On Friday morning we learned that writer, comedian, actor and monologist David Rakoff lost his battle with cancer. He was 47.
Odds are that most of the handful of people who find their way to this blog everyday are not familiar David Rakoff. He was most known for his regular monologues on This American Life where I discovered his work. David has published several books collecting his essays. His most recent book, Don't Get Too Comfortable, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2011.
David's essays were dark, always funny and incredibly honest. He faced is final cancer diagnosis with candor and courage. David refused to indulge in self-pity. In his last interview with Terry Gross, David's response to the 'why me?' question was simply 'why not me?'.
You can listen to David's last interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air here.
David performs one of his essays on a stage show of This American Life,
Here, David discusses why he wrote,
David was also an actor. In recent years he had given up acting for the most part frustrated that he was always stereotyped. As he told Terry Gross, he was either cast into the roll of "Fudgy McPacker" or "Jewy McHebrew. " David made an exception when he appeared in "The New Tenants" that won the 2010 Oscar for short film.
I admired David and will miss him.