Hollywood Remembers Joan Rivers

“There are no words,” Whoopi Goldberg tweeted. “Bon Voyage Joan.”

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When news broke that Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81, the comedy world came out en masse to mourn the trailblazer.

Amy Poehler, who is not on Twitter, released a statement.


“What a full life. Every woman in comedy is indebted to her. She was there at the beginning and funny to the end. RIP Joan.”

As did Louis C.K.


“I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she’s gone. She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt. She was a prolific and unpredictable, joyful joke writer. She loved comedy. She loved the audience. She was a great actress and should have done that more. She loved living and working. She was kind. She was real. She was brave. She was funny and you just wanted to be around her. I looked up to her. I learned from her. I loved her. I liked her. And I already miss her very much. It really fucking sucks that she had to die all of a sudden.”

And David Letterman.


“Here’s a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts — she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard … but it was hilarious … the force of her comedy was overpowering.”

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