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Kathy Griffin's back on TV

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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2010 12:30 am

PASADENA, Calif. • The 87-year-old man got up from his front-row seat, stared at Kathy Griffin on stage, made a rude finger gesture and yelled an obscenity at her. Then he walked out.

"Only in the South can you get heckled by an 87-year-old," deadpans the 49-year-old comic, whose act touches on everything from religion to Hollywood celebrities.

The incident happened recently in Mississippi, where Griffin suspected her material wouldn't go over well with everyone at the casino where she performed. She was right.

Griffin isn't taking anything for granted for "Kathy Griffin Does The Bible Belt," her latest Bravo special, which airs 10 p.m. Tuesday. The special was shot in Knoxville, Tenn., almost a month ago.

During the taping, she made Sarah Palin jokes but says she's an equal-opportunity comic. "I make fun of Sarah Palin because she's a national figure. I make fun of Barack Obama. I make fun of everybody," she says.

Griffin doesn't normally play the South. "My friends warned me about playing down there," she says. "I was so anxious to show them they were wrong. I find the Southern audiences are more raucous. There is nothing they haven't seen or heard.

"Just because someone lives in the South doesn't mean they don't want to make fun of Lindsay Lohan. Trust me. They do."

Other highlights for the week of June 6-12 (listings subject to change):

SUNDAY

• "Drop Dead Diva" (9 p.m., Lifetime). Deb's life is interrupted when she finds out she has a husband.

• "CMT Video Music Awards" (9 p.m., CMT). Kid Rock celebrates this ceremony celebrating the videos fans love the most.

• "The Next Food Network Star" (9 p.m., Food Network). Twelve contestants vie for their own series.

• "MTV Movie Awards" (9 p.m., MTV). The outrageous awards show has actor/comic Aziz Ansari as host.

• "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" (11 p.m., MTV). A 15-year-old's comedic coming of age is chronicled in this racy new scripted series.

MONDAY

• "Last Comic Standing" (7 p.m., NBC). Craig Robinson of NBC's "The Office" is the new host of this talent search for the next big standup act.

• "Smash His Camera" (9 p.m., HBO). A legendary (in certain circles) paparazzo's work is documented.

WEDNESDAY

• "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" (11 p.m., Bravo). The winner of this art-talent search competition will get a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and $100,000.

THURSDAY

• "Bethenny Getting Married?" (10 p.m., Bravo). A "Real Housewives" star prepares for marriage and a baby in this new reality series.

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