Joan Rivers' Comedy Documentary Footage Released by PBS
"I'm Joan Rivers, I'm desperate to do well in comedy, so what can I tell you? For a job, I put out"
Joan Rivers' journey to comedy success was not without its false starts and flops with audiences. She spoke candidly about the topics, among others, for PBS' documentary series Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America in 2006, and the network now has released outtakes of conversations with the late legend, who died earlier this month.
In the seven clips below, Rivers opens up about her start in stand-up, including how she felt pressured to adjust her act. "Those days, you told a joke and then you sang, you told a joke and then you sang — I can't sing!" she confessed at one point.
Rivers also recalls how her "nice girl" look, coupled with her crass jokes, made audiences gasp repeatedly. Her most shocking punch line, deemed unfunny for years? "I'm Joan Rivers, I'm desperate to do well in comedy, so what can I tell you? For a job, I put out."
Watch the videos below.