Well, it seems that everything comes in threes, as we say goodbye to comedy and entertainment icon, Joan Rivers who passed away today at age 81.
Here is a portion of the obituary published by The New York Times:
Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81.
Her daughter, Melissa, confirmed her death.
Ms. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was taken last Thursday after reportedly losing consciousness while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at a doctor’s office on the Upper East Side. Doctors at the hospital placed her in a medically induced coma. On Tuesday, her daughter said she was on life support; on Wednesday, she said she had been moved out of intensive care:
The State Health Department is investigating the circumstances that led to her death, a state official said Thursday.
Vivacious even as a nipped-and-tucked octogenarian, flitting from coast to coast and stage to studio in a whirl of live and taped shows, publicity stunts and cosmetic surgery appointments, Ms. Rivers evolved from a sassy, self-deprecating performer early in her career into a coarser assassin, slashing at celebrities and others with a rapier wit that some critics called comic genius in the bloodletting vein of Lenny Bruce. Others called it downright vicious. But if she turned the scowlers off, she left millions in stitches.
Here’s one of my personal favorite photos of Joan Rivers:
If you’ve never seen her clip from the show Louie, it’s worth checking out:
Joan Rivers’ sass and fabulousness are going to be greatly missed.
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Entertainment Weekly is reporting the sad and sudden death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. Although a suicide hasn’t been confirmed by Robin Williams’ publicist, a “press release issued by the Marin County Coronor’s office, the Sheriff’s office suspects the death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.”” His representative released this statement with regards to Williams’ death:
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.
From the EW obituary:
Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus, and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love. His sitcom The Crazy Ones premiered on CBS last fall, but was not picked up for a second season.
The film and comedy community lost an important and valued member. Robin Williams has touched many lives and will be missed dearly by his friends, family, and fans.
Yesterday, I went to the bar with my boyfriend and his sister, who is visiting us from Rochester this week. The bar we went to, Idle Hour, specializes in Chartreuse cocktails, so Christine and I decided to each order one. It was made with Chartreuse, gin, a bit of orange, and tonic water. Little did we know that this drink was going to be SUPER strong. She couldn’t finish hers, so I decided to drink mine and finish hers off too (Worst idea? Or best idea? I’m not sure.)
Before I knew it, I was on a rant about how brilliant Weird Al is. In fact, it might just be my best buzzed rant to date. Jason tried to tell me that he thought he was just “okay”, and oh no, I wasn’t having it. I think I even sang a bit of White & Nerdy just to prove him wrong.
Anyway, as part of his #8videos8days, here’s Weird Al’s parody of Royals by Lorde. It gets pretty weird pretty fast.
Edit: In case you missed it, here’s yesterday’s Word Crimes spoof of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.
Video autoplays, click the picture to watch the full video on Stereogum.
Oh my god. You have no idea how happy this parody makes me. From Nerdist:
Featuring guest appearances from comedians Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, the video shot on location at the historic Palace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, the same space that was used as Julianne Moore’s apartment in The Big Lebowski.
As if this couldn’t get any better, Weird Al is quoted as confidently regarding his album as the best yet, “I am very proud of it […] I think its my best album to date.”
What do you do when you come home and there’s an owl chilling in your place? Well, you whisper sweet noth–er, swear words, at it while it chills out on your Swiffer mop. I can only hope that every night the owl returns for his dose of mumbled “Ohhh fuck” and “Sweet Jesus”
Sorry for the delay, DotD’ers. I just got out of a mega stressful meeting (clammy hands and all) so now I’m sitting here grumbling about this stupid ass vegetarian water. Of all the stupidest things in this stupid universe that have to stupidly exist, this takes the stupid cake.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to try to stop thinking about this stupid vegetarian water. If you’re bored, you can tweet angrily using #VegetarianWater