I will have to confess that I love zingers — as long as they arenâ€™t slung at me. Remembering Joan Rivers and the way she was able to laugh first at herself and then poke fun at others brings a smile to my face and heart. “The trouble with me is, I make jokes too often,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “That’s how I get through life. Life is SO difficult — everybody’s been through something! But you laugh at it, it becomes smaller.”
Joan Riverâ€™s sardonic wit could cut a person in two but she also had a compassionate and tender side. One of the organizations she supported with money and presence was Godâ€™s Love We Deliver. The mission of God’s Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition.
The organization also provides illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to its clients, families, care providers and other service organizations. All services are provided free of charge without regard to income.
I donâ€™t wear make-up to hide my life-lines but have always loved her line, – “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.” In addition to making us laugh, I feel Joan Rivers also made us think. She was a trail blazer for women in comedy and a feminist voice in society in general.
There is no debating that Joan Rivers worked very hard to be successful. She was once billed at a strip club by the stand-up name â€œ’Pepper January’ â€” offering â€œComedy with Spice.â€ So I am offering you these images: â€œPopping Peppersâ€ and â€œLines and Lampsâ€ in honor of Joan Rivers.
Without Joan Riverâ€™s one-liners I guess we might have to depend on the captions for the cartons in the New Yorker to keep us laughing â€“ although there are all those up-and-coming women comedians, thanks to Joanâ€™s inspiration and trail blazing into the lands once dominated solely by â€œJohnny.â€