We're very sad - and, frankly, surprised - to hear about the passing of Judy Tenuta. I'd followed Tenuta on facebook for a while and was aware she was ill, but saw no indication that she wasn't likely to recover.
Tenuta was part of the stand-up comedy explosion of the 1980's and was close enough to my wheelhouse while also pushing on the boundaries of my suburban Texas world - and funny as hell - that I was as much of a fan as a kid who was not hitting any comedy clubs could be.
With her persona, turns of phrase and storytelling, she was kind of doing a bit of performance art that was rare then and I don't think there's much of anything like it now.
Se didn't ever cross over into movie stardom and I don't think she ever got a sitcom. but she was amazingly fun and her facebook was relentlessly positive, often tagged with #itcouldhappen.
Anyway, I'll miss knowing she's out there. Who will call us pigs now?