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Joan Rivers: Don't Start with Me (2012)

Grow up, check your sensitivity at the door and feel the comedic wrath of entertainment icon Joan Rivers. In this brand new live stand-up event Joan goes to great lengths to take on ... See full summary »

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Grow up, check your sensitivity at the door and feel the comedic wrath of entertainment icon Joan Rivers. In this brand new live stand-up event Joan goes to great lengths to take on everyone with her trademark wit. With her infectious energy Joan owns the stage from start to finish, leaving the audience in stitches as everything and everybody who's somebody are fair game. Written by Showtime

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Joan gets jokey.
13 March 2013 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Since the early 1980s the brash, self-deprecating comedic stylings of Joan Rivers have endured, entertaining audiences of all ages with her quick wit and desirable, 'nothing's sacred' approach to comedy. In stand-up show Don't Start With Me, Rivers delivers a balanced, but not quite uproarious, selection of gags, ranging from praise for the gays to condemnation of the handicapped and everything in between.

No sector of society- rich or poor, black or white, famous or a nobody- is safe from Rivers' barbs. Highlights include her criticism of Goldie Hawn's vanity, Anne Frank's writing skills and the time she and Sean Penn rowed a boat through New Orleans. The entire show is tinged with a touch of 'well, what did you expect?', which helps create a feeling of immersion. Unfortunately, Rivers' schtick does occasionally teeter on the edge of intrigue. The result is not offensive, per se, but actually boring, which is arguably a lot worse.

Fans of Rivers' topical, slightly female-oriented sense of humour will draw much pleasure from only a 50-minute show, while those less affiliated with the comedienne may find some quirks in her performance a little repetitive and, barring that, simply too lacking in context to hit the mark.

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