Local comedy club plans event to honor Joan Rivers

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island comedy club is planning to honor comedy legend Joan Rivers, who passed away on Thursday.

Just two years ago, Rivers made what would be her final stop in the Ocean State at the Newport Comedy Series. In the 2012 show, the then 79-year-old was active as ever.

Joe Rocco, President of the Newport Comedy Series, said Rivers had a special way of connecting with the audience.

“She got a standing ovation, I remember, she got a bigger standing ovation coming off. The show sold out. The audience absolutely loved her,” he said.

The Comedy Connection in East Providence is hosting an event in her honor on September 17. The proceeds are going to one of Rivers’ favorite charities, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The 81-year-old passed away on Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. She was hospitalized August 28 after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor’s office following a routine procedure.

The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.

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