Joan Rivers

Not Such A 'Difficult Person': A Spotlight On Julie Klausner

With an extensive writing career, popular podcast, and new Hulu series, the hilarious Jewess is one to look out for.

08/11/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

In the opening scene of the pilot of Hulu’s newest original scripted series, “Difficult People,” as Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Epstein) arrive to a matinee Broadway performance of “Annie,” the former makes a sly comment on the nature of the beloved musical.

"Difficult People" writer, creator and star Julie Klausner. Via

Amy Schumer, New Joan Rivers?

The Jewish comedy queen busting the patriarchy, one sketch at a time.

05/20/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Amy Schumer is hot right now.

Comedy Queen Amy Schumer. Getty Images.

Was Joan Rivers Snubbed At the Oscars?

The late star was notably missing from the 'In Memoriam" segment last night.

02/22/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

One person was notably absent from the “In Memoriam” segment at the Oscars last night: Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers. Wikipedia Commons.

Joan Rivers Remembers Jewish Groups In Will

12/10/2014 - 19:00

Joan Rivers in her will left money to several Jewish charitable organizations to which she was connected.


Joan Rivers was a (sometimes off-color) voice for outsiders and women, and a fierce defender of Israel.

09/08/2014 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

The “mouth that roared” is now silent.

A comedian and entertainer for five decades, Joan Rivers enjoyed a popularity that spanned generations. Getty Images

At Rivers Funeral, Celebrities Inside And Fans Outside

09/07/2014 - 20:00

Howard Stern offered a eulogy and Hugh Jackman provided a musical interlude at the celebrity-studded funeral for comedian Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers: 'Yente-In-Chief'

The 'mouth that roared' is silent, but in her life Rivers gave voice to outsiders and women.

09/04/2014 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

Joan Rivers was a – sometimes off-color – voice of outsiders and women, and a fierce defender of Israel.

Joan Rivers was a fighter. Wikimedia Commons

Legendary Jewish Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at 81

The daughter of Jewish Russian immigrants, her greatest joy in life was making people laugh.

09/03/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Joan Rivers, the famed Jewish comedian from Brooklyn, N.Y., died today at age 81, NBC News reports.

Comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81. Wikipedia Commons.

Report: Joan Rivers On Life Support

09/01/2014 - 20:00

Comic and talk show host Joan Rivers reportedly is on life support.

Tim Boxer At Friars Toast Of Don Rickles

07/31/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The comedians who populate the ranks of the New York Friars Club have endured beyond their expiration date. When we ask “how old is he” the answer is “deceased.”  George Burns passed on at 100; Henny Youngman departed at 92.

Even comedians’ marriages last forever. Ginny and Bob Newhart have been married 50 years; Barbara and Don Rickles, 48 years. Newhart has a theory: “I think if you can keep laughing you will stay together.”

Don Rickles and Kathy Griffin at the Friars. Photo by Tim Boxer
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