Kathy Griffin vs. Scientology

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.

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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)

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