Joan Rivers was fearless. Or, to be more accurate, a humourist who fearlessly spun fears into gold.
They were golden, Rivers’ potshots, put-downs and zingers – often aimed at herself – that mocked a world of vanities, foolishness and, yes, fear.
“The trouble with me is, I make jokes too often,” she said in 2013. “That’s how I get through life. Life is SO difficult – everybody’s been through something! But you laugh at it, it becomes smaller.”
• Comedian Joan Rivers dies
She was known as acerbic or even cruel, but often there was bitter honesty in the humour, and anyway her targets were big enough to take it.