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Joan Rivers, a singular comic with a writer's conflicted heart
Joan Rivers, a singular comic with a writer's conflicted heart

Meeting Joan Rivers, who had been cracking me up for as long as I can remember standup comedians making me laugh, was a dream come true. When I was a kid I had a comedy album, the only one I’ve ever owned. I used it as material for my fellow fifth-graders. Jokes told by W.C. Fields, Burns & Allen, Groucho Marx and, of course, Rivers. I don’t think I used the Rivers’ bit in my act -- something about the reason a UFO never lands on a Jewish person’s lawn is they’d turn it over to see who made it -- but I remember seizing up with hilarity by the frenetic combustion of her delivery. This was a comic who couldn’t be suppressed. Hers was a female voice, a...

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