I loved Joan Rivers documentary.
I remember watching Johnny Carson for years as a kid, at least 35 years ago and I would especially like first time comics.
Gary Shandling probably gave the best opening performance I ever saw as a kid. I was not a fan of Joan Rivers. At 18 I was doing a little comedy (inspired by all the people showing up on Carson) myself at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto but did not last long. It was boring doing my thing and having every other comic just kill making fun of me. I sucked.
Joan Rivers has gotten funnier with age if not impossible to look at for long stretches. She has poured her soul into performing and the movie does not try to hide it or the messed up relationships it has caused. It was pretty honest.
Joan wants to be considered an actress, but in my eye she is a fantastic entrepreneur. She may seem unorganized, but she knows what she wants…to be working… More importantly, she wants the work coming TO HER. While she waits for ‘the calls’ she makes sure she’s working. Still at 75, doing the redeyes and cruises and small towns to perfect her craft and go where her customers are until they come for her. She believes they will.
That’s an entrepreneur.