Comedy legend Joan Rivers stops by VFTB

About Joan Rivers:

In 2009, Joan Rivers starred in NBC's hit reality series The Celebrity Apprentice with her daughter Melissa, emerging as the Season Two winner.

She also celebrated the publication of two critically acclaimed, best-selling books: Men Are Stupid and They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery and Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Murder Mystery, both published by Simon & Schuster.

She received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Bubbe in PBS' award-winning animated children's series Arthur, gave life to the character Dot Matrix in the animated series, Spaceballs, played an eccentric aunt in two seasons of IFC's popular mockumentary series Z Rock, and wowed audiences at The Underbelly in London with her comedy show Unplugged and Uncensored.

Most recently, the iconic funny woman was roasted, toasted, and honored in The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers, marking the highly-anticipated debut of her new TV Land reality series, How'd You Get So Rich?, a candid look at the extravagant lifestyles of fabulously rich entrepreneurs and innovators.

Her career skyrocketed in 1968 when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Within three years she was hosting That Show With Joan Rivers, one of the first syndicated daytime shows. She soon made television history as the first sole guest host of The Tonight Show. Her own The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers helped launch the Fox Network in 1986.

In 1989, she returned to daytime television with The Joan Rivers Show, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host and her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One of the most naturally style-savvy women on the planet, Joan hosted E!'s red-carpet events with her daughter Melissa from 1996-2004.

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About the movie:

"Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work" exposes the private dramas of irreverent, legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to remain the queen of comedy. Filmed as a cinema verite documentary, the film reveals a rare glimpse of the comedic process and the toxic mixture of self-doubt and anger that often fuels it.

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 life of a performer. "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" takes the audience on a year long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the business

The film starts in select theaters nationwide Friday June 11.

The film premieres on the Final Night of the 53rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-2019
Phone: (415) 621-6120

At 9:30 p.m/ the Closing Night party kicks off at 1015 Folsom, located between 6th and 7th streets.

Partygoers will celebrate the culmination of SFIFF53 with festive drinks, hors d'oeuvres and music inspired by the legendary comedian, Joan Rivers.

Admission for the Closing Night film and party is $60 for San Francisco Film Society members and $75 for the general public and VIP tickets are $135. Film-only tickets are $20 for SFFS members and $25 for the general public.

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