Sunday, January 2, 2011

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

Director(s): Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg. 84 min. Rated R. Documentary.

How ironic. A comedienne doesn't thrive in hope of receiving Oscars or Emmys or other awards. A comedienne only hopes to continue doing comedy - which tells a lot about the instability of the profession. And Joan Rivers spills out an incredibly honest portrayal of herself, her fears, and her insecurities. But not every performer has the chops for comedy, and Rivers shows in a pivotal scene (suddenly changing the tides against a heckler who attacks her for joking about deaf people), that at the age of 75, she definitely still has it. One of the better documentaries out there.

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