Friday Filosophy v.03.24.2023
Friday Filosophy v.03.24.2023 offers thoughts and quotes from Joan Rivers.
Joan Sandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, producer, writer and television host. She was noted for her blunt, often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating and acerbic, especially towards celebrities and politicians, delivered in her signature New York accent. She is considered a pioneer of women in comedy by many critics.
Rivers started her career in comedy clubs in Greenwich Village alongside her peers George Carlin, Woody Allen, and Richard Pryor. She then rose to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show. Hosted by her mentor, Johnny Carson, the show established River’s comedic style. In 1986, with her own rival program, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Rivers became the first woman to host a late night network television talk show. She subsequently hosted The Joan Rivers Show (1989–1993), winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. From the mid-1990s, she became known for her comedic red carpet awards show celebrity interviews. Rivers co-hosted the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police from 2010 to 2014 and starred in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (2011–2014) with daughter Melissa Rivers.
In addition to marketing a line of jewelry and apparel on the QVC shopping channel, Rivers authored 12 best-selling books and three LP comedy albums under her own name: Mr. Phyllis and Other Funny Stories (Warner Bros 1965), The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album (Buddah 1969), and What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? (Geffen 1983). She was nominated in 1984 for a Grammy Award for her album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? and was nominated in 1994 for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance of the title role in Sally Marr … and Her Escorts. In 2009, Rivers competed alongside her daughter Melissa on the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice, ultimately winning the season. In 2015, Rivers posthumously received a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her book, Diary of a Mad Diva.
In 1968, The New York Times television critic Jack Gould called Rivers “quite possibly the most intuitively funny woman alive”. In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her sixth on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time, and in October the same year, she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. She is the subject of the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010).
- I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.
- I said to my husband, ‘Why don’t you call out my name when we’re making love?’ He said, ‘I don’t want to wake you up.’
- I wish I could tell you it gets better. It does not get better. YOU get better.
- If you laugh at it, you can deal with it.
- When you can laugh at yourself no one can ever make a fool of you.
- Life is a movie, and you’re the star. Give it a happy ending.
- To the pessimist the light at the end of the tunnel is another train.
- Keep moving. It is hard for old age to hit a moving target.
- Nothing is yours permanently, so you better enjoy it while it’s happening.
- People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.
- You know it’s time to start using mouthwash when your dentist leaves the room and sends in a canary.
- Do you know why I feel older? I went to buy sexy underwear and they automatically gift wrapped it.
- Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It is all funny.
- I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.
- I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.
- Marriage isn’t a contest to see who is most often right. Marriage requires being what the Japanese call ‘the wise bamboo,’ which means you bend so you don’t break. Treat your spouse with the flexibility and respect you would give to a top client. Think how we treat clients; We smile, we are polite, we listen to their ideas. Never forget that your spouse is your most important client.
- When you first get married, they open the car door for you. Eighteen years now…once he opened the car door for me in the last four years – we were on the freeway at the time.
- I use a smoke alarm as a timer.
- If you cannot make fun of yourself, you don’t have any right to make fun of others.
- Never admit that your back goes out more than you do.
- The first time I see a jogger smiling, I will consider it.
The Time is Now