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.
Musical legend Sheila E. was literally born into the business, yet she paid more than her share of dues at the beginning of her career, playing to empty rooms and living from gig to gig.
My Huffington readers well know that I attend a great many food events in the course of a year....but I've never made a secret of the fact that my favorite is an annual September event called L.A. LOVES ALEX'S LEMONADE.
Rivers has shocked us again, dramatically exiting just when we all were expecting more. Shocking people may very well be the thing that she did best.
This week, we lost Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, at 81-years-young (as Sarah Silverman tweeted: "She wasn't done."). Rivers was a true trailblazer. Known now for the red carpet, she began with the glass ceiling, shattering it by telling-- and sometimes shouting -- unspoken truths. "A girl, you're 30-years-old, you're not married -- you're an old maid," she said, satirizing the prevalent culture. "A man, he's 90-years-old, he's not married -- he's a catch!" That was 1967 on the Ed Sullivan Show. "My act spoke to women who weren't able to talk about things," she said. "I was talking about things that were really true." And she never stopped. Through all her iterations, struggles, ups and downs, there was never anything fake about her -- except for her plastic-surgery-altered face, which, of course, she gleefully lampooned. Asked what she wanted on her tombstone, she replied: "She had a great time." As did we.
She could make fun of herself. I loved the recent commercials she made making fun of herself and her numerous cosmetic surgeries.
Comedy is a natural antidote for euphemistic, political jargon aimed at stifling debate and far too many people in the Jewish community today confuse criticism with malicious intent. Stewart's recent Daily Show segment highlights the sad reality faced by many in the American Jewish community.
After a seven-year streak, much to my dismay, Tuesday night was the final Chelsea Lately show. I have watched every episode of this show since it started, and even have some of my favorite episodes from years ago saved on my DVR.
Big network shows like Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show have seen huge lifts in viewership on Youtube. It makes perfect sense. There's a limit and ceiling to the growth of Fallon's audiece who will watch his show on TV.
While pro-Republican partisans seem to be exiting the fight, former members of the media, and key Democratic strategists connecting to Clinton and Obama, are leading the fight.
It's just so delicious. Plus, bacon and jalapeños improve almost everything.
Employment rates of vets don't show the years they cannot now make up. The don't show the rate of underemployment. Many veterans have had to accept low-wage, dead-end jobs that may pay their bills but don't fully tap their skills or allow them to engage in fulfilling careers.
Perhaps Brown would be interested in knowing that charter schools, non-union schools and schools without tenure protections actually don't outperform their counterparts.
The number of times that Sen. McCain hasn't just been wrong, but deadly wrong, on matters of our security is nearly impossible to count. Maybe the DC fishbowl has convinced itself that McCain has been prescient. Well, I'm here to give them a quick education, because many of us who have served in the these conflicts are less convinced.
In a world filled with cutting satire and brutal parody and subversive deconstruction, he was one of those comics who really believed the purpose of comedy was to make people happy, to help people forget.
The black-and-gold JPEG invitation arrived in my inbox back in June, miraculously dodging the spam filter. "You and a guest are invited to join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary." It was from Hustler magazine.