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NYPD Impounds Joan Rivers’ Joke Files

Sep 082014
 By , September 8, 2014

Joan Rivers’ “words of mass destruction” are “dangerous in the wrong hands,” say police

NEW YORK CITY — City authorities in New York yesterday sealed off Joan Rivers’ Upper East Side apartment, barring access to her famous filing cabinet of jokes and one-liners.

joan riversReferred to in many recent obituaries and featured in the TV documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the wall-sized cabinet includes thousands of note cards, arranged alphabetically by topic — politics, sex, religion, etc. Many incisively deflate pretension, hypocrisy and arrogance.

Wiley Norvell, a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Comic Relief noted that the NYPD moved swiftly as soon as the threat was identified.

“Obviously Joan Rivers’ WMDs (Words of Mass Destruction) are far too dangerous to leave about for anyone to pick up and repeat,” said Norvell.

“Look at this one,” he said. “‘A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes 19 or 20 mistakes, she’s a tramp.’ The entire women’s movement is in that.

And this one: “‘The whole Michael Jackson thing was my fault. I told him to date only 28-year-olds. Who knew he would find 20 of them?’ Imagine what Anne Coulter or Rush Limbaugh could do with that.”

The OCR spokesman added that Rivers’ humorously bitter observations were a “comedic time bomb” that could be lethal in the wrong hands.

“These vicious little IEDs can do a lot of personal and collateral damage,” he noted. “Check it out: ‘My vagina is like Newark. Men know it’s there, but they don’t want to visit.’ You can’t help thinking of Anne Coulter.”

The spokesperson noted that like most Bush Radio personalities, Coulter and Limbaugh had long ago ceased to be funny or even relevant. “Rivers’ material could well revive their flagging careers,” the spokesman said. “Neither has been even vaguely amusing in years. It takes talent to be simultaneously humorous and insulting.”

Joan Rivers’ friend, comedian Kathy Griffin, said that Rivers had promised her the collection, and that she was suing for possession. “If anyone deserves the saggy tits jokes it’s me,” Griffin said.

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Michael was born in South Africa at the height of the apartheid era He quickly became involved in the underground resistance movement, knew Nelson Mandela and other prominent revolutionaries, some of whom later moved into privileged positions formerly occupied by whites. After several exciting escapes, he was forced to flee the country in disguise. He successfully made his way to the UK and gained his PhD at Cambridge on a university scholarship, He then pursued the dual career of college professor and social revolutionary, provoking academic and political mayhem wherever he went. Having thus failed miserably at both politics and education, he now cynically rails like Diogenes at the foibles of mankind in bitter satires and faintly subtly edgy political cartoons. History will, however absolve him. In 2006 he discovered a new Shakespeare play, but it's going to take a new generation to acknowledge it.

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