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  • Mork Jumps the Shark: Some thoughts on Robin Williams’ sudden departure

    By Steven Alan Green

    6 days ago

    It’s been nearly a year since I published my last blog.  First off, my apologies.  Secondly, who really cares.  Now.  I’ve got so much to tell you and yet, I don’t want my personal saga to overshadow  what I think is one of my more important pieces, my piece on Robin Williams.  ...

  • Kim Kardashian

    3 weeks ago

    Kim Kardashian...

    Is not the subject of this column. 

    Hollywood lost two giants recently.  Joan Rivers was just laid to rest.  A few weeks ago, Robin Williams left us.  I am not going to write in-depth tributes to these two amazing people; that has been done and will continue...

  • Missing Joan, Surfin’ Israel, playing for peace and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Goodbye, Joan

    Love her, hate her – but you're surly gonna miss her.

    Jewish comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York on Thursday, aged 81. Known for her controversial humor and for her lack of boundaries – she was heard all the way to Israel, especially when she wasn't...

  • Family, friends remember Joan Rivers at a private funeral

    September 7, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Family and friends bid farewell to Joan Rivers, the outspoken comedian who became famous around the world for her acerbic wit and brash style, at a private funeral on Sunday in Manhattan.

    Journalists Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, comedian Whoopi Goldberg, tycoon Donald Trump,...

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  • Stars, fans, royalty pay tribute to Joan Rivers

    September 5, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    Acerbic comedian Joan Rivers died in New York on Thursday, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on her vocal cords, her daughter Melissa Rivers said.

    Fellow comedians, actors and even royalty paid tribute to Rivers:

    Melissa Rivers in a statement...

  • Enslaving Expectations

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 4, 2014 | 6:44 pm

    In 2012, the late Joan Rivers said that Johnny Carson had given her the biggest break of her career.  She became very close to him and even substitute hosted when he was on vacation.  When she accepted her own show, opposite his, Carson cut all tie with Rivers.

    I once acted as an...

  • Nothing taboo for Joan Rivers, queen of acid put-downs

    September 4, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Joan Rivers, who became a comedic star with an act that was a mélange of insult, insecurity, over-the-top cattiness and a nothing-is-sacred philosophy, died on Thursday at the age of 81, her daughter Melissa Rivers said.

    Rivers, an outspoken advocate of the plastic surgery that...

  • Interviewing Joan Rivers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    In May 2013, I was more than a tad nervous when asked to conduct a 45-minute Q&A with Rivers following a performance of her act at the American Jewish University.  Rivers, after all, was the notorious fashion polista of the red carpet awards scene, so ruthless that she once...

  • RIP Joan Rivers, you Jewess, you

    September 4, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    As news of Joan Rivers’ passing ricocheted around the world Thursday, we took a moment to comb our archives for some of Rivers’ recent high points and low points:

    2004: Rivers joins JDate.

    2010: Rivers is among the honorees at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration at the...

  • Celebrity reactions to Joan Rivers’ death

    September 4, 2014 | 1:12 pm

  • No-holds-barred comedian Joan Rivers dies at age 81

    September 4, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    Joan Rivers, the pioneering comedian known for her acerbic wit, classic put-downs and for asking "Can we talk?," died on Thursday at the age of 81 in a New York hospital a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

    Melissa Rivers, the comedian's only...

  • Joan Rivers talks about death in one of her last interviews

    September 4, 2014 | 9:09 am

    “I’ve had a great life”, insisted Joan Rivers.  “If I dropped dead right now, nobody’s going to say ‘So young’.  I’ve had such a great ride.” 

    The Jewish comedian, born Joan Molinsky, made that comment and several others about death in an wide-ranging, hour-long interview in July...

  • Comedian Joan Rivers still on life support, Melissa Rivers says

    September 2, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Comedian Joan Rivers remained on life support on Tuesday after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest, her daughter Melissa said.

    Rivers, 81, was hospitalized in New York last week after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure at a Manhattan...

  • Comedian Joan Rivers remains in serious condition at N.Y. hospital

    August 30, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    Comedian Joan Rivers was in serious condition on Friday at a New York hospital a day after she was admitted suffering cardiac arrest when her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure, her family and hospital officials said.

    "Her condition remains serious, but she is...

  • Report: Rivers in induced coma

    August 29, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Joan Rivers is reportedly in an induced coma.

    CBS reported Friday that the veteran comedian was placed in a medically induced coma after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

    Rivers, 81, was undergoing throat surgery at a New York clinic on Thursday when she stopped...

  • Joan Rivers hospitalized, critical but stable

    August 28, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal chords at a nearby clinic, the hospital said.

