Her humor was a little too mean spirited for my tastes. It seemed like she usually appealed to the lowest common denominator through cheap shot, personal insults. The kind I'm sure she found personally appalling when her husband committed suicide. When you're reduced to calling the first lady a tranny to try to get a cheap laugh, maybe it's time to go.
I already miss her. RIP.
@1, thank you. And let's not forget she was perfectly happy with Palestinian civilians being killed in the last round of attacks. She was a trailblazer but she should have retired awhile back.
@1, mean-spirited comedy is the BEST, if done correctly.

The "First Lady is a tranny" stuff is from when she was in her 80s. She gets a little slack for that. She was fucking brilliant in her day, just razor sharp.
I see Joan's influence on many Stranger writers. Her snark's foundation, however, was self-deprecating humor. Unlike many Stranger writers...
She made life interesting.
the appropriate grieving period is 2 to 3 weeks. We'll see you back here on Slog near the end of September. Your great respect for Joan is admired. Bye for now.
Thanks, Gern. I've always found her too mean spirited, too. (If there is a correct way to do it, she didn't do it that way.)
Best comment I've seen yet comes from Gawker:

"She died as she lived: having surgery."
Meh...I'm w/ Fnarf...and she was amazing. Insult-comics are as old as it comes. Joan Rivers was happy to turn it on everyone, including herself (and the caricature/monster she'd created with her plastic surgeries). I was kind of hoping she'd pull through, though ambivalent, because she'd probably never be the same or able to work again after a cardiac event like that. She went out working, mostly.

"The Palestinian citizens deserve to be dead. You're dead, you deserve to be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that. They were told to get out. They didn’t get out. You don’t get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with low IQs."

Let's have a big round of applause for Joan Rivers' marvelous sense of comedy.

Rush Limbaugh? Really?
Calmly waits for Joan Rivers to pipe in with a too-soon, inappropriate joke about Joan Rivers' death.....keeps waiting.......waiting.......waiting......
@13, see #12.
SHe was very funny at one time, one of the best standups, not one of the best female but one of the best of all types. The last few years she lost an edge & was just mean & nasty. The movie of her life showed her to be suffering from the awful ego that has destroyed many top comics, it was full of raw bullshit and ugly. But she should be remembered for the top quality stuff she did before all that.
#13 - yes, Rush Lamebrain. The last few years were devoted to afflicting the afflicted and not in a nice way. That and promoting her no-talent daughter are best forgotten now that she is dead. Dig up some of her early stuff on youtube & remember why Carson had her sub for him. Then it made perfect sense, the last 10 years - oh hell no.
I was her bellman once circa 1990. She was polite and engaging and, at the very least, didn't undertip.

She had her Yorkie, Spike, along, and asked me if I would come by at the end of my graveyard shift to take him for a walk. She actually looked better than a person might expect first thing in the morning after little sleep with no makeup.

To this day, though, I have not encountered a smarter, better-trained dog. At the end of the walk he led me straight to the elevator and, upon exiting that, straight back to the correct room. I was floored.
Right now, I would offer a Kaddish to Joan Rivers, and those who past away today, and hope there is peace and love to all those who loved her and cherish her...
@18, thanks, Fred. Nice story.
Despite all angles that might annoy folks, Joan Rivers made you laugh, whether you liked it or not. She is on par or surpasses Groucho Marx, Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Lenny Bruce, Betty White, Bea Arthur, Dame Edna, Dan Savage, Don Rickles, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, and many more.
This is sad. It is hard to think of another person so full of life. I never thought she would die. I hope I have as much energy as she had when I get older.

Goodbye Dot.
She was not funny, sorry. I think she'll be remembered most for her freakish plastic surgery. She looked like a very scary clown by the end.

@9 - That's absolutely perfect. Gawker FTW

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