Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker was one of the lucky people who got to spend some time with the late Joan Rivers, who passed away Thursday at age 81. The meeting took place in the mid-’90s in New York City when Darius was riding high as the front man for Hootie & the Blowfish.

He recalls, “I probably spent five minutes with her, and I spent five minutes trying not to fall down from laughing so hard.”

Darius prides himself on having a sharp sense of humor, but he was no match for Joan’s quick wit.

“Just that little bit of time I got to spend with her, I realized she was a comic genius,” Darius says. “She was just so funny. Whatever you said, she came back with something that was just hilarious. I enjoyed that time, and we lost a great one there.”

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