Airdate: Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

Next week ABC2 screens a profile of Joan Rivers filmed during her 75th year inĀ A Piece Of Work.

This is now 2 years old, having premiered in 2010.

However, Joan is funny no matter the year.

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work takes us on a year-long ride with the irreverent comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers, peeling away the mask of the legendary performer, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female entertainer.

With unprecedented, unguarded access, the film captures intimate scenes shot in Joan’s 75th year – Joan at home, during holidays, performing stand up and acting in a play she wrote, gossiping with her fans, writing jokes and managing her career – interweaving them with home movies, stand up routines, book recordings, personal photographs and archival footage to create a lush visual landscape and cinematic backdrop for the narrative as it unfolds.

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.

9:30pm Wednesday, 12 December ABC2

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