David Spade. Seems like such a random person for me to give props to, but he really cheered me up at a very difficult an painful point in my life...
It was June 1987. I was in an accident, and in the hospital. Due to a complication after surgery, I was sent to ICU. People in the rooms next to me were in comas. Gurneys would be rolled past my room with the sheet completely covering the patients that didn't make it. I would hear their family members wailing as they got the news. Death was all around, and there I was, a scared little fifteen-year-old girl with IV's, oxygen, and monitor wires all over me. No visitors were allowed, except my mom. TV's were not allowed either. You get the picture, beyond depressing.
My mom smuggled in a small TV for me. (The nurses knew, and pretended they didn't.)
Joan Rivers had a talk show, and her guest was this new stand-up comic named David Spade. He told a joke about Ford, they were having some kind of brake problems at the time and his joke was, "Guess that's why Ford says 'We stand behind our trucks.'" Then he went into a Tom Petty impersonation and I just lost it! I was laughing so hard, my monitors were going haywire an they were setting off alarms! The nurses came running in, thinking I was dying, only to find me in hysterics. Maybe all the drugs that they had me on played a part in my out of control laughter, but it took a little bit of David Spade for me to 'come to life' again.
So when I need to cheer up, I often times think back to that occasion. Yes, David Spade almost killed me with comedy. What a way to go!