Friday, July 30, 2010

BitchBuzz: Joan Rivers

My latest column:

Still making the rounds slowly is the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. Do yourself a favour and check it out. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: argh, the red carpet embarrassments! Criminy, Celebrity Apprentice?! And yikes, the plastic surgery.

True enough; no argument here. But if you have any inkling of what a tough gig comedy is and triply so for a female, you will march yourself and all your friends to the theatre to see what that really means. You'll come away with a very different attitude.

You see, Rivers knows exactly what she's doing and she knows what you think, too. She just doesn't care. Her work is her focus, or rather "the career" which her daughter Melissa says, she one day recognized as her "sibling" in the family that they all took care of....

Read more the rest at BBHQ.

Sorry I've not been more voluble this week; some deadlines are killing me and a few other things hanging over my head that I need to deal with somehow. All shall be well (keep repeating that).


Todd Mason said...

Glad you liked it...even though I believe I put you onto it, I haven't gotten to it yet. I wonder how much Jean Carroll and Elaine May had to do with her getting going (like May, she went through at least some Second City activitiy).

C. Margery Kempe said...

Yeah, I think it was your reccy that made me seek it out. There is at least a mention of Phyllis Diller, too. It's a fascinating look. I really do recommend it.