Can we talk?
Joan Rivers is celebrating a birthday that is considerably older than her face. Before you click away, please note that I'm a huge fan of the comic, and it's the kind of thing she says about herself all the time! Joan was snarky before the word was ever coined. Every comic in the biz today owes her a debt of gratitude for her brazen and unique style.
She may be turning 78 in a couple of days, but Ms. Rivers shows no signs of slowing down. Her show "The Fashion Police" on E! steadily attracts young, hip, and famous guests. Her literary memoirs reveal that the woman with a big mouth also has a big heart.
Joan is back with a new book, and it's funnier than ever. Nothing is off limits for the self deprecating funnywoman. The book is called, "I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me." This tome has a tone that only Joan could get away with.
Joan visited "The View" to share her "I hate you" stories with the co-hosts including fellow glam senior citizen, Barbara Walters. The star says that she is living her bucket list, and we applaud JR for that. The episode included a separate segment featuring "nice girl" Rachel Ray cooking up various types of hamburgers. It would have been an interesting collision of energy to have them both on at the same time.
The recently dead and beloved are especially ripe fodder for Rivers. Here's one of her jokes: "I hate Houston. It's crawling with bugs. Oh, wait, that's Whitney Houston. I'm sorry, my bad." If you find that a tad inappropriate, Joan has a message for you, too: "She was a brilliant singer, but she was also a druggie. You are going to die young. This is not a tragedy, it's a waste."
She also jokes about Dick Clark unapologetically. Rivers explains that being dead does not remove a fellow star from her hit list. Melissa's mother quips, "Everyone dies - except maybe Betty White, and I think it's high time someone pushed that bitch in front of a train because I'm sick and tired of losing the 'sassy grandma' roles to her." She recently played Betty White's twin sister on a hilarious episode of "Hot in Cleveland."
If you're aching to meet Ms. Rivers, you're in luck. The hardest working woman in show biz is on the road. Check her website Joan.co to see if she'll be coming to a town near you.
If you still have a problem with that, then as Joan would say, "Oh, grow up!"
More from this Contributor