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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Details


[[Performer~P108387~Joan Rivers~joanrivers]] launched her career as a standup comic in the early '60s, a time when female comedians were few and far between, and after several years of working nightclubs to unresponsive audiences, she was booked on [[Feature~V284271~The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson~thetonightshowstarringjohnnycarson[tvseries]]] in 1965 and soon became one of the most successful comedy acts in the nation. Since then, [[Performer~P108387~Rivers~joanrivers]] has hosted several TV talk shows, written best-selling books, directed a feature film, launched a line of jewelry, and kept up a busy schedule of personal appearances, determined to hold on to her stardom regardless of the fickle winds of show business. Filmmakers [[Performer~P424552~Ricki Stern~rickistern]] and [[Performer~P455405~Annie Sundberg~anniesundberg]] followed [[Performer~P108387~Rivers~joanrivers]] through a typically eventful year in her life, and in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, they offer a look at the woman behind the laughter as she struggles to stay in the spotlight, works on new material, launches a one-woman show in the United Kingdom that doesn't fare as well as she hopes, takes a chance as a participant on a reality TV show, and ponders her career in show business at the age of 75. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 11, 2010