Chicks Aren't Funny: Joan Rivers, documented

Posted at 1:50 PM May 04, 2010

By Andrea Grimes

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Classic comedy fans, rejoice! The inimitable Joan Rivers has a documentary coming out about her life and work (and her life's work) and it promises to be a revealing look at the method behind her badass madness.

Now, I have a very particular way I like to enjoy my Joan--cocktail in hand, What Becomes A Legend Most? on the record player, dim lighting--but it looks like the film, A Piece of Work is going to be an excellent way to get to know Ms Rivers:


I am in love with her file cabinet full of jokes. As an aspiring comedian myself, I love to see how other comics work, and I'm in awe of the sheer amount of material Rivers has written over the years. Tracie over at Jezebel has already seen a screening of the film and reports:

The film opens with an extreme closeup of Joan's face, sans makeup. The rawness of every pore, every age spot, and every wrinkle (evidently it's impossible to Botox them away completely) sets the tone of the story that's about to be told: To show aspects of the woman--famous for how she's crafted her appearance--that we've never seen before. As Joan is fretting over the empty slots in her datebook, it's immediately apparent that she's a workaholic. Fear, she says, is an empty datebook. "It means nobody wants me."

Sounds like it's going to be a good look into the vulnerable side of one of the world's great comedians, a side rarely seen in Comedy Central specials and talk show interviews. Comics are a diverse bunch, but most of them have one thing in common: the desire to be loved, and to make people happy.

Here's hoping that in the coming decades we'll see similar films about the respective oeuvres of Maria Bamford, Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey and the countless other female comics who've followed in Rivers' footsteps.

Comments

Anonymous said:

I'm a huge fan of hers, as a female comic. I've read her autobiography and realized how freaking HARD that woman worked to get where she is! I've also met her and had a brief conversation with her and she seemed like such a real person, just with a lot of money. I can't wait to see this!!

donthatethaplayahatethegame said:

“Can We Talk?!” One heck of a double feature! Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work will be playing at the Arclight AND Joan Rivers, yes THE Joan Rivers, will stay for Q&As on Friday June the 11th! I’m in! I’m sooo glad I happened to find this out on the facebook page.http://www.facebook.com/jr#!/jr

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