I don’t mind your question but don’t misquote me. I did not say I idolized her. I did not know her. I said I thanked her. You might not be familiar with the history of comedy, I am. Joan changed things in a completley misogynyst business. She (and a few others like Phyliss Diller) pushed through the heaviest doors so that someone like me could even get an audition.
She was a polarizing personality. She was a comic. She was doing her job. Shocking to many. Beloved by many. I did not say I found all of her humour funny, including some of the self-deprecating humor she was most famous for.
I said I applauded her. She worked for five decades in an unbelievably difficult, judgemental and unforgiving industry. She put herself out there. She accepted the hard knocks-and she had her share-and she kept working, fearless, knowing exactly how people felt about her and how polarising she was. She knew who she was.
She owned every success and every failure, publicly.
She was outrageous by all definitions.
And, she was certainly never “anonymous.”
Long before I choose this path, I walked another. In younger days I spent 10+ years as a stand-up comic. I am deeply saddened today. Joan Rivers blazed a trail for so many women in comedy. I thank her.I applaud her.
Thanks. I am glad you enjoy them. As for your other questions you submitted, I am happy to answer, but I prefer to know who I am talking to… Thanks, NJ