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Trisha Paytas and I chatted for nearly an hour! She's such a hot mess and she owns it!
She's also utterly compelling! You must WATCH!
"For me the last three months and six days — not that I'm counting — have been different to say the least. When Janice [Min, THR president and chief creative officer] asked if I would say a few words today, I was overwhelmed. Not just because it is the first time I'm speaking in tribute to my mother, but because every single person in this room could hire me, and a few have actually fired me. You know who you are but I don't want you to feel bad … but technically I am now an orphan… My mother was fearless and I don't mean she didn't have any fears. I mean that although she was only 5'2”, she stood tall and walked through them. That is what made her such a brilliant performer… She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She never apologized for a joke and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that… She just thought of herself as a comic and had to be funnier than everyone else. She just wanted to do her job and that was to make people laugh."
What a sweet remembrance of such a pioneer of comedy.
In addition, Melissa talked about how Joan might feel were she there to experience this event herself:
"She'd not only be grateful and proud, she'd be beyond herself. She'd be sitting at the table, beaming. While very discreetly shoving croissants and silverware into her purse."
We still miss you, Joan.
[Image via AP Images.]