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.

 

Top Five Political Fails for the Week of August 24, 2013

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A San Diego radio station put this up as their message to Bob Filner.

 

Yeah, every week is a crazy one in the rough and tumble world of politics.  This is a roundup of some of the fun pundits had watching their favorite sport.  You can read that here.

And some bonus content readers here:

Near Fails:

1. Sarah for Senate?

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If Sarah had stayed here, comedy writers all over the country would have been denied her awesomeness. Wasilla City Hall in Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative columnist Bill Crystal knows what Sarah Palin needs to do to get her gravitas back (did she ever have any?).  She needs to run for the Senate!  Yes, he thinks she should run against incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in Alaska next year.

Read more here.

Now, I would like to see a Palin Senate campaign because it would be hilarious.  I write satire and it would be a gift from the heavens for me (oh, Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell, please run for something else, we miss you!) but I don’t think she has the stomach for real policy.  Quitting her day job ten minutes after she lost in 2008 made that pretty clear.  She doesn’t want to make a difference, she wants to make money.

Read more here.

This is a near fail because it’s never going to happen.

 2. Liz Cheney’s Goes Fishing

When Liz Cheney moved back to Wyoming to run for the Senate (challenging another non-liberal, Mike Enzi) she did what she thought she should do — get a fishing license.  The problem?  You need to be in the area at least a year to get one legally so she lied on her application.  She paid a fine but blamed the clerk for making the mistake (her application said she had been a Wyoming resident for 10 years).  Enzi is ahead in the polls and apparently, Wyoming residents take this kind of thing seriously.  Take home message: don’t lie on your permit applications.  Read more here.

 

 WIN!

It’s not all bad. This isn’t a political story but a win nonetheless.  Antoinette Tuff’s quick thinking saved the day when a gunman entered a school in Georgia.  This could have been Sandy Hook all over again but it wasn’t.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t27sSMoYSjI

 

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Because laughter is truly the best medicine…

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I am getting back on stage!

 

This week, I will be all about NYC.  The biggest show will be at the Eastville Comedy Club in New York City on Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30 pm.  The tickets are free but reservations are required.  Email reservations@eastvillecomedy.com.  Please let me know if you can make it so I can get a sense of how many people I have coming.

 

If you are in Washington, DC, I will put my upcoming schedule up as soon as it is ready.

 

Hope to see you out somewhere!