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Joan Rivers Returns to 'The Tonight Show' After a Nearly 30-Year Ban

Aside from briefly appearing on Fallon's first episode in February, last night was the first night legendary comedian Joan Rivers got to be a guest again on The Tonight Show following a nearly 30-year ban since the mid-'80s. Rivers didn't tidy up her jokes just because of some ban though — expect material about dry ladyparts, emotional ethnic people, and some pretty offensive-sounding TV pitches she can't believe NBC never took her up on.

Striking 'Fashion Police' Writers Call Out Joan Rivers

The writers of E!'s comedy series Fashion Police have been on strike since mid-April, and they've just released this video via the WGA in they speak out about host Joan Rivers's lack of support for their cause. Three months is a long time for these writers to be out of work, and hopefully, they get the fair pay and benefit they're asking for soon.

It's That Episode BONUS! Pee-Wee on the Premiere of Joan Rivers' Late Show

A special "It's That Episode" bonus episode.

Pat O'Brien watches Pee-Wee Herman on the debut episode of the short-lived The Late Show with Joan Rivers. Pee-Wee dishes about his sex life and Pat talks about the magical moment when Pee-Wee inspired him to break free from training wheels.

Download the bonus episode now (MP3) or listen on iTunes here or stream the bonus episode below.

World's Coolest Lady, Joan Rivers, Sticks it to Cosco

There's an urge is to write, "I hope to be as cool as Joan when I'm 79," but in actuality, I just hope to be as cool as Joan at any point in my existence. Buying her condoms there – that scamp. They come in boxes of 48. 48! I haven't used 48 condoms since last April, when it was real rainy and I had to use them to cover my shoes to keep them dry. I'll be here all week, folks. Don't try the veal. It's baby cow. [Via]

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work: A Legend Is Re-Introduced

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

One of the most celebrated and discussed comedy documentaries of recent years is Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. The film, which bills itself as “A Year in the Life of a Semi-Legend”, follows Rivers in 2008, at the age of 75, resurrecting her [...]

Rob Delaney Talked Comedy and Michael Douglas 'In Bed with Joan'

Joan Rivers has been coercing comedians and celebrities into her bed recently for her web series In Bed with Joan, and this week's guest was perfect for the setting. Twitter fave Rob Delaney snuggled with Rivers to talk about his switch from musical theater to comedy and long-overdue apologies.

Inside the Friars Club Gala for Don Rickles with Louis CK, Lewis Black, Joan Rivers and More

In the classic 1966 Esquire piece Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, Sinatra and his crew visit The Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas to see “a baldheaded little comedian named Don Rickles, who is probably more caustic than any comic in the country. His humor is so rude, in such bad taste, that it offends no one – it is too offensive to be offensive.” On Monday night, at a Friars Club gala presenting Rickles with a lifetime achievement award, Louis CK echoed that idea. "He takes things people are afraid of and he just fastballs right to it," CK said. "'You're gonna die.' 'You're black.' 'Jews are nuts.' He just says [...]

Watch Joan Rivers Talk to Sarah Silverman in the First Episode of Her New Web Show

Here's the first episode of Joan Rivers's new web series In Bed with Joan, which just debuted today. The premise of the show is pretty self-explanatory – it's Joan Rivers having a half-hour chat with a different guest each week. The premiere's guest is Sarah Silverman.  In Bed with Joan is like Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, only if it took place in a bed and Jerry Seinfeld allowed female guests.

The "Stand-Up Comedy" Wikipedia Page Has a Female Comedian Problem

Have you ever check out the "stand-up comedy" Wikipedia entry? If not, please do so. If so, you can probably agree it's pretty fucked. Of the many problems, the biggest is the inclusion, or lack thereof, of female comedians. In the "United States history" section, not one female comedian is mentioned. To make it worse, here is the paltry "Female Stand-Ups" section:

Joan Rivers Praises an Obscure Up-and-Comer Named Louis C.K.

I guess when you're Joan Rivers, even wildly successful standups who've been performing for 25 years are just "starting out." Rivers pays tribute to Louis C.K., who's been named GQ's latest Man of the Year, with some bleak but solid advice:

Your chosen life's work, comedy, is a steaming shithole of cruelty and degeneracy owned and operated by deranged, unattractive thieves. Ignore them. Push forward. Play by your rules and KEEP GOING. Wear blinders if necessary, but KEEP GOING. Don't let other people tell you what's funny. Don't read your reviews— the bad ones hurt too much and the good ones make you weak. It's all about ego [...]

Talking to Joan Rivers About Doing a Web Chat Show

Louis C.K. has a great joke about how he connects with old ladies because they’re on their way out, so they just say whatever. He might have been talking about Joan Rivers, minus the “on their way out” part.

You can still rely on Rivers, who turned 80 this summer, to call bullshit on just about anyone and anything in Hollywood. Who’s going to stop someone who’s still one of the biggest names in comedy after more than 50 years in the business?

Amazingly, she might be busier than ever. Whether it’s through her show Fashion Police on E!, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best on WEtv, guest appearances, [...]

Garry Shandling Gives You a Tour of Las Vegas in His First Standup Special

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down).

Today, Garry Shandling is probably best known for being the creator of two of the most important television shows in [...]

Joan Rivers Sits Down With 1991's Past, Present, and Future of Comedy

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

If you've seen either of the great documentaries Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work or Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, then [...]

"For five hundred dollars, I'll write for Hitler."

"For five hundred dollars, I'll write for Hitler. Five hundred dollars when you're starving and you've got a car payment due? Here's what I'm saying: 'You go through any door that opens.' In the beginning, you go through the doors. You don't know which is going to be the one." — The indefatigable Joan Rivers to NPR, talking about her career and her new book, I Hate Everyone, Starting with Me.