David Rakoff was one of the great humorists of our time. His premature death today at the age of 47 has left a gaping hole in the world of performance and humor lit. I first met David in the early ’90s when he was playing a welfare officer in a dada off-Broadway play, “One Woman Shoe,” written by David and Amy Sedaris. He was arch, naughty and utterly brilliant.
A few years later we invited David to play the role of Sigmund Freud in a Barneys New York Holiday window called “Neurotic Yule.” He sat in the window during peak traffic times, dressed up as Freud, and delivered psychoanalysis to various pals and stooges who he coerced into participating. David wrote hilariously about his Barneys experience in the book “Fraud” and also recorded a segment about it for This American Life. Enjoy it, and remember the brilliant and original Mr. Rakoff.