Heaven has just definitely got a lot more interesting…. She always took a tragedy and tried to make it funny. She’s the one who taught us to laugh at ourselves.”
Legendary Las Vegas celebrity impersonator Frank Marino has paid tribute to Joan Rivers, his performance muse, in the touching new video above.
Marino, who has been impersonating Rivers in Las Vegas since 1985, has a long and loving history with the late comedian. Joan even recorded this amazing (and hilarious – duh) congratulatory video for his 25th anniversary:
In 1986, Rivers sued Marino for $5 million for stealing her copyrighted material. Since then, the two had reconciled.
In addition to Marino’s touching tribute video, KTNV news also featured his performance dedication to Rivers:
Joan’s passing on September 4 has impacted so many in the drag community (and beyond). The comedian provided inspiration to many performers and will be sorely missed. But know one thing: Joan lived a happy and fulfilling life…