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About Grey Griffin
Comedian Grey Griffin’s stand up career first began over 20 years ago – and if you think you haven’t heard of her, you’ll certainly have heard her. As a prolific voice actress, Grey Griffin is responsible for bringing to life some of the most recognisable, iconic characters in animation and film in shows such as Rugrats, Powerpuff Girls, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the Scooby Doo reboot, as well as countless other TV shows and video games.
A powerful female voice in comedy, a move to LA has seen comedian, voice actor and singer/songwriter Grey Griffin expand on a long list of accomplishments, including a Grammy award no less. Her newest achievement is creating her own stand-up comedy special. Drawing on inspiration from the trials and tribulations of family dysfunction, Grey Griffin’s razor sharp punchlines, dark humor and unforgettable impressions, are not to be missed. As well as her unique comic ability, Grey Griffin also has a keen eye for spotting a rising star on the stand-up circuit. “My First Comedy Special” was originally going to feature just her, but after seeing how much talent there was in Los Angeles, she decided to open up the stage and include some exciting debuts from three previously unknown live comics – Lisa Delarios, Sebastian Corley and Haley Hoffmeister.
WATCH GREY GRIFFIN’S MY FIRST COMEDY SPECIAL
You get four acts for the price of one in this special, which features rising stars Lisa Delarois, Sebastian Corley and Hayley Hoffmeister as Grey Griffin’s honoured guests. Expect sharp punchlines and dark humour from Grey as well as a brilliant impression of her own vagina.
Reviews and Awards
‘Grey didn’t so much as begin doing stand up as explode into it. If we didn’t have her, we’d have to go make her’Dana Gould
‘Why couldn’t Grey Griffin be satisfied with being a brilliant voice actor? Why does she have to be great at stand-up too? It’s just not fair!’Laraine Newman
‘Grey Griffin is the real life Mrs Maisel!’Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates)
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Born in 1973 as Erin Grey Van Oosbree, American voice actress, comedian and singer-songwriter Grey Griffin (also sometimes credited as Grey DeLisle) grew up in Fort Ord, California. Raised by her grandmother, a singer and performer with the salsa musician Tito Puente, Grey Griffin was obsessed with Goth music growing up, although she was encouraged to follow her more ‘respectable’ passion throughout her teens performing gospel songs. Bitten by the stage bug as a singer, Grey Griffin also began to delve into the world of stand-up comedy, honing a burgeoning talent for voice impressions. It was this talent that earned her the attention of a casting director who advised Grey Griffin to take up voice acting.
Her penchant for clowning around paid off and after pursuing some classes, she began working with talent agent Sandy Schnarr, soon starting to make a career out of those “silly voices”. So did she always know she wanted to go into the entertainment industry? Speaking to Cliche Mag, her answer to that question is a resounding yes: “Ever since I could form words, I’ve been doing impressions and trying to make people laugh. I didn’t realize the thing that made me the weirdest girl in my class could actually be a career!…My grandma bought me a boom box when I was 8 and I used to spend hours recording little audio telenovelas to amuse myself while she was working.”
Starting out voicing characters in numerous well known animation series, Grey Griffin has also featured in many movies and video games. She is best-known for her sinister voice of the evil sister “Vicky” in the Nickelodeon TV series, “Fairly OddParents” (2001-2013), as well as the equally evil “Mandy” in the Cartoon Network TV show, “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy” (2001 – 2007). She has also voiced the characters, Frankie Foster, Duchess, and Goo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as the iconic Daphne in the Scooby-Doo cartoons and movies. In video games, she voices characters such as Amanda Valenciano Libre from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Jacqueline Natla in both Tomb Raider games; Anniversary and Underworld.
Grey Griffin is also a talented singer and musician. Playing the autoharp and the clarinet, she has made several albums of country and folk music and has contributed songs to several soundtracks and tribute compilations from 2000-2007, most notably the Grammy winning Stephen Foster tribute, Beautiful Dreamer.
20 years after her first stint in stand-up following her successes in the Los Angeles VO world, it was only a few years ago that she decided to return to the stage in the live comedy arena. She spoke to Meaww.com about some of the struggles of working as a stand-up comedian today:
“Women are already beginning to get up on stage and a lot of times they are only going to book one woman per show, so we have to be careful of what we say and do. And, if we ever find the need to stand up for ourselves as women, the first thing a man will say is, ‘Oh, have a sense of humor!’ I feel like as a comic it’s hard to walk that line of being a curmudgeon and standing up for yourself. I don’t want to be this uptight woman where you can’t make a joke in front of me but I also don’t want to be groped or disrespected. That said, we are catching up to men in the comedy world, we really are. Even joke wise, there are jokes that would have worked years ago that you just can’t do now, people aren’t going to stand for it.”
As a single mum, admirably juggling career success and her family, (she has worked alongside her 11 year old son, Tex, in the Nickelodeon show The Loud House), Grey Griffin draws much of her comedy writing inspiration from her somewhat unconventional family life. Talking to Cliche mag, she reveals, “ I have a little red comedy notebook in my car and I write “funny” things down all day. Sometimes it’s hard to decipher a particular idea because I probably wrote it as I was swiftly careening towards a bus. I draw tons of inspiration from my family. I’m raising 3 kids by myself and for a while I was also caring for my 94 year-old disabled grandma. My ex-husband currently resides in my guesthouse. I often have to laugh to keep from sobbing uncontrollably.”
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