David Spade, the legendary comedian, and frequent collaborator with Happy Madison Productions went up on stage three days after his sister-in-law, Kate Spade, passed away from suicide by hanging.
At the Brea Improv Comedy Club in Southern California on Friday night, David thanked all of his guests and said it had been a “rough week.” The comedian thanked his audience for coming out and added that if his jokes didn’t go down well, at least he had an excuse.
David started out his set very somber at first, but then progressively increased in presence and mood. Toward the end of his set, the audience could be heard laughing and clapping; they received his performance well.
The actor is slated to come out again on Saturday. As you may know, the news of David’s performance comes just after his sister-in-law, Kate Spade, was found dead in her apartment in New York City on Tuesday morning.
She died at the age of 55, three days before the legendary chef, Anthony Bourdain, died from suicide as well. David is just one of many to commemorate Kate’s passing.
On Instagram, just a few hours after the news broke, he shared several messages on Instagram dedicated to the fashion icon. The comedian described Kate as sharp and very funny. And it was a shocking week for the fashion world, as well as her husband, who said that he and her daughter would be struggling immensely.
Spade’s husband wrote that she was the most “beautiful woman” he had ever known. And Kate supposedly suffered from mental health struggles for years, including depression and anxiety.
And to make matters worse, they had just split up ten months prior. Kate’s husband said there was no indication she would do such a thing.
However, the recent influx of suicides has renewed the debate on mental health in North America. As for what causes it, some think that anti-anxiety medication may play a role.