Legendary comedian Joan Rivers returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square for an additional show on Valentine's Day -- Tuesday, February 14 at 8pm. Rivers will present an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, and award show fashions at The Laurie Beechman Theatre inside the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue). Tickets are $45 with a portion of the proceeds going to Joan Rivers' favorite charities, including: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. There is also a
$15 per person food or drink minimum. For reservations call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.
Described as a post-menopausal Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. One of the hardest working women in show business, she is a best-selling author, Tony-nominated actress, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, Emmy Award-winning television talk-show host, jewelry designer, business woman and mother to "what's-her-name" Melissa. She is on the board of God's Love We Deliver, National Chairwoman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and gives lectures around the world on suicide prevention and survival. With her trademark mix of outspoken wit, savvy and compassion, she continues to be one of America's most admired first ladies of comedy.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan Rivers "made the rounds" in New York during the '50s, appearing in a few off-off Broadway plays (including one where she played a lesbian opposite an equally unknown Barbra Streisand), surviving sleazy agents, tawdry clubs, and hostile audiences. A 1965 booking on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" led to her hosting one of the first syndicated talk shows on daytime TV, "That Show with Joan Rivers" in 1968. In the '70s Joan wrote the TV-movie The Girl Most Likely To (starring Stockard Channing) and then wrote and directed her first feature film Rabbit Test, casting Billy Crystal in the lead. In 1983 Joan became the permanent guest host on "The Tonight Show." Later, she headlined in Las Vegas, sold out Carnegie Hall, produced a Grammy nominated comedy album, and wrote two best-selling books. In 1989 the Tribune Corporation launched Joan in her own syndicated daytime talk show. She won an Emmy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1994 she wrote and starred on Broadway in Sally Marr and Her Escorts, for which she received a Best Actress Tony nomination. Since then, Joan has written three more best-selling books, maintains her own jewelry line on QVC, provided fashion commentaries for E! and The TV Guide Channel, and filmed a special for Bravo. Currently, she has two books in stores (Men Are Stupid . . . And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery and Murder at the Academy Awards). In 2009, she was the winner of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" and served as host of the series "How'd You Get So Rich?" on TVLand. In 2010, she returned to The Fashion Police show on E! as a red carpet fashion commentator, launched a second season of "How'd You Get So Rich?" on TVLand and was featured on the big screen in the acclaimed Sundance Award-winning documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. The 2nd season of her reality TV show "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" begins January 24, 2012 on WETV.