Originally posted on Saturday, 06 September 2014 at ROPL.org.
On September 4, 2014, the world lost one of the most prominent and ground breaking female comics: Joan Rivers. She broke into the world of comedy, leaving the doors wide open for the many female comics who followed. She continued, up until her death, to make us all laugh. Known for her stand-up comedy, Joan Rivers was also a producer, actor and TV show host.
The library has a small display in her honor, with several of the books she’s written. We also own a DVD of her comedy and life, along with a couple of the movies she’s been in. Be sure to come into the library and check them out.
For more Joan Rivers, check out some of these links:
- An obituary from the New York Times: Joan Rivers, a Comic Stiletto Quick to Skewer, Is Dead at 81
- An interview she gave to NPR back in June: Life Is Tough, Says Joan Rivers, So ‘You Better Laugh At Everything
- NPR and Fresh Air’s remembrance: With Age, Joan Rivers Learned To Say Anything: ‘It Has Freed Me Totally’
- From Slate: Revisit Joan Rivers’ Classic 1987 Interview With the Beastie Boys
- Time has a collection of 22 photographs from her life: Joan Rivers: A Life of Laughter in Pictures
- Several links from the Guardian:
- Decorum, decay and impending death – Joan Rivers’ standup
- Joan Rivers obituary: Comedian whose trademarks were her cutting wit and her cosmetic surgery
- Joan Rivers: the best of her career in clips and quotes
And, last, from the LA Times: Joan Rivers, an unstoppable comic force to the end