Make ’em laff, ladies, at Palm Springs International Comedy Festival


We all need a laff. Pardon my French, but I laughed my a** off watching the exquisite comic timing of Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant in delivering the brilliant script of CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME. A very funny movie with a woman director — highly recommended.

I am equally pleased to see Kathy Griffin presented with the “Comedian of the Year” Award at this past weekend’s gala of the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival. Griffin paid a dear price — she was pilloried — for a regrettable lapse of taste in satirizing the president. But Griffin’s lapse pales by comparison to the tasteless daily barrage of acts against the decency of the American people coming from our White House.

A true lapse of taste should be allowed a comic, but disallowed a president. So, congratulations, Kathy.


Illeana Douglas, below, received the Festival’s “Pioneer in Comedy Award” for her Web series “Easy To Assemble.”


Also garnering awards were the cast and production team of Paramount’s summer blockbuster “Book Club” who were presented with the Festival’s Stanley Kramer Mad World Comedy Award.

More laughs in the desert next weekend. Be there!

photo credit: Danielle Mathias

Palm Springs International Comedy Festival | Hotel Zoso Palm Springs | Nov 17 | tickets

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