As I’m sure you all have heard, Joan Rivers, a comedy legend and fashion icon, has passed away today at the age of 81. The fact that Joan was able to become a successful and well-respected female comedian in the 1950’s, well before the second wave of feminism, is absolutely extraordinary. Every female comedian since- Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig- is beholden to the hard work and tenacity of Joan Rivers.
I had the pleasure of seeing Joan Rivers perform live at The Laurie Beechman Theatre two months ago, and remember thinking that I don’t have half of her energy at 21 years old, and she was exactly sixty years older than me. Joan will be remembered forever for her no-holds-barred humor, perseverance, and of course impeccable style.
“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”- Joan Rivers
Rest in peace.