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Continued: Can we talk about how Joan Rivers blazed a trail for female comics?

  • Article by: SANDY COHEN , Associated Press
  • Last update: September 5, 2014 - 1:24 PM

"She transcended the male comedy world," said Virginia Commonwealth University professor Emilie Raymond. "She opened a whole new realm of what was acceptable for women to talk about: politics, sexuality and the notion of poking fun at celebrities in general."

Though she was known for — and known to joke about — her love of plastic surgery, she said aging didn't really matter in comedy.

"It matters in singing because the voice goes. It matters certainly in acting because you're no longer the sexpot," she wrote in 2012. "But in comedy, if you can tell a joke, they will gather around your deathbed. If you're funny, you're funny. Isn't that wonderful?"

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