stairing at me on the beach, while I was laughing out loud.
Great show and what a wonderful tribute to her mother. Way to go, Kathy! To be able to do all that for her was really touching to watch. Keep up the great work...
Kathy really can sing! Maggie was right about her daughter's singing. I wasn't sure about her ability to pull it off, when she was rehearsing. Way to go Kathy!
I agree the season was too short, and I missed the Finale. Please replay often as you are wont to do!
I am shocked that the season was over so quickly. I kept thinking my DVR was screwing up the last couple weeks, but I guess not. The finale was fabulous (I didn't realize it was the finale, however), just hysterical! Kathy is a great talent and surrounds herself with clever people, obviously. Keep it up - I love the show.
Can you please let me know when the "Maggie the Musical" episode will air again? Many of my friends missed it and want to see me and my cat Newton on it - and I want to see it again too.
Why isn't D-List on Bravo per-view like all the other Bravo shows? I didn't know this was Kathy's last year, and missed the finale. I love Kathy! I guess if you are selling out MSG you're not D-List anymore but this show was my go-to for my laugh-fest fix. Hope Bravo is smart enough to pack the schedule with Kathy G. stand-up specials.