Kathy Griffin vs. Scientology

January 30th, 2008 // 11 Comments

Kathy Griffin has built an entire career on making fun of Hollywood celebrities and herself, of course, but her on-stage target of the moment is Scientology. The red-haired comedian’s inside view of the organization comes from a close friend of hers, Judy Toll, who thought it would be a good career move, but the honeymoon with the cult quickly ended and according to Kathy, she required the services of a lawyer to fully extract herself from their clutches.

In Griffin’s act, she gives the audience an inside look into the strange practices required for membership, which includes something referred to as “auditing.” Griffin explains that the process basically consists of members elaborating on their entire sexual past, including any and all “deviant” behavior while being recorded, so that the Church can have it all on record, should a lamb decide to leave the fold.

Yikes. Here’s to not believing in anything.

Photos: WENN

After the jump is a list of celebrity Scientologists.

1. Kirstie Alley, actress
2. Anne Archer, actress
3. Catherine Bell, actress
4. Mary Bono, politician
5. Sonny Bono, singer and politician
6. Erika Christensen, actress
7. Tom Cruise, actor
8. Placido Domingo, Jr., singer
9. Jenna Elfman, actress
10. Soleil Moon Frye, actress
11. Paul Haggis, director of “Crash”
12. Beck Hansen, musician
13. Isaac Hayes, singer, actor
14. Katie Holmes, actress
15. Chaka Khan, singer
16. Jason Lee, actor
17. Juliette Lewis, actress
18. Peggy Lipton, actress
19. Christopher Masterson, actor
20. Danny Masterson, actor
21. Brandy Norwood, actress and singer
22. Lisa Marie Presley, singer
23. Priscilla Presley, actress
24. Kelly Preston, actress
25. Leah Remini, actress
26. Giovanni Ribisi, actor
27. Mimi Rogers, actress
28. Michelle Stafford, actress
29. Patrick Swayze, actor
30. Greta Van Susteren, TV host
31. Rob Thomas, singer
32. John Travolta, actor
33. Mikhail Baryshnikov, ballet dancer (former Scientologist)
34. Eileen Brennan, actress (former Scientologist)
35. William S. Burroughs, author (former Scientologist)
36. Kate Capshaw, actress (former Scientologist)
37. Kathy Lee Crosby, actress (former Scientologist)
38. Emilio Estevez, actor (former Scientologist)
39. Gloria Gaynor, singer (former Scientologist)
40. Leif Garrett, singer (former Scientologist)
41. Charles Manson, serial killer (former Scientologist)
42. Ricky Martin, singer (former Scientologist)
43. Demi Moore, actress (former Scientologist)
44. Van Morrison, singer (former Scientologist)
45. Brad Pitt, actor (former Scientologist)
46. Lou Rawls, singer (former Scientologist)
47. Jerry Seinfeld, actor/comedian (former Scientologist)
48. Tom Skerritt, actor (former Scientologist)
49. Oliver Stone, movie director (former Scientologist)
50. Sharon Stone, actress (former Scientologist)


By Lisa Timmons

  1. sarah

    oh my i am scared

  2. Lola

    Charles Manson and Patrick Swayze– Scientologists– ’nuff said.

  3. Nanc'

    Dear Kathy, Go on girl!
    Finally, someone who is willing to out this current, popular, Hollywood cult for what it is.
    Of note: Jim Jones had a cult following as did David Koresh and they are still burning.

  4. debkakes

    Hooray and cheers! BTW, I think KG’s looking better these days than she’s looked for a loooong time. Perhaps she has grown into her modifications?

  5. cris

    Good on her for speaking out…except for the fact that she’s probably going to come down with a bad case of “suicide” in the near future for speaking out against them.

  6. J

    Wonder if this so called religion has any members that aren’t extremely rich! Someone’s getting rich off of all these foolish people

  7. sammi

    I applaud Kathy…she’s got more balls then most of the nitwits in hollywood. It’s hard to believe that so many rich people fall victim to such a scam. I think most if not all of them are not educated beyond high school.hmmm. If I had more money I too might fall.

  8. Diggity

    J said:

    Wonder if this so called religion has any members that aren’t extremely rich! Someone’s getting rich off of all these foolish people

    - –

    I *briefly* dated a guy in Southern CA (are they truly anywhere else?) who was raised a Scientologist. His family was middle class all the way. (And it was brief b/c I lived in Northern CA. I didn’t see a kooky religious side to him or his parents, but who knows…it could have been lurking.)

  9. Tiffie

    I might examine Kathy’s humor a little closer if it didn’t look like she was performing in a janitor’s uniform.

  10. Shelly

    You think that’s scarey wait till this Obamaramah cult gets a hold of your kids!Oh I am sorry it already has well at least you have your wife!Oh I am sorry it’s got her too.When the sheeple wake up I will be looking at the Urals with Putin, man that guy’s got soul Georgie told me!

  11. riggity11

    kathy griffin is freakin’ hilarious.
    diggin’ the red wiggish hair.
    but maggie is my favorite person! JK

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