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on 22 September 2010
This is no 'chicken soup for the soul', this is the kind of humour that the medical profession says we need for a healthy, balanced life. Laughs, the good old-fashioned type that start with a chuckle and then develop into a deep belly laugh, are generated at a dizzily paced rate. Thank goodness for the rewind button, it is needed to catch up on those bits we couldn't hear because we were bent double with laughter.

An Audience with Joan Rivers is slick, professional, self-deprecating, provocative humour. The expletives are natural, every-day stuff so should come as no surprise to any modern audience. But be warned: you will ache from laughing so much, and at times it will be difficult to catch your breath!
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on 6 September 2014
This T.V special, originally recorded & broadcast in 1984, has Miss Rivers entertaining a celebrity audience.

Joan is at her very best & gives her all in a non-stop tirade of crude one-liners, celebrity slander and generally telling it like it is ... " allegedly ! " All her best jokes are here, though if memory serves me correctly, it has been slightly edited - my video tape of the original T.V transmission was worn out years ago from repeated viewing.

A great shame that they DID finally have to " Close The Lid " on this very funny comedienne.
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on 2 February 2009
For a lot of us there are few people who can actually take our breath away with laughter. People like Barry Humphries a.k.a. Dame Edna Everidge - sometimes does it for me, Phyllis Diller could when she was at her best, and then there's Joan Rivers - usually whenever she opens her mouth and starts talking.

And I'm pleased to say, this is one of those times when she really nails it. Just when you think that no one could have anything more to say on just about any contentious issue, along comes Joan to inform and update us all with her particular take on things.

There seem to be no taboo areas for Joan Rivers and if she offends a few people by dropping the not so odd four lettered word to add further shock value, well most people just gasp, smile and crack up with laughter. She tells those people who groan or gasp too loudly to "grow up" . She's an adult entertainer assuming that her audience is also adult enough to deal with her particular ascerbic take on things.

What she says about old people [while admitting in passing that she's one of them], gays, Jews, Julie Andrews, old friends and acquaintances, and just about everyone who might be in her audience, is very wicked and very, very funny. And then near the end she talks about why she does it and it's almost heartbreaking. . . but still kinda funny . . . she leaves you laughing.

She not only someone who can make me laugh till tears roll down my face, she's someone who makes me feel grateful that there are still people who can poke fun at the world with such irreverance, as well as at themselves . . . and that it's all good.

If you've seen her live you'll know just what I'm talking about. If you haven't seen her live then this is probably as close as it gets. It's a sensational DVD and I definitely recommend it as worth owning. Look at it when you need cheering up or when you just feel like some irreverant laughter or an asthma attack!
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on 27 June 2016
Too over the top.
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on 8 September 2012
Easily the most edgy 'Audience with...' host, Joan Rivers is not to everyone's taste. Indeed there are even shots of invited celebrities looking somewhat uncomfortable... Nevertheless, if you like her acerbic one-liners, savage put-downs and coarse, brilliant observations you'll find them delivered on this disc at a relentless pace. A tour de force from a masterful comedian.
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on 19 May 2018
Great price value
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on 1 May 2018
What can I say.....it’s Joan doing what she does best.
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on 8 October 2014
Such a funny DVD. Can watch it over and over and never get tired of it. If you want a good laugh after all the doom and gloom in the news, then watch this. Beware can be a bit crude in parts.
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on 26 July 2017
Bought for a friend he enjoyed it
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on 14 February 2015
Joan is on fire. This show is a masterclass in pathos, telling genuinely moving stories from her life and then shocking the audience by hitting them with jokes about topics they'd never expect to laugh at. I only wish it was longer.
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