I am deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Rivers. When I was younger, the only thing I wanted to be more than an actress was a stand-up comedian. Back then, there just weren’t very many females in the field, but leading that very small pack was Joan, busting balls and being as good (or better) than any of her male counterparts. Her work ethic was incredible, and she continued to be wickedly funny until the end. She was a huge influence on me and, although I never met her, I feel her loss acutely.
It’s been a sad three weeks, losing her along with Robin Williams, two icons of my personal comedy pantheon. I’ll keep working hard, Joan. I’ll try to keep writing the funny. I’ll try to make you proud.