Kathy Griffin Heads to Las Vegas to Host All-New Special for TBS, WORLD'S FUNNIEST COMMERCIALS: HILARIOUS LIAISONS
Relationship-Themed Special Featuring More than 50 Comedic Ads To Premiere Sunday, March 16, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
Emmy�-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is set to host the latest edition of TBS's popular Funniest Commercials franchise when she heads to Las Vegas for WORLD'S FUNNIEST COMMERCIALS: HILARIOUS LIAISONS. The one-hour special, featuring more than 50 comedic ads centered on relationships, is set to premiere Sunday, March 16, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). It is being produced by Robert Dalrymple Productions in conjunction with TWI. Dalrymple and Steve Mayer serve as executive producers, with Paul Miller directing.
"For this relationship-oriented special packed with hilarious commercials from around the globe, we are delighted to have the biting wit of the one-and-only Kathy Griffin," said Ken Schwab, senior vice president of programming for TBS and TNT. "And what better place for her to host from than the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas."
WORLD'S FUNNIEST COMMERCIALS: HILARIOUS LIAISONS will explore the conflicts that arise in relationships as depicted in comedic commercials from such companies as Amstel Light, Axe, Bacardi Silver, Budweiser, Geico, Diet Dr. Pepper, Levi's, Motorola, Starburst, Subway and Toyota.
Each year, TBS presents several specials showcasing comedic commercials from around the globe. The Funniest Commercials of the Year specials give viewers the chance to vote on their favorite ads, with the results unveiled in a year-end special. Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2007 delivered more than 5 million viewers for its premiere telecast.
In addition to the Funniest Commercials specials, TBS also offers VeryFunnyAds.com, an extremely popular broadband destination featuring a treasure-trove of comedic ads.
Chicago native Kathy Griffin is probably best known for her critically acclaimed reality show My Life on the D-List, which last year took the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. She is also known for her four-year stint on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan, with Brooke Shields.
Griffin got her start in Hollywood with the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisation troupe. She also began building her resume with guest-starring roles on such series as ER, Seinfeld and The X-Files. After various TV guest spots, she began gaining notice as a stand-up comedian, headlining an HBO Half Hour Comedy Special. In 1998, HBO gave Griffin her own one-hour comedy special, A Hot Cup of Talk. She has since taken center stage in four highly successful stand-up specials for Bravo.
An outstanding vocal talent, Griffin has supplied voices for characters on the animated series Dilbert and The Simpsons. She has also co-hosted The Billboard Music Awards three years in a row, appeared on numerous talk shows and co-starred in such feature films as It's Pat and Four Rooms. In the reality genre, Griffin participated in and won Celebrity Mole, followed by hosting gigs on Average Joe and Kathy's So-Called Reality.
She also appeared in Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" music video.
Robert Dalrymple is a Peabody and Emmy-winning television producer whose most recent productions include Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials, for CBS in conjunction with TWI productions; the American Cinematheque Specials, for TNT and AMC; and Showtime's adaptation of Sam Sheppard's True West. He also co-founded and executive-produced the Screen Actors Guild Awards for NBC and TNT.
Dalrymple is perhaps best known for Billy Joel's tour in Russia, Billy Crystal's first comedy special from Russia and the CBS production of pianist Vladimir Horowitz's return to Moscow after 62 years. He won Emmys� for Free To Be a Family and a documentary on Itzhak Perlman's tour of Russia, and was nominated for The King & I�Recording a Hollywood Dream. His television movies include Shame, Baby Brokers and A Christmas Romance.
TWI is the largest independent producer, packager and distributor of sports programming in the world, producing and distributing more than 6,500 hours of original programming annually to more than 200 countries, covering 200+ sporting events. While the strength of TWI's worldwide sports coverage is unrivaled, the company has recently expanded into award-winning documentary and reality programming. In recent years, TWI has produced the Peabody Award-winning Colour of War for The History Channel and the Emmy�-nominated Christopher Reeve documentary Courageous Steps. Fall 2004 saw the launch of two new TWI reality series: Manhunt, a companion series for Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, set in the world of male modeling, and I'd Do Anything, an ESPN series that questions how far a contestant would be willing to go for their loved ones in pursuit of the ultimate sports fantasy. TWI also produced the upcoming Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting for NBC. A division of international sports agency IMG, TWI also manages the world's largest independent sports archive library, housing more than 150,000 hours of programming.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends, with My Name Is Earl joining the line-up in 2008; specials, such as Funniest Commercials of the Year; live events like The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.