Anthony Griffith – Losing His 2 Year Old Daughter To Cancer
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[Anthony Griffith – Losing His 2 Year Old Daughter To Cancer]
[Anthony Griffith] Source: LYBIO.net
Umm…Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Tale of Two Cities, starts off with the phrase “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.” In 1990 I moved from Chicago with my family to L.A. to seek my fame and fortune and uhh…after a couple of weeks of being there I got two important phone calls. One was from the talent coordinator for The Tonight Show, offered me to have a spot as a comedian on The Tonight Show and the second call was that uhh…my daughter’s doctor had called me to say that her cancer had resurfaced.
A year prior she was diagnosed with cancer and we fought it and it went into remission and now it was back. And uhh…for that next year my life was pretty surreal ‘cause it was like I had two different personalities. During the day, in order to keep my daughter at home with me, I would have to learn CPR and how to work a heart monitor and administer medicine, all these technical terms, and take her back and forth to get her platelets and blood and check up on her. And at night I would go from club to club with the talent coordinator and I would work on my set to try to perfect it and I would meet veterans like George Wallace and Seinfeld and Roseanne and uhh…and I thought that everything was great because we had beat the cancer before, we could beat it again and this was the first time that I was gonna be in front of millions of people on The Tonight Show.
And uhh, the first time on The Tonight Show I was extremely nervous. All I could think about while I was backstage being introduced was “Don’t mess up, just don’t mess up. Don’t mess up, whatever you do, don’t mess up.” And the curtains open and there’s 600 people and the cameras and Johnny’s over there and the band is over there and I don’t know what I said for the next 6 minutes but I got 6 applause breaks. And uhh, the great part of that night was that uh…I was going to my car and I met Johnny who was going to his car and it was a private moment between us in the parking lot of him saying “You were very funny, you were extremely funny, start working on your second Tonight Show ‘cause I want you back.”
By the time I got the official call for my second tonight show…..my daughter……my daughter was admitted to the hospital. If you don’t know about cancer, when it comes back, it comes back hard. It’s like beating up a gangbanger for the first time and he’s coming back…and he’s coming back meaner and stronger and he’s coming with his friends so in order to compensate for that you have to raise the chemo and you have to raise the medicine and you have to raise the radiation which is difficult for an adul-……an adult but she was only 2.
So she’s bald, which she doesn’t mind ‘cause every kid in the ward is bald. And she thinks this is a part of life and she can’t keep her food down and this……you’re……you’re not prepared for this! There’s no books! There’s no home-ed class to teach you how to deal with this and you can’t go to a therapist because in a black world a therapist is taboo. It’s reserved for rich white people so you’re trying to figure it out…what did I do!? Maybe it’s something I did! Maybe it’s something…. my wife did! Maybe my doctor..uh…diagnosed it uhh…..erroneously, something! But at night I STILL have to be a comic, I have to work on the tonight show because that’s what Imma do, I’m a clown! I’m a clown whose medical bills are raising, who’s one step from being evicted, who’s one step from getting his car repo’ed! And I have to come out and make you laugh because no one wants to hear the clown in pain because that’s not funny! And my humor is becoming dark and it’s biting and it’s becoming hateful and the talent coordinator has seen that there’s a problem because the NBC is all about nice and just…everything is going to be ok and we’re starting to buck horns because he wants everything light and I wanna be honest about life and I’m hurting and I want everybody else to hurt ‘cause SOMEBODY IS TO BLAME FOR THIS!
So I buck up and I suppress my anger and I form and develop a nice cute routine for the second tonight show and I get applause breaks and I get asked to come back for a third time…..and I’m perfecting my third set…and the doctor asked me to come in and I know something’s wrong because even the doctor is crying…and doctors don’t cry! And he said that we’ve done all we can……there’s nothing else for us to do and I say “How much time does she have?” and he said “At the most……at the most…six minutes, six weeks, I’m sorry. And you should plan for that.” And I’m thinking “How do I plan for that!?” I haven’t planned to buy her her first bicycle; I haven’t planned to walk her to school! I haven’t planned to take pictures of her on her prom! I haven’t planned to walk her down the aisle to get married, HOW AM I GONNA PLAN TO BUY HER A DRESS TO GET BURIED IN!?
[Anthony Griffith] Source: LYBIO.net
And I’m trying to keep it together…..cause I’m the man…and I’m th-…the man of the house and I don’t wanna cry but it’s coming and I’m trying to tell my wife -…..tell myself Tony, I’m trying to beg the world “Just give me a chance! Just give me a chance…..just let me take a breath…just stop just for a minute, I wanna call my parents and tell them “What do I do!? I don’t know what to do…I’m a grown man and I don’t know what to do!…And a man, a voice in me comes up like Denzel from Training Day…..”MAN UP NIGGER!!! YOU THINK YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE LOSING KIDS TODAY!? 25 KIDS WALKED IN HERE WITH CANCER, ONLY 5 WALKIN’ OUT. THIS AIN’T NO SITCOM, IT DON’T WRAP UP ALL NICE AND TIGHT IN 30 MINUTES, THIS IS LIFE!!! WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!”
And he was right……so I bucked up…because that’s what I’m supposed to do……And on my third tonight show, by that time my daughter had died…………and I had 6 applause breaks that day. No one knew I was mourning. No one knew that I could care less about The Tonight Show or Johnny Carson……
In 1990 I had 3 appearances with the legendary Johnny Carson and a total of 14 applause breaks and I would’ve given it all if I could just have one more day…sharing a bag of French fries with my daughter……
It was the best of times…it was the worst of times…Thank you.
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