I only met Joan Rvers once, many years ago backstage after one of her performances. We had a nice chat about politics, which she was careful to note was never more than a bit player in her routines. ”Why alienate half the potential ticket-buyers with political stuff that is usually more sad than funny?” was her pithy explanation.
Rivers had a knack for summing up her philosophy: “I think if I work very hard, I should be able to gather the fruits of my labor. And I think if you’re not about to work, you should get minimal and leave me alone.”
When it came to comic one-liners and zingers Joan Rivers didn’t leave us alone for a full half-century and more of performing. We are all the better for having her bite, even if it sometimes turned into bile. All of it was funny because we knew she was being her outrageous self.