In the 1990s, Griffin began performing as a stand-up comedian and also appeared as a guest star on several television shows.

She achieved wider recognition after her role as a supporting character in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (1996–2000).

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She said that, at one show, she went backstage and talked with Groundling member Phil Hartman and asked him what the group was all about.

This led to her taking classes there and eventually being asked into the Groundling's main company.

Her first appearance on television was as an extra on a Chicago White Sox commercial, and she was signed with several Chicago talent agencies.

At 18, Griffin persuaded her parents to move to Los Angeles to help her become famous. True Hollywood Story segment, she stated that she often went to see the Groundlings perform before she joined.Maggie Griffin worked as a cashier for Oak Park Hospital.Griffin has four older siblings: Kenny, Joyce (died 2017), Gary (died 2014), and John.Griffin has taped numerous standup comedy specials with HBO and Bravo.For the latter network, she has recorded 16 television specials, breaking the Guinness World record for the number of aired TV specials on any network, by any comedian in the history of comedy.She has starred in several comedy specials for cable TV and has released several comedy albums.