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I Knew I Was Funny

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Joan Rivers remembers a fishing trip she went on with her father at age 8.

Joan's Biography

Eighth times the charm Joan Rivers was brought to the Carson show seven times. Each time they turned her away, saying she was “too outrageous.”

First paying job in show business A magician’s assistant for Kuda Bux, the man with the X-Ray eyes. She was sawed in half.

Domestically challenged “I use my refrigerator as a fur vault.” 

Iconic comedian and TV show host Joan Rivers has been busy in show business since the late 1950s, when she performed stand up comedy in New York City locales like The Bitter End and The Gaslight Cafe. In 1968, her career took off after she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In the 70s she appeared on a variety of comedy shows and opened for singers on the Las Vegas Strip. She also released a best-selling comedy album, “What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?” In 1986, Fox Television Network offered her The Late Show Starring Joan Riversmaking her Carson’s competition. Rivers eventually moved into daytime TV with The Joan Rivers Show, for which she won a Daytime Emmy in 1990. She went on to host the annual E! Entertainment Television pre-awards show for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards with her daughter Melissa. Today, Rivers is one of four hosts on the E! show Fashion Policecritiquing celebrity clothes. She also hosts a weekly online talk show called In Bed with Joan. The show takes place in Joan’s actual bedroom, in Malibu, California. Rivers is the author of 12 books, most recently Hate Everyone...Starting with Me, and Diary of a Mad Diva.

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