Ok, I never worked with her, but LOTS of people did. And that’s because the woman NEVER STOPPED WORKING.
Yesterday we lost a true trailblazer and comedy and pop culture icon — Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81.
Here is a great article about what it was like to work with her, and it mirrors some of my feelings — not knowing how fabulous Joan Rivers really was until later in the game.
The piece is also written by one of my favourite people, Julie Klausner.
Here is an excerpt:
“Before I met Joan Rivers, to interview for a writing position on a web series that would never materialize, I spent an afternoon researching her online, and, in the process of doing so, realized she was my idol. As I scrolled through her credits from the desk of my shitty day job, I remember thinking, the way you can suddenly fall in love with a longtime friend, Remember that woman I grew up with? Who was always on TV? Well, it turns out she’s awesome, and I want to be exactly like her. Typically, I was a couple of beats behind. We all were.
We called her a throwback when she was actually ahead of her time. We used the internet to call her mean. Everybody made fun of her face, as though any of us were ever given a choice to look like Angelina Jolie at birth but just checked the wrong box. She took jobs that weren’t cool, and her only reward was more work. She was never — EVER — given her due.”
To read the full thing on Vulture, click here.
Oh and just for fun, here is Joan Rivers interviewing Mr. Rogers.