    Mount Sinai gave no details on the condition of the...

  • Melissa Rivers’ business of guilty pleasures

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    February 18, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Eighteen years ago, Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, had an idea: Red carpet entrances at awards ceremonies could be as exciting as the event itself. Melissa would play the “straight man” role, while Joan made snarky comments about the best and worst attire worn by actors,...

  • Joan Rivers, banned from ‘Tonight Show,’ returns for Jimmy Fallon’s debut

    February 18, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Monday Night marked Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show.” It was also the first time Joan Rivers, among the parade of stars who took the stage to settle a $100 debt, appeared on the show in over 25 years. Even more monumental: It was the 49th anniversary of her...

  • Calendar: January 11-17

    By Laura Donney

    January 8, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    SAT | JAN 11

    CINDY CHUPACK

    She’s a screenwriter who has offered you her biting observations and keen advice through the voices of some of your favorite TV characters, from “Sex and the City” to “Modern Family.” But, if you’re not watching as much television as the rest of us,...

  • AJU’s Geller Fest spotlights the arts

    May 29, 2013 | 11:40 am

    In a new venture into presenting the arts, American Jewish University (AJU) will hold its first-ever Geller Festival of the Arts this summer, drawing names like Joan Rivers and Gideon Raff, the Israeli creator of “Homeland.”

    Running June 16-20, the week’s four events all will be...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 1, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    Turkey tourism is back!

    Last week, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, apologized to Turkey over the death of nine of its citizens during the IDF raid on the Gaza- bound ship, Marmara, in May 2010. The Marmara incident brought the Israeli-Turkish relationship down to a...

  • Joan Rivers helps Israeli gay couple

    JTA

    March 12, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    Yuval and Liran, a gay Israeli couple, want to have a child -- and they are using any help they can get, even from Hollywood. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne have joined a campaign to help the couple by posting photos of themselves holding a sign in Hebrew showing their support.

    A...

  • Joan Rivers and the consequences of Holocaust jokes on broadcast television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2013 | 11:08 am

    On the February 25th episode of the E! Entertainment's  television show "Fashion Police", comedian Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's Academy Awards dress, saying: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”  The Anti-Defamation...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Joan Rivers jokes about the holocaust and refuses to apologize

    On the Febuary 25th episode of the E! show: Fashion Police, Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's dress, saying: : “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The...

  • Rivers should apologize for Holocaust reference on E! show, ADL says

    February 27, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League called on "Fashion Police" host Joan Rivers to apologize for a Holocaust reference she made on the show.

    Rivers on the E! Entertainment Television program of Feb. 25, commenting on a dress worn by German-American supermodel Heidi Klum, said, “The last...

  • Joan Rivers seeks OJM (Old Jewish Male)

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 23, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Comedian Joan Rivers shopped with her niece, Caroline, for the perfect wedding dress…for Caroline, not Rivers!

    Rivers told Caroline and the Huffington Post,

    “You have got to feel like you are the most magical creature alive that day, because then the reality will hit. We can give...

  • Is Howard Stern the Son Joan Rivers Never Had? [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    July 9, 2010 | 4:28 pm

    The new film on Joan Rivers, “A Piece of Work,” is, as Howard said on his radio show, not just a fine documentary on Rivers, but one of the the finest documentaries on any topic you’ll see this year.  It drives along at a rock ‘n roll pace, delivering laughs, pathos, and shock.  I...

  • Live at Sundance:  The Fabulous Joan Rivers

    By Larry Mark

    January 28, 2010 | 11:20 pm

    Maybe it is the recession, or the new focus on Sundance’s rebellious roots, but there is a distinctive lack of popular swag in Park City in 2010.  But who needs a pair of boots, apparel, or trinkets, when a truly fabulous gem is in town: Joan Rivers.

    One of the hottest tickets at...

  • Live at Sundance:  Jesse Eisenberg as a Hasidic drug mule

    By Larry Mark

    January 27, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    The Ecstasy Without The Agony
    Bad Boy, Watcha Gonna Do When They Pray For You?

    Monday was like Rosh Hashana at the Sundance Film Festival.  Two of the most highly anticipated Jewish films had their world premieres to sold out audiences and standing ovations.  “Holy Rollers,”...

  • Day One at Sundance:  Live From Park City

    By Larry Mark

    January 21, 2010 | 11:36 pm

    My flight from New York City to Utah for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was overbooked and very bumpy.  Betty Davis was nowhere in sight.  Unlike yesterday’s U.S. Airways Express flight from NYC to Kentucky, on which the pilot became worried about a Jewish teenager wearing...

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