R.I.P. Joan Rivers, Forever Outrageous

CANNABIS CULTURE – Joan Rivers, a breakthrough artist who was the first comedienne to perform at Carnegie Hall, died last week at age 81.

As well as her stand-up career, which continued well past retirement age, Rivers was a prolific writer. She authored the films The Girl Most Likely To… and Rabbit Test, which she directed. She also wrote 12 books, starting with Having a Baby Can Be A Scream and the best-selling The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abramowitz. She appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote her final book, Diary of a Mad Diva, on August 4.

“My heart is torn in half. She wasn’t done,” tweeted Sarah Silverman, who just showed off her vape pen before picking up a writing Emmy for her new HBO special.

Rivers was nominated for Drama Desk and Tony awards for her performance in the title role of Sally Marr … and Her Escorts, a 1994 Broadway play based on the life of VIP Lenny Bruce‘s mother. Later, she headed the hilarious Fashion Police and did a reality TV show with her daughter Melissa.

It was on her reality show that Rivers smoked pot in 2012. When TMZ asked her who else she’d smoked with back in the day, she replied, “Oh, Betty White, George Carlin, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby … we had fun.”

“Can we talk?” was Rivers’s catch phrase, and she talked up a storm about marijuana on an Access Live appearance (below) where she says she loves marijuana “because it makes you giggly” but she rarely smoked it because “it makes you eat.” But interestingly, a new study says although females seem more sensitive to marijuana, it’s males who most often get the munchies.

Ellen Komp is Deputy Director of California NORML and a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. She manages the website VeryImportantPotheads.com and blogs at Tokin Woman.