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Remembering Joan Rivers

English: Joan Rivers at Musto's 25th Anniversary.

Yesterday, Hollywood threw Joan Rivers the memorial service she said she wanted.  It was full of celebrities and celebration of her life and humor.  I never got to see her perform in person, nor did I ever get to meet her.  Yes, I am selfish enough to feel badly that I never will.

Jimmy Kimmel said that she was not just a role model for female comedians but for all comedians.  I think that is true but comedy is very much male dominated.  A DC area comedian Valerie Paschall has a joke about that.  She says that the women comics had a drinking game; we would drink every time a comic told a dick joke but we’d be drunk before the first comedian’s five minute set was over so we stopped. (Trust me, she does a funnier job with it on stage).

Rivers acknowledged the difficulties women face in comedy.  She didn’t say it was harder, per se, but different.  Her presence on the scene — and her last stand-up performance was the night before she had that fateful throat procedure — paved the way for a number of women to join her.  Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey… the list goes on and on.  Comediennes who destroy the myth that “women just aren’t funny.”

I started doing stand-up about four years ago in Washington, DC.  I had always wanted to try it and wasn’t sure how so I took a class at the DC Improv.  Comedian Chris Coccia taught “Five Minutes to Funny.”  I have been performing ever since and LOVE IT.

Thank you, Joan.  We will miss you but luckily, you have us more than 50 years of footage to keep you alive for generations.  You will continue to inspire all of us to reach beyond what we think we can do.  You may be gone but will never be forgotten.

 

Wanna see my stand-up?

There’s good news! You can! I just got back from NYC and am all about stand-up. You can check out my new YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/hobbesdurden, channel name — Hobbes’ House of Soap) or… you can come out and check me out live.

Thursday 29 September @ 7:30, The Comedy Spot in Ballston, VA. 4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA. http://www.comedyindc.com/

Tuesday 4 October: Still TBD but I will either be at Tonic near Foggy Botton or Solly’s on U Street.

Wednesday 5 October @ 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30): Pardon the Pundit live comedy contest at the Arlington Cinema Draft House. If you can only make one of my shows this year, PLEASE make it this one. I need your help getting to the next round!

Thursday 6 October @ 8:00 (doors open at 6:30): Red Lounge on U Street, 2013 14th Street NW.

Friday 14 October @ TBD: I will be somewhere.

(Note: I plan to go to NYC to do some stand-up near Halloween and will be at Bar 82 but the details have yet to be worked out.)

Sunday 6 November @ 8:00 (doors open at 6:30): Makin’ Whoopie benefit for “Suited for Change” at the DC Improv Comedy Lounge (1140 CT Avenue, NW).

Friday 2 December @ 8:00: DC Improv Grad Showcase at the DC Improv Comedy Lounge (1140 CT Avenue, NW).