The losses of our nation’s great comedians continued today with the death of Joan Rivers. Joan was a trail blazer for female comedians since she first appeared, nearly fifty years ago on The Ed Sullivan Show. Joan’s no holds barred approach to comedy made her a very controversial figure, especially early on in her career. Later in her career, her red carpet hosting was the reason to tune in to awards shows.
Like many comedians, Joan’s life included a lot of dark periods. Her beloved husband Edgar’s suicide around the time her Fox late night talk show was cancelled was difficult. Joan admitted to contemplating suicide during that time, and her interviews often including her offering support to depressed people going through a dark time encouraging them to push through because things change and life does get better. Continue reading