Kathy Griffin is about to get all grown up for a very special new hosting gig. The comedian, who has dominated various mediums such as reality television and situational comedies, just snagged her next gig. Griffin has just been announced as host for AARP’s 13th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards.
The night, which is set up by the AARP, will honor those who have been celebrated in 2013 for their cinematic achievements. With Griffin as the host of ceremonies, the awards will kick off on February 10 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Kathy Griffin, who is known more for her stand up than her hosting skills, has rang in the New Year with a series of ups and downs both professionally and personally. Griffin lost her brother Gary Griffin after his brutal struggle with cancer came to an end on January 22. Griffin paid tribute to her brother via a Facebook post:
“This AM my brave brother Gary Griffin passed away in palliative care after a brutal struggle w cancer. Our last real conversation, w my brother I loved so much, was just a few days go when I got him this signed picture from his idol, @JoeWalsh. He loved the Eagles, 70s rock, The Chicago White Sox and the Xavier “muskies”… Oh & he was funny as sh*t.”
Despite her tragic loss, Kathy Griffin also saw a series of highs in January. In addition to snagging her AARP hosting gig, she took home her first Grammy for Best Comedy Album for her album “Calm Down Gurrl.”
As for her AARP gig, the organization seems thrilled to have Griffin as host of their ceremony. In a press release, AARP stated that they are “pleased to announce that newly-crowned Grammy Award-winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin will host the 13th annual Movies for Grownups® Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 10, 2014. Regarded for her rapid-fire wit and frank humor, Griffin will take the stage at the organization’s annual gala.”
Kathy Griffin also released a statement about how excited she is to host the prestigious AARP gala. Of course the statement was peppered with her signature wit.
“Having never acted like a grownup, I doubt I will start on February 10th, however, I am thrilled and honored to host such a prestigious event put on by a great organization. AARP’s events have become as star-studded as the frickin’ Academy Awards. When they asked me to host, of course I said yes! This will be a great event – count on it.”
In addition to Kathy Griffin, Susan Sarandon, Bruce Dern, Steve McQueen, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfonso Cuaron, June Squibb, Naomi Watts, Lee Daniels, Will Forte, Melissa McCarthy, Wynona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy are also scheduled to attend the ceremony.