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50 years in 50 weeks: Joan Rivers sounds off in 2009

by Jim Provenzano

50 years in 50 weeks: Joan Rivers sounds off in 2009

In Robert Sokol's May 14, 2009 interview with the late Joan Rivers, the celebrated comedian talked of her career and threw in plenty of timely jokes, which were very much of that age.

Rivers was promoting her appearance at the Castro Theatre that week, and poked fun at everyone, including her co-stars on the reality show The Apprentice back when Trump was merely an annoying TV show host. Of her fellow contestants, she said of one, "She's smart for her kind. You know, like you would say, 'This is such a bright dog!'"

Rivers even poked fun at gay marriage saying, "You don't know how lucky you are. Do you know what it's like to be married to someone and try to divide things up? You're idiots. You're just giving away 50% of everything. You can live with him, but don't walk down that aisle!"

Of her frank comedic style, she said, "I like people who don't take prisoners. I think I'm at the top of my form now because I don't give a shit. It happened about ten years ago. I was getting ready to perform and I thought, 'I'm 65. Why should I not say what I really think? What are they going to do, fire me?"


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