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Chris Rock Salutes Joan Rivers: ‘One of the Greatest’ Stand-Ups

Chris Rock Salutes Joan Rivers: ‘One of the Greatest’ Stand-Ups

“She didn’t give a fuck,” Rock says in new interview. “She was the hippest comedian from the time she started to the day she died”

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As comedy legend Joan Rivers was being laid to rest on September 7th, Chris Rock was at the Toronto Film Festival promoting his new movie, Top Five. But the comedian-filmmaker still made time for a passionate tribute to the late comic, calling Rivers “one of the greatest stand-up comedians to ever live” in a video chat with The Hollywood Reporter.

As comedy legend Joan Rivers was being laid to rest on September 7th, Chris Rock was at the Toronto Film Festival promoting his new movie, Top Five. But the comedian-filmmaker still made time for a passionate tribute to the late comic, calling Rivers “one of the greatest stand-up comedians to ever live” in a video chat with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I know people are like, ‘Joan Rivers broke down all these barriers for women, blah blah blah,'” Rock said. “I think it’s a disservice to even group her in any. . . She’s better than [Don] Rickles; she’s one of the best female stand-ups to ever live. No man ever said, ‘Yeah, I want to go on after Joan.’ No, Joan Rivers closed the show every night.”

Rock praised Rivers’ “show must go on” attitude toward performing, using the example of Rivers filming an episode of her Fox talk show right after her husband, Edgar Rosenberg, committed suicide. Rock also praised her ability to stay relevant with her comedic references (and targets) up until her death at age 81.

“She was 81 years old,” he said. “In the history of comedy, no comedian has ever been that old and still hip. Hey, I love [Bill] Cosby — slowing down a bit. Rickles — slowing down a bit. I know comedians 40 years younger than Joan Rivers that are still telling Reagan jokes and Clinton and all sorts of lame references that they should have thrown out years ago.

“Joan Rivers never hung on to anything. She’s like, ‘OK, I’m doing Liz Taylor jokes. Oh she’s done? There must be a new fat bitch to make fun of.’ She did not fucking play. She’s like, ‘I got Lindsay Lohan. What’s Justin Bieber doing? She didn’t give a fuck. She was the hippest comedian from the time she started to the day she died. So don’t put Joan Rivers in a box – because she’s like Mount Rushmore.”

Rivers died on September 4th, following complications from a routine throat surgery. Her private funeral featured an array of celebrity friends – including David Letterman, Donald Trump and Howard Stern, the latter delivering the eulogy. “She fought the stereotype that women couldn’t be funny,” Stern said, according to People. “She was responsible for putting the red carpet into prime time.”

The service opened with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus performing Broadway staple “Hey, Big Spender”; according to the The New York Times, the event also featured bagpipers and drummers from the New York Police Department performing “New York, New York” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.”

Source : BY  @ Rolling Stone Mag

Man dies after fatal shooting at London’s Avalon Club

Man dies after fatal shooting at London’s Avalon Club

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Shaftesbury Avenue was closed while police investigated the fatal shooting

A man has died in hospital after he was shot at a private function inside a nightclub in London’s West End.

The shooting happened at the Avalon club in Shaftesbury Avenue at about 03:00 GMT.

The victim, believed to be 31, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe they know the identity of the man but await formal identification.

A man has been arrested and is being questioned at a south London police station.

The next of kin of the man thought to be the victim had been informed, the Metropolitan Police said.

Shaftesbury Avenue has been closed while police investigate.

The Avalon Soho describes itself as a cocktail lounge with live DJs every night.

Its website says it is “a revitalised venue that oozes creativity and class”, and which brings “a unique and stylish vibe to the heart of West End’s party scene”.

Source : BBC News

Kris Kross Rapper Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly Dies

Kris Kross Rapper Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly Dies

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Chris Kelly, known as one half of the 1990s US rap duo Kris Kross, has died at the age of 34 in what police say may have been a drug overdose.

Police were called to Kelly’s home in south Atlanta at around 4:30pm (local time) on Wednesday.

He was taken to the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Centre and pronounced dead around 5pm.

Corporal Kay Lester of the Fulton County police said “it appears it may have been a possible drug overdose”.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out to establish an official cause of death.

Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy,” and Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac”, were introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri.

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Police say Kelly may have died from a drug overdose

He had discovered the pair in an Atlanta shopping centre.

Their most famous song was the frenetic Jump, taken from their multi-platinum debut album Totally Krossed Out.

And they were also known for their fashion style, wearing their clothes backwards.

Jump reached number one in the US and Australia and two in the UK.

Their musical achievements led to instant fame. They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and even had their own video game.

The duo was never able to match the success of their first song, though they had other hits like Warm It Up and Tonite’s Tha Night.

Earlier this year, the pair performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri’s label, So So Def.

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