Her piece on at Taki's Magazine, "From Joan to Donald" begins with one of the most irreverent jokes Joan Rivers ever told. I mean it is so toxic, I apologized to God for laughing:
“I lost my whole family in Auschwitz. Seriously: I waited in the gift shop for hours.”Of course, there is no such thing. It's at Buchenwald.
Rivers was a pioneer in comedy not because she was a woman. There were women in comedy who predated her. Selma Diamond was part of Sid Caesar's team of great writers, which included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, and Woody Allen. But what made Rivers a pioneer was her willingness to be impolite on television.
Maybe you get to Richard Pryor without her; of course you do. But she preceded him. She was your aunt who knew the family secrets and would spill them just to shock her contemporaries, and amuse the younger generation.
Now how you get from Joan Rivers to Donald Trump is via her Republicanism.
Joan Rivers didn’t “get no respect,” she “never got a dinner”—because she was a Republican.
This fact is treated as ever-so-slightly freakish, akin to having a third nipple, by (otherwise detached if somewhat prolix) author Leslie Bennetts in the breezy new bio Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers.
In the book, Rivers confidante Sue Cameron sums up her friend’s reasoning: “I don’t want to be broke” and “I don’t want to be killed by an Arab” were the comedian’s two nonnegotiables, and she felt that the GOP were more likely than the Democrats to share those priorities.Makes sense. Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, and Woody Allen got a dinner because they were liberal.
President Trump never got the dinner because he was from Queens and he saved Manhattan, which Manhattan-ites always resented. It should have been one of their guys who did it, but their guys were in Stamford, making Connecticut great again.
Most Jews don’t like Trump much, but a Jewish friend who does finds that hysterical:
They say he’s loud? They should hear themselves in restaurants; sometimes I have to leave. Trump has bad taste? You should see the inside of their houses, with the marble and the gold. He’s in the New York real estate businesses, he’s crazy for Israel, his grandkids probably call him “Zaidie”
If only Joan Rivers had lived to see it: The first Jewish president. And a Republican, even.There is some Joan Rivers left in Kathy Shaidle.
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