It's been a difficult month for the comedy world. Today we lost Joan Rivers — just weeks after Robin Williams’s death, and only months after we said goodbye to Elaine Stritch. And, while it’s easy to be very sad about this passing
, we should remember that Rivers herself wouldn’t want us to be. In her typical outrageous style, she once wrote, "Death doesn’t scare me. I just want to leave a legacy — something sexual would be good."
In her 2014 memoir, Diary of a Madwoman
, Rivers was explicit that we shouldn't be sad about her death — except for Meryl Streep
, whom the comedian demanded be "crying in five different accents." Rivers also asked that the public "make sure the guy who cuts the tombstone is a good speller," remember she spent many winters in Mexico — but that we "not list my next of kin as Poncho the Donkey.”
Rivers’ colleagues are, in a familiar ritual, taking to Twitter to remember her. Ahead, how the comedians she inspired are keeping her legacy alive today.