Three other women who changed modern comedy
Quentin Crisp once said of Kathy Griffin’s heroine, Joan Rivers, “we laugh at what she does, we weep for what she is”. Anyone who beheld Griffin’s enormous Bel Air mansion (Kim and Kanye are neighbours) during the long-running reality show My Life On The D-list won’t have wept too hard for her, but still the sight of this comedy legend constantly presenting herself as a victim — of the tabloid media, the patriarchy, or Donald Trump — may have caused us to wince slightly. Perhaps they can cast their minds back to a time when Griffin was a genuine comedy innovator and one of the biggest stand-up acts of the Noughties.
With her cute, “cabbage patch doll” face and sweet manner, people never really saw Amy Schumer coming, as far as black humour was concerned. But those who heard her stonecold takedowns during the Roast of Mike Tyson knew this was a comedy legend in the