IFC to Release "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" in Theatres

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05 Feb 2010

"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," the new documentary about the Tony Award-nominated comedienne, will be distributed by IFC Films this summer.



Variety reports that IFC picked up the 84-minute documentary, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg created the film that followed Rivers for her entire 75th year.

According to Sundance, "This exposé chronicles the private dramas of irreverent, legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. The film offers a rare glimpse of the comedic process and the crazy mixture of self-doubt and anger that often fuels it. A unique look inside America's obsession with fame and celebrity, Rivers's story is both an outrageously funny journey and brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success, and the ultimate vulnerability of the first queen of comedy."

Joan Rivers earned a Best Actress Tony nomination for her 1994 play Sally Marr...and Her Escorts, which she co-wrote with Erin Sanders and director Lonny Price. She made her Broadway debut in Fun City and later joined the cast of Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. She was a regular guest-host for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" and also hosted "The Joan Rivers Show." She will play the Laurie Beechman Theatre Feb. 24.