Not too long ago, the New York Times caught up with South Carolina comedienne Liza Dye, who was seriously injured in a February New York subway mishap and back on a local stage here just a few months later. More recently, it was the turn of thestate.com to chronicle this story.
Carrie Battan’s NYT lede was pretty good:
Can a calamity plus a couple of months at Bellevue Hospital Center equal comedy?
But The State’s Alex Hicks Jr. went one better:
As a performer, everyone always tells you to break a leg. Few, however, actually do so.
Ultimately, when it comes to these two articles, it may be Hicks herself who wins for the best pain-begets-comedy zinger. Here’s the fifth paragraph of The State report:
Upon hearing subway passengers in the car above her grumble about being delayed, Dye shouted she was sorry to make them late for work.
Take my falling off the platform and being hit by a train, please! Wow. Following nine surgeries and three months in hospital, Dye is currently recuperating at her mother’s home in Spartanburg.
After Dye first arrived in New York in 2012, she experienced a range of highs and lows before the subway accident, from working as a fashion blogger to living in a U-Haul van.
One other important note. Despite initial reports like this one in the Post, Dye insists she was not distractedly texting when she fell from the SoHo station platform. Rather, she fainted and tells Hicks Jr. she resents the way her misfortune was covered. Read the rest of The State piece here.