"I appeared on 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny on February 17, 1965, and he said, 'You're gonna be a star,' right smack on the air. I went into the bank the next morning to kite a check, and the bank teller said to me, 'I saw you last night. Whatever you want.' And I knew my life was gonna be different."
About This Interview
In her hour-and-a-half Archive interview, Joan Rivers (1933-2014) talks about her early life and influences and her interest in becoming a comedian. She recalls early television appearances on The Jack Paar Program, Candid Camera and her first standup routine. She talks about appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965, and how it changed her career overnight. She discusses various guest appearances on shows including Suddenly Susan and Nip/Tuck. She outlines her FOX late night show, and the rift it caused between her and Johnny Carson, as well as the troubles she had which culminated in the show's cancellation and the death of her husband Edgar Rosenberg. Rivers recalls her career comeback, winning a Daytime Emmy, her resurgence on QVC, and covering the Red Carpet for various outlets. Allan Neuwirth conducted the interview on October 3, 2007 in New York City, New York.