“What? Too soon?” said Joan Rivers as she walked on stage holding a mic in her hand at a press conference she called in response to the blowback her comments generated on the current crisis in the Middle East. “Give me a break here, already. I hope you didn’t take anything that I said seriously. I’m a comedian, remember?”
Rivers insists if she is guilty of anything, it is bad timing.
“Everybody knows tragedy plus time equals comedy,” said Rivers as she explained her theory of comedy.
Rivers maintains her humorous observations on the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip were merely too soon.
“I should’ve given it a week or so,” said Rivers. “Then I would’ve had them rolling in the aisles.”
Rivers points out historical events from the past that resulted in the loss of innocent lives, which were then viewed at the time as a tragedy; however, now, with the passage of time, are looked upon differently.
“Remember how we all felt 'bad' about having to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?” said Rivers. “Sure it was a 'so-called' tragedy back then. But now, looking back, it's hilarious. Personally, I can’t stop laughing every time I think about it. And pee a little every time I do.”
Rivers claims she has written an entire series of jokes in the Japanese Haiku style of poetry, which she interchangeably uses Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the punch lines.
“In fact, they’re half of my new act I’m putting together for a gig I got going in the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel and Casino on that other little strip called Las Vegas next week,” said Rivers. “I’ll be opening for a Wop named Frank Sinatra. Any of you bums ever heard of him?”