Kathy Griffin wants to start out our interview with a word of thanks and praise (for herself, of course). I really have been starting my shows with just thanking the audience for buying a ticket in this economy. Its a big deal, she says and then adds, and its not lost on me. The celebrity-attacking comic and star of her own reality show, My Life on the D-List, says shes worth it but warns fans to leave their virgin ears at home. I just want to give you a word of warning to keep an open mind. Its going to be a lot of swearing, a lot of negativity and a lot of fun, she says. Of course, things could go south if Griffin doesnt find some quality, border-infused cuisine.
That would be a major problem for me not to get the right Tex-Mex because when Im on tour its all about the food, she says. Griffin fell in love with a local staple, The Original Mama Ninfas, on one of her first visits to the Bayou City. I came to think of it as my own, personal Houston kitchen, she says, although she was disappointed at a satellite location years later. Someone took me to one of the ones in the burbs it was not the same. I did not feel anyone there was named Mama, I dont think there was a Ninfa anywhere near, [and] I dont think the tortillas were homemade, she says. She tried another nonoriginal Ninfas again later on and was still disappointed. I was doing a lot of bragging about my Tex-Mex experience and expertise, and it was not the same, and I was left crying, What has happened to my Mama Ninfa? Heres hoping that Griffin gets her Tex-Mex grub on before she performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas. For information, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.verizonwirelesstheater.com. $39 to $69.
Sat., Nov. 8, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2008