Three other women who changed mod­ern com­edy

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - R14EVIEW - Kathy Grif­fin Amy Schumer

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

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