Thanks for your response, Suzy! I didn’t interrupt Michelle Wolf, nor would I have. Her tone of voice has been criticized by others, but not by me. I come from an extended family of musical performers and artists, and I am the national chair of an alumni association that includes hundreds of artists, some of them renowned. I have great respect for the challenges of being an artist, and great respect for abilities. I am sorry if this essay led you to think otherwise. As the parent of a 21-year-old son (22 tomorrow), I am keenly aware of the dangers you identify. I apologize if my essay, which was I thought provided some quantitative defense of Michelle Wolf on a couple of quotes, seems to you to be an attack on her, and you, as a comedian. Thanks again for reading, and writing. The very best of luck in your career.

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