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Joan Rivers’ Early Inspiration from Make ‘Em Laugh

Joan Rivers’ Early Inspiration from Make ‘Em Laugh


Comedian Joan Rivers recalls her early inspirations towards comedy. As a young actress in college, she found no female role models, and instead admired the work of comedy legend Lenny Bruce.

Conducted on November 16, 2006, this never before seen interview outtake is from the archives of the six-hour PBS comedy series MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: The Funny Business of America.

American Masters presents an In Memoriam tribute broadcast of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) on Tuesday, September 23, 10:30 p.m.-12 midnight on PBS (check local listings).


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