Kathy Griffin Brings “Run-in” to Benedum; America in Greensburg (Sun., 3/25/17)


1) Kathy Griffin—who was a member of the famous Los Angeles comedy improv group The Groundlings—first appeared on most people’s radar as a stand-up comedian on “Seinfeld.” In the episode, Jerry Seinfeld sees her act, which he thinks is not very good, and tries to mentor her. Griffin’s character doesn’t appreciate it and turns her act around by focusing on how Seinfeld is the Devil. She parlayed that sitcom success into a strong supporting role on the Brooke Shields TV comedy show “Suddenly Susan” in its run from 1996 – 2000. Her quick wit and rapid-fire delivery helped her win two Emmys for her Bravo show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.”  In 2011, Griffin became the first comedian to have four televised specials in a year. She’s on many people’s A-List, and you can see her live at the Benedum Center on her Celebrity Run-in Tour. She is touring in support of her book of the same name. Griffin is also a strong advocate for the LGBT community and Pittsburgh’s Delta Foundation is a co-sponsor of her appearance here. 7:30 p.m. 237 7th St., Cultural District. (RH)

2) Did you know that all three members of America grew up in England? The trio met in high school in London in the ’60s, all three the sons of British mothers and American military fathers. They took on the moniker “America” as a rather on-the-nose way of signaling their preferred national identities while playing clubs across the pond. The group will long be remembered for the iconic “A Horse with No Name,” still featured prominently in soundtracks for major TV shows and films like “Breaking Bad” and American Hustle. However, the song represents only a tiny fraction of the band’s musical library, which spans over 18 albums and five decades. The band’s last studio album was 2015’s Lost & Found. Catch America tonight at The Palace Theatre. 7 p.m. 21 West Otterman St., Greensburg. The Bricks open. (EC, RH)

3) Chuck Prophet was born in Whittier, California, and has been a prolific rocker since the mid-’80s when he debuted with established rock outfit Green on Red. Prophet has played and recorded with Green on Red frequently ever since, releasing several albums with the group and a dozen more as a solo artist. His 2012 album, Temple Beautiful, was written as a tribute to his adopted hometown of San Francisco, an attempt to musically showcase the many facets of The City by the Bay. Although you maybe haven’t heard Prophet on the radio, you may have heard his unique brand of rock on hit shows like “True Blood,” “Californication,” and “Sons of Anarchy.” He’s touring in support of his latest release, Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins. Catch Chuck Prophet with his band, The Mission Express featuring Stephanie Finch, Kevin White, Vicente Rodriguez, and James DePrato, at Club Cafe. 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St. South Side. (EC, RH)

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