Few comediennes could make you cringe-laugh like Joan Rivers. There was no line Rivers wouldn't cross. No one — not the president, celebrities, her family, or herself — was safe from her gut-punching wit. She was a trailblazer in the industry and one of the hardest working women in showbiz.
One of her best qualities was her self deprecation. In her early career this manifested itself into jokes about living and dating in a man's world. In a 1967 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Rivers talks about being the last young, single woman in her small town.
In a 2012 guest spot on Louis C.K.'s show, Louie, she tells the younger comic the business is a hard one, but you do it anyway.
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Watch the two videos for yourself and catch just a glimpse of Rivers' career, humor, and unrivaled one-liners. --Lauren Hansen
The Ed Sullivan Show (1967):
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