Okay, here's the deal: I love Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler. Both are women who don't apologize for anything they say, think, or do, and became incr...
I even spotted comedienne Rosie in the front row of Barbara Walter's final appearance on The View on May 16, 2014 after Barbara's 800 episodes and 50 years in television.
As I reflect on the life and career of Joan Rivers, I think about the women in the entertainment business who were the firsts and broke new ground. We'll learn about just a few of these pioneering women in this blog post.
Can we talk? The Joan Rivers catchphrase is especially poignant for one figure in the paranormal community in the days following the comedian's death.
Serious listening is not selective, and involves a degree of compassion. Even the Buddha knew that.
We owe a lot in this world, and to this world, but humor never needs an offset. Even when used as a weapon, it is more salvation than scathe, far more valuable and meaningful than an apology that's tossed out of the getaway car of opportunism.
Mel Brooks did what so many have wanted to: he gave Hollywood the finger.
I envy you because you have been witness to all of these wonderful moments of progress. You've had to stand there, signs in hand, tired vocal chords, aching feet, watching as state after state legalized gay marriage. You've had to watch as gay marriage made it to a federal level -- and won.
We need to emphasize and celebrate the values, passions, memories and legacies of those we have lost rather than constantly rewinding how they were taken from us.
I remember Joan Rivers, the year was around 1976, I think of maybe a little before or after, and I was so young and loved to laugh. But who doesn't? ...
I met Joan Rivers once in my career. It was the mid-aughts. There was a rumor that she had written a new play that she wanted to bring to Broadway. I needed the scoop!
In the end, it's not about denial or even weighing the risks against the consequences. It's about confronting these things head on when they happen and hopefully finding a way to get past the hurt, the anger, the denial.
As an adult, I've enjoyed following Joan Rivers' career, and was never one to join in on mocking her plastic surgery or her family traumas. I felt protective of her.
Stop caring. Stop it right now. Stop caring what other people think of you. Throw yourself fully into what you're here to do. I am not saying be rude and insensitive; take a lesson from Joan Rivers and be willing to do what it takes to make your mark.
The temple was huge and packed and silent and all her fancy friends were there, as well as many of us girl comics, because we had lost our dear leader (I do see her as my own personal Kim Jong Ill, as she was tiny yet commanded an empire) and so it was our saddest day.
Joan Rivers was a woman off the fence. She lived life on her own terms. She was ballsy, gutsy and ridiculous at times. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind, and in fact, to her admission, her success came as a direct result.