Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Release June 11, 2010 (Limited)
Cast Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Emily Kosloski, Don Rickles, Melissa Rivers, Larry A. Thompson
Director Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Writer Ricki Stern
Genres Biography, Documentary
Studio IFC Films
Length 84 mins.


Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work exposes the private dramas of comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. A unique look inside America’s obsession with fame and celebrity - Joan’s story is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success and the ultimate vulnerability of the first queen of comedy.

With unprecedented, unguarded access, the film takes the audience on a year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg expose the private dramas of this irreverent, legendary comedian as she fights to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty.

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