#262 - Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
I was never really a Joan Rivers fan. I was a little young to really remember her on The Tonight Show and I had no interest in the red carpet stuff, the only thing that she’s done that I can genuinely say I love is Spaceballs and that one episode of Louie.
But A Piece of Work is a fascinating look at someone who refused to stop working. Someone who wanted to become an actress, became a popular comedian instead and parlayed that into talk show host, red carpet host, podcaster, author, and perhaps comedy’s biggest villain.
The documentary shows another side though, the typically acerbic, controversial, and downright mean Joan Rivers is shown to be just as insecure as the rest of us. George Carlin once wrote in one of his books that Joan became the type of person she used to make fun of and you can see it eats her up inside as filmmakers chronicle the year she was on Celebrity Apprentice.
The social media age has not been kind to celebrities, it broke down the barriers between us and them and showed they can be just as much of an asshole of anyone else on the internet. But for Rivers, someone whose public persona was an asshole, this documentary softens her image.
Viewed on September 13, 2014.