Scouring through the archives in search of deceased actors, singers, painters, crooks, vagabonds, politicians and Wall Street Executives suitable for inclusion in Dead Day Horoscopes is a daunting task. One constantly has to make judgement calls on the appropriateness of eligible candidates. It was with great remorse that we decided to kill Nikita Krushchev. He would have been ideal. His antics of slamming his shoe on the podium at the UN is the kind of material even comedy writers would have a hard time inventing. As I recall, his shoe wasn’t very big and we all know what that means. Alas, he died on September 1, 1971 and driving humor around September 11 is not something we want to explore. We’re already skating on thin ice with some of these dead folks.
There have been exceptions to humor around September 11. A British Muslim female comic (that descriptor alone is funny) of Pakistani descent cancelled appearances right after the 9/11 attacks. She resurfaced about a year later and wearing standard hijab garb, introduced herself saying, “My name is Shazia Mirza”, pausing and following that with, “At least, that’s what it says on my pilot’s license.”
She brought the house down. She has also received numerous death threats from insulted Muslims.