BRB. Latest piece. This goes out to all my AIM crushes.
Latest piece. Just a little FYI for future break-ups. xo
And with this one, I can’t.
I do not have a picture of me and Joan Rivers, so I guess I failed.
I’m bad with deaths in general. I never know what to say.
My first instinct upon hearing that this comedy legend has passed was to write.
So I guess I have to make this kind of about me, as she was such a huge inspiration.
I met her last year when I was working on The Jeselnik Offensive. She was a fireball. Full of energy and exactly what I expected. I’ll never forget how we had to fax her (not e-mail) but fax her over the material for the show, and she faxed back her jokes, handwritten. I found this both awesome and charming. Very Sinatra “did it my way,” mentality.
I never got to say to Joan, what I wanted to say. I was worried it was something she probably heard a million times, or it was cliché.
What I wanted to say was, “Thank you.”
Joan has paved the way for so many female comedians. She is the reason I am pursuing comedy. I remember idolizing her as a kid, watching her on the red carpet. Loving how real she was.
So I went to Emerson College and studied Broadcast Journalism because of Joan. I was lucky enough to cover the Emmys and the Oscars on the Red Carpet. But since this was for college, I wasn’t allowed to ask the celebrities, “who they were wearing,” or even make fun of their fashion choices. Which was very difficult for me as this was 2008-9, also known as the year of the orange spray tan.
That summer I performed stand-up comedy for the first time and fell in love. That following summer I moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy. Shocking colleagues that I wasn’t moving to Iowa to cover the local news.
And then I saw A Piece of Work. And that’s when it all clicked. You cannot watch that documentary and not respect Joan. What an incredible life. What an incredible career. The obstacles she overcame and how she was still hustling is truly inspirational.
So Joan, thank you. Thank you for your inspiration, for working so hard and never giving up and paving the way. You will always inspire me, and now I will work harder than ever in hopes of one day inspiring someone else.
Rest in Peace, Joan.