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Thursday, September 04, 2014

The comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at age 81, her daughter announced. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends." Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest Aug. 28 during surgery. She had been performing stand-up comedy since the 1960s, first appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965, later becoming his permanent guest host. "When I started out, a pretty girl did not go into comedy. If you saw a pretty girl walk into a nightclub, she was automatically a singer. Comedy was all white, older men," Rivers wrote in 2012. "I didn't even want to be a comedian. Nobody wanted to be a comedian!"


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Rivers joked about dying in her last stand-up performance, which she gave at the Laurie Beechman Theater the night before her cardiac arrest. The author of the Mark at Large blog was in attendance and shared audio of her remarks.

"It's hard getting old. I am now 81 years old, I could die at any second! Pufft, like that. Do you understand how lucky you would be? Do you understand you would have something to talk about the rest of your life? You were there! I was there, she just went over," Rivers joked.


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Here's a link from yesterday:


that tells of her being moved out of the ICU.

No additional word on her passing that was announced just a few minutes ago.

#1 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2014-09-04 03:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

So is she still going to do the Red Carpet? It hardly seems like death could stop her.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-09-04 03:29 PM | Reply | Flag:


RIP Joan

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2014-09-04 03:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

She was on Miami radio via telephone just a couple weeks ago and sounded really good. That whole blow out with Johnny was a sad affair but she moved on and turned around her career. Personally, I was never a fan and was happy that Leno took over the Tonight Show. RIP.

#4 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-09-04 03:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just goes to show you don't make fun of The Messiah's Wife and live to tell about it.

#5 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-09-04 03:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware" - Joan Rivers

Hope they fill her up with botox before the viewing.


#6 | Posted by wurster at 2014-09-04 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

Once on the Tonight Show Johnny asked her about plastic surgery. She told him, "Yes, I've had several procedures". She the added, "What I hate is those that have had it done but won't admit it. A friend of mine always said she'd never had anything done, but her face was so tight when she crossed her legs her mouth flew open".
A very funny woman; RIP.

#7 | Posted by Whizzo at 2014-09-04 03:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

Melissa's last words to her was "Just sign this."

#8 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-09-04 03:37 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 3

Well at least with all that Botox and face-lifts she went out smiling.

#9 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-09-04 03:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

The last thing I saw Rivers in was an episode of Louie where she played herself. The ending is fantastically funny:


#10 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-04 04:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

this whole thread is hilarious & Yes, Joan would approve. It's nice that there're laughs about it, when Robin William's death was so pathetically sad.

#11 | Posted by kenx at 2014-09-04 04:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I liked Her. She didn't care who she offended and she was funny to boot.

#12 | Posted by boaz at 2014-09-04 04:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

I liked Her. She didn't care who she offended and she was funny to boot.

HEY! HEY! Something for BO and I to agree on. I thought she was really funny because she didn't care! Everyone was a target. Even herself. I have never been interested in fashion or TV shows related to it, but her show was entertaining just because she talked ---- on the High And Mighty Hollywood celebs. Her wit was on point for being 80+, which is damn impressive.

#13 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-09-04 05:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

R.I.P. Joan and thanks for the laughs.

#14 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-09-04 05:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

She was nasty and creepy but she was willing to make jokes about herself that were harsh and I admire anyone who somehow managed to stay in the limelight for over half a century.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-04 05:06 PM | Reply | Flag:


She joked the night before they put her in a coma that she was 81 and might not live until the morning.

She was never more on point.

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-09-04 05:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

She was a super-quick wit - her red carpet fashion critiques with Melissa are outstanding, scandalous and rollicking. Rest in peace, gorgeous lady!

#17 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-09-04 05:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

I almost forgot to praise the good work she did in spaceballs.

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-04 06:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Is it too soon to ask about and comment on what she may be wearing to the funeral?

I kid, Joan, I kid! RIP.

#19 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-09-04 07:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Very funny lady who had no problem with getting laughs at her own expense. A good business woman too -- watched her many times promoting her line on QVC. Rest in peace, Joan Rivers.

#20 | Posted by CalifChris at 2014-09-04 07:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

The passing of anyone must remind us of our own mortality and where we want to spend eternity.
So let us make the right choice, while we are still alive physically and there is still time to do so, because once we take our last breath, it is too late.

Whoever calls on the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved - Romans 10:13

- www.deathandlife.org

#21 | Posted by echristian at 2014-09-04 07:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Damn jesus freaks always have to inject a moment of stupid. I've called on jesus more than once to save me and I get no respect.

#22 | Posted by coyote at 2014-09-04 08:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

She died, sorry to hear about it, and my sympathy goes to her family.

Now, does anyone need to hear CNN and Hollywood tout her "greatness" 24/7 when her life was involved in entertainment and being paid very well for something not really important to our society. She had a much better life than 99% of America.

#23 | Posted by Robson at 2014-09-04 08:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Now, does anyone need to hear CNN and Hollywood tout her "greatness" 24/7..."

Nope. That's what that channel changer thing is for.

#24 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-09-04 10:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Childhood parental influences retiring permanently...such is life...rip JR

#25 | Posted by mutant at 2014-09-04 10:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

wow. she finally did something that made me laugh....

#26 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-09-04 11:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

What a hateful shrew.

#27 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-09-05 03:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

I've called on jesus more than once to save me and I get no respect.

#22 | Posted by coyote

Did he twist your arm and make you vote for Obama?

#28 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-09-05 08:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Now, does anyone need to hear CNN and Hollywood tout her "greatness" 24/7 when her life was involved in entertainment and being paid very well for something not really important to our society. She had a much better life than 99% of America."

Yeah, we do. She entertained us for decades and she was drop dead (pun intended) funny. Most female comedians of today owe her for her courage to make jokes about things women didn't joke about in those days. Even big stars like Sandra Bernhart owe her much, she broke the ground for them to do what they do.

#29 | Posted by danni at 2014-09-05 10:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

The embalmer never had an easier job.

RIP Joan.

#30 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-09-05 10:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

RE: 30


First Robin and now Joan...These things seem to come in threes...

RIP Joan and whomever is gonna be the unlucky third recipient of the Checking Out award.

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-09-05 03:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

#23....humor is a very vital part of our society....without it in it's many forms, we would be very void of the release of our serious sides... comedy has been used in those many forms to make great points and also to facilitate a communication of the realistic that would be condemned in any other form.... nothing wrong for being paid well for something you do that is received in a positive way by many others.
Plus, if you really took the time to find out about the things that are not always written about successful people like herself, you would find that her money was utilized in many, many ways of generosity....she was more than just a performer....!!!!!

RIP, Joan....you leave another void in the humor of life...!!!!

#32 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-09-06 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag:


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