Kathy Griffin Wears Trump Mask In Her Bold Return To Stand-Up

Kathy Griffin held nothing back in her return to stand-up comedy.

Entering, wearing a Donald Trump mask and with her middle fingers held high, the comedian made her bold return to the stage for an AIDS fundraiser at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, this past Sunday.

While on stage, Griffin touched on her headline making photo shoot with photographer Tyler Shields, and the many death threats she's received, before turning her sights to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has remained in headlines following allegations that he sexually assaulted "multiple women."

The Hollywood Reporter has more:

Griffin took center stage as the opening act at the annual Aid for AIDS fundraiser Best in Drag Show, and when host Patrick Rush announced her name, she strutted out from stage left with both middle fingers raised to the rafters while wearing a Trump mask, this one free of blood and gore. It’s surely no coincidence that Griffin, who discarded the mask within seconds and tossed it on the floor two times, was also wearing an electric blue dress with a giant pussy bow tied at the neck — the same style dress she wore when the photo with the faux severed head was taken. 

“Hello gays! It’s me, Kathy Griffin, a genuine comedy fugitive,” proclaimed Griffin to the sold-out theater, which was filled almost entirely with gay men. “Can you handle it?”

Judging by the applause and the multiple standing ovations, the answer was yes. But that wasn’t exactly a surprise. Griffin has been a beloved performer and devoted supporter of the event for the better part of two decades. (This is “my 19th year or something,” she noted.) The annual drag show pageant serves as a benefit for Aid for AIDS, a program of Alliance for Housing and Healing. In the audience Sunday night were judges including Dylan McDermott, Selma Blair, Holland Taylor and Marc Cherry, along with additional guests like Debbie Allen. 

Griffin also spilled some piping hot T that involved her former friend, Anderson Cooper.