As a young girl Griffin went to St. Bernadine's Elementary School, and began to establish a dislike for coordinated religion due to the punishments of the nuns towards her and additional "prone" students. After graduation, she went to Oak Park and River Forest Highschool and sought refuge in musical theater, playing roles such as Rosemary on Ways to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. During her senior year she started arguing with her parents, who preferred her to attend college, because she wished to become an expert actress. Her first appearance on television was as an extra on a Chicago White Sox commercial, and she was signed with different Chicago skill agencies. At age eighteen, Griffin persuaded her moms and dads to move to Los Angeles to help her become famous.
At age nineteen, Griffin went to a show of the California-based improvisational group The Groundlings. She stated, "I thought. This is where I want to be. This is the greatest thing on the planet." After the program ended, she went backstage and asked member Phil Hartman about it.
Career in Detail
Griffin began performing in the very early 1980s in the Los Angeles improv comedy troupe The Groundlings. In an E! True Hollywood Story segment, she stated that she frequently went to see the Groundlings execute before she joined. She said that, at one program, she went backstage and spoke with Groundling member Phil Hartman and asked him exactly what the group was all about. Struggling to make it in the Los Angeles acting scene, she signed up with the troupe after a failed audition for the lead function in the film model of Harriet the Spy. This caused her taking classes there and becoming asked into the group's primary company. When she went to The Groundlings, she came to be greatest pals with the late Judy Toll, who is mentioned in Griffin's book.
She went on to perform stand-up comedy and became part of the burgeoning alternative comedy scene in Los Angeles, appearing at Un-Cabaret and ran her very own stand up night "Hot Cup of Talk". 'Hot Cup Of Talk' was carried out in a little, 100 seat theater and included Griffin and 3 additional comics, initially her friends Margaret Cho and Janeane Garofalo, chatting for 15 mins each, determined by an egg timer at the front of the stage. The next artist would certainly take over when the timer went off no matter if the present artist was completed. The time limitation, intimate configuration, and Griffin's guideline that no one might repeat material on her stage made it popular with both stand ups and live comedy supporters, and it brought in a broad variety of performers from the LA 'Alternative Comedy' scenes. Griffin would certainly later on title her 1998 solo HBO special after the evening.
Griffin made a look in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, as a pedestrian concerning the help of Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) after he is hit by an auto driven by Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis). On the credits she was named as herself.
She robbed film with the supporting role of Connie in the horror movie The Unborn, starring Brooke Adams.
Griffin gradually amassed such TV and movie credits as a function in comedian Julie Brown's Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful, a Showtime parody of the 1991 Madonna movie Truth or Dare; 2 appearances as the character Susan Klein, a reporter, on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, her TV sitcom debut; fellow comic Bob Goldthwait's film Shakes the Clown; as the eager pioneer of a fanatical vehicle club on the Ellen episode "Oh, Sweet Rapture", airing in January 1996; starring in a dual-role in a seventh period episode of The X-Files, and an episode of ABC's divorce-attorney series Civil Wars, Griffin's dramatic-series debut. In addition, she appeared on Ugly Betty as a fashion channel reporter